Laura Joosse: Working with HALO has been such an amazing experience. Our group is so diverse; we come from all different ages, ethnicities, and walks of life, but we are still all able to connect and support each other on the most fundamental human issues that we all deal with.
Just the other night, one older HALO resident gave the most powerful performance in one of the scenes that was put together by students and residents. In the scene, he played a father who just lost his son in a car accident. He later revealed to all of us, the strong connection that the scene has to his own life. He had previously lost an infant daughter to crib death, and he worries for the safety and well-being of his only, teenage son who has gone down the wrong path. Spontaneously, he asks the entire group for advice and support in helping his son and reconnecting with him again. A few students gave their genuine input based on their own real-life experiences. He listened and took in every word. He seemed to gain such an understanding and appreciation for what we do there, and it is times like this that have encouraged us and justified our reasons for being there.