Founded in 2002, HAL is an outgrowth of the 10-year old Freethinkers of Colorado Springs (FTCS), a widely known, uniquely successful free thought social and educational organization. Shortly after the turn of the century, the veteran leaders of FTCS sensed that it was time to move on to a more pro-active humanist outreach in Colorado Springs. FTCS membership, though solid, did not seem to reflect what was happening to a changing urban community.
The city was growing rapidly, and its ethical dilemmas, brought on by an unprecedented number of churches and religious educational institutions, were now apparent. Social alienation of an increasingly non-religious community was seen to be widespread. Humanist social services in niche areas were non-existent. A new kind of secular, free thought institution was needed, one that would logically follow-up the 10 years of ground breaking work by the Freethinkers of Colorado Springs.
HAL, a logical follow up to FTCS, was therefore created. Together, HAL and the skeptical population of freethinkers already in place made a promising combination. With it, a humanist educational and social service program has a much better chance of gaining ground in the near future than if HAL or FTCS were to exist alone.