History

“There is a lot that happens around the world we cannot control. We cannot stop earthquakes, we cannot prevent droughts, and we cannot prevent all conflict, but when we know where the hungry, the homeless and the sick exist, then we can help.”
- Jan Schakowsky

Almost 30 years ago, two Nashville non-profits emerged to serve our community’s homeless families. Separately, the shelters existed as Safe Haven Shelter and the Nashville Family Shelter. Both driven by the belief that parents and children must be kept together in order to ensure security, success and self-sufficiency, the non-profits merged in 2003 to create the Safe Haven Family Shelter.

Safe Haven Family ShelterWith almost three decades of experience in the changing field of family homelessness, Safe Haven Family Shelter is a leader in the proactive programs, evidence-based practices, and trauma-informed care necessary to educate and advocate for the empowerment and eventual stability of Nashville’s homeless population.

Safe Haven Family Shelter prioritizes family unity; we are the only shelter-to-housing program in Middle Tennessee to accept the entire homeless family, keeping children with parents underneath the same roof. Save Haven Family provides the opportunity and structure needed for each family to succeed.