Safe Haven Named ‘Neighborhood Builder’ by Bank of America

3 whole group with checkBank of America has named Safe Haven Family Shelter of Nashville its 2015 Neighborhood Builder and recipient of a $200,000 grant and leadership training. The grant was presented on Nov. 10 in a ceremony recognizing Safe Haven’s work in the community.

Safe Haven is a leading nonprofit in Nashville with three decades of advocating for homeless families and addressing this community-wide issue. The organization is being recognized as a Neighborhood Builder because it keeps families together and helps them achieve self-sufficiency.

“Safe Haven Family Shelter touches the lives of thousands of families here in Nashville,” said John Stein, Tennessee president, Bank of America. “The organization’s unique approach to reduce family homelessness in Middle Tennessee aligns with Bank of America’s commitment to build thriving communities and help families be secure in their own homes. This is a key step in achieving financial security.”

Safe Haven is the only shelter-to-housing program of its kind in Middle Tennessee that accepts the entire homeless family. The nonprofit strives to keep families together through proactive programs, evidence based practices and trauma informed care.

“This grant will allow us to house and employ more families experiencing homelessness and to further invest in training for our staff,” said Joyce Lavery, Safe Haven executive director. “We could not be more grateful to Bank of America and will do our upmost to use this generous gift to provide more community solutions to help Nashville’s most vulnerable families become stable.”

Safe Haven Director of Development Rachael Wilkins was named Emerging Leader and also recognized at the event this week.


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Since 2004, the Bank of America Charitable Foundation has invested $183 million in more than 900 nonprofit organizations and provided leadership resources to nearly 2,000 nonprofit leaders through Neighborhood Builders and the Neighborhood Builders Leadership Program®. This long-term investment in nonprofit leadership development and capacity building is the largest philanthropic investment of its kind.

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