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History of HALO

Center of Hope

In 2004, the Center of Hope was started as an outreach ministry of Oak Ridge Baptist Church.  This ministry was designed to help meet the needs of the homeless and hurting in the tri-county area.

We started with a few programs: "Be Our Guest" was a week long shelter and dinner; "Fill my Cup" was a one time Easter Dinner; and "Hope on the Streets" was a street ministry where we delivered food to known homeless camps.

In 2007 due to overwhelming growth, The Center of Hope changed it's name to:  Hope And Life Outreach (HALO) and became a separate 501 (c) (3) organization.

The Early Years

From Center of Hope, HALO kept up with our street ministry and opened our thrift ministry's first building in the Tilghman Center. We quickly out grew our space!

At the same time, we continued having Be Our Guest at Oak Ridge Baptist Church, still for a week at a time. Soon, though, we knew we had to expand. We opened up our cold weather shelter for women and children for three months in the winter.

Through a generous donation from an unanimous donor, we were able to lease a portion of the facility and open the HALO Cafe


Of course we couldn't just have a cold weather shelter, and we couldn't just house women and children. We have expanded to a shelter open 365 days a year, 7 days a week, for both women and children and men along with a Long-Term Life Change Program! We are serving three meals a day in our Cafe and our Day Facility is providing the needed resources to get our guests' lives back on track, and nightly devotions to share the Good News.

That building that we were leasing? We bought it! The new sections are now being used as the home for our new administrative office and Eagle Wings Youth-at-Risk Program!