A Visit to Explore! Community School for a Poverty Simulation

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Last week, I along with Safe Haven/Catholic Charities VISTAS Frankie, Colleen, and Alex visited Explore! Community School. We led all 1st grade classrooms through a poverty simulation so that they could get a hands on experience of what it is like to be a family living in Nashville for a month. We tied in the use [...]

Parenting for Excellence

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Safe Haven recently  launched its newest course—Parenting for Excellence. This 4-week class will empower parents to define their parenting goals, discover tools to help them reach for success and feel supported in the decisions they make to help guide their child(ren) to academic, social, and emotional wellness. Parenting for Excellence is designed for parents of [...]

Vanderbilt After School Program: Empower Hour

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The last night  of  the 2015 Vanderbilt After school Program (VAP)  Empower Hour was last week. The Vanderbilt students in the group provide one-on-one tutoring for Safe Haven students each week during the semester. We are so grateful to have such a diverse and talented team working with the children we serve. They become role [...]

Back to School at Safe Haven

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School is just around the corner. Our students go back on August 5!  We want to make sure our children are prepared mentally but also with the proper materials. We have a list of items, below, that will help our children fulfill material lists for this fall.   Needed items: 2 & 3 inch binders [...]

Summer Camps Offer Enrichment Opps for Children

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Summer is in full swing and so are our children’s programs. Children at Safe Haven Family Shelter are involved in a number of camps and programs this summer. We are proud to offer so many one-of-a-kind opportunities for our children through the Safe Haven SEEDS (Summer Enrichment Experience for Deserving Students) program. By offering a [...]

Just Her Name: Mourning the Loss of a Safe Haven Volunteer

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“J’Laine”… When I see this name, I don’t see it in past tense because it still lives on in our children. Today marks a month since the passing of a woman who so effortlessly made a lasting impression on many of our children at Safe Haven. She was an instructor of “Pen & Paper,” a [...]

Strength, Hope & Partnerships from the NAEHCY Conference

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The trend of the day, or what I have picked up on at the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY) Conference., is strength and hope. Hearing that there are 1.2 million identified homeless children in the U.S. is heartbreaking, but what those children need less of is pity and, after [...]

An update from college…

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The high school graduation rate for homeless children is less than 25%. It is even more rare for those children who do graduate from high school to go on to receive post-secondary education. We are excited and proud that, in the past several  months, we have been able to help our two recent high school [...]

Update from the Children’s Program

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Last week, we held the first Reading Club for the year, and the kids really enjoyed it! The Reading Club is an opportunity for all children at Safe Haven to come together and discover new ways of looking at text, using stories to create art (and other unique works) and have fun with reading. It [...]

First Day of School: Taking on a New Year Ready for Success!

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As the first days of the new school year comes to a close, we are thankful for all of our volunteers, donors and community partners for helping us pull off a seamless transition. The students at Safe Haven are ready to take on a new year, in schools all over Davidson county. Our K-12 children [...]

Back to School: Supplies Needed!

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It is back to school time! We are lucky to have the support of the Metropolitan Nashville Public School H.E.R.O. program which provides children at Safe Haven with a back pack and school uniforms. However, we still need school supplies for the students here at Safe Haven. As you know, having the required school supplies [...]

Shaella’s Blog: Moving Forward

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Blog Intro… As Education Specialist at Safe Haven, I have the privilege of working with many of our children in depth, ensuring that they have access to adequate resources and opportunities to succeed in school. I aim to instill a sense of hope and confidence in each child, while eliminating barriers that might prevent them [...]

Safe Haven is Committed to Children’s Well-Being and Education Success

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This is a joint blog by CEO Joyce Lavery and Education Specialist Judy Lewis. Joyce’s introduction is in the gray box, followed by Judy’s blog. “The answer to this poverty is not more shelters. The answer is not more public assistance. The answer is guaranteeing an education so people can earn a living wage, so [...]