Delmarva Treasure: HALO – Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Celeste Savage, HALO Executive Director, says she is ‘where God wants her to be.’ Her journey with HALO started a decade ago when she was a school bus driver and noticed a homeless man’s bedroll on the sidewalk.
Halo started out as a cold weather shelter for one week and then they would travel to different campsites and distribute food. They called it HALO on the streets, or HOTS. Celeste said they saw a bigger need so they opened a shelter for women.
Then, the HALO Cafe was born. “We stopped the HOTS, HALO on the Streets program, and so we feed a whole lot more people in a café,” Celeste says.
The HALO Cafe serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Celeste says 39,000 meals were served in the first half of this year. She estimates that number will hit 90,000 by the end of the year.
In addition to the HALO Cafe and women’s shelter, the facility houses a day facility, long-term program for women, and a men’s shelter. “Our goal is to provide a hand up, not a hand out, so when individuals come through the door, we do assessment, we look at the situation, what are their needs and then we try to connect them to the necessary resources,” Celeste says.
HALO relies on volunteers and right now they have about 325 active volunteers. Celeste says, “We have fantastic volunteers. They’re committed, their passionate about what they do and I think the best part is, our mission statement is to love them like Jesus, and these volunteers that we have shine that light and it’s pretty awesome.”
- When: Sunday, Sept. 20
- Time: 4:30-7 p.m.
- Where: Wicomico Youth & Civic Center