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Oprah website features Jefferson City native

by News Tribune staff [email protected] | June 19, 2022 at 4:00 a.m.
HALO founder Rebecca Welsh greets the crowd filling the Miller Center for Performing Arts auditorium before delivering the day's key speech, "Living With Intention," on Saturday, September 15, 2019, during the INSPIRE Women's Conference. Proceeds from the one-day event benefit the homeless and at-risk children of HALO. (Kris Wilson/News Tribune photo)

A Jefferson City native is the subject of the first story in a series on the Oprah Winfrey website at

The site's "Good People Doing Great Things" series featured Rebecca Welsh, founder of HALO (Helping Art Liberate Orphans), which provides housing, healing and education to thousands of homeless and at-risk children around the world.

The series is intended to highlight everyday heroes who see a need and are stepping up to help.

Within the story, Welsh discusses meeting Daisy, the 6-year-old Honduran child who asked if she could have the drink Welsh was enjoying. She soon realized Daisy was among a group of homeless, orphaned children living in the streets.

She cared for the children as much as possible over the next six months, until the "mercy ship" from which she served departed the island.

Welsh returned to Kansas City in 2002 and began raising money for international orphans. She eventually founded HALO to assist the children.

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