Welcoming New Staff

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As we mark the year anniversary of the grand re-opening of our renovated shelter and offices, we also celebrate the expansion of our programs. We have integrated evidence-based services like trauma-informed care, motivational interviewing, critical time intervention and Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), and we are exploring a housing-first strategy. Safe Haven is doing what [...]

Guest Blog: Another Chance to Shine


This guest blog was written by Jonathan Wright , SHINE3, Consultant and Coordinator and Vanessa Hampton, SHINE3, Teacher and Trainer. Another Chance to Shine From the world outside you’re hiding your face, But I can see you shine, I can see you shine. You think your life has all but been erased, But I can [...]

Hike for the Homeless: The College Challenge

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Hey everyone! My name is Kaitlyn, and I came all the way from Pennsylvania to intern with Safe Haven this summer! One of the big projects I’ll be working on over the next few months is helping to plan this year’s Hike for the Homeless, which I’m super excited about! While I am new to [...]

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 [...]

Support Circles: Rebuilding Community for Homeless Families

“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.”  ― Mother Teresa While there are many “causes” of homelessness, everyone who experiences homelessness has experienced a loss of support networks in their lives for one reason or another. If a person’s homelessness is caused, in [...]

“Be Together,” an excerpt from the Memorial Foundation Annual Report

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The Memorial Foundation featured Safe Haven and the story of one of our families in their recent annual report. It is a beautiful piece and shares the story of Amy and her family’s experience with Safe Haven. We are posting the text of the feature here with permission from the Memorial Foundation. “Where we love [...]

June Anniversaries- A Time to Celebrate & Reflect

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June 2014 celebrates Safe Haven’s 30th anniversary, the one year anniversary of occupying our new shelter facility, and my 5 year anniversary as executive director/CEO of this most treasured and proven organization.  Anniversaries are a time to celebrate, but also a time to reflect. When I walked into my role and through the doors of [...]

#BigPayback and #150DaysofGiving: Opportunities to give to Safe Haven

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More than just hashtags the #BigPayback and #150DaysofGiving are opportunities for Safe Haven to raise much needed funds. Money raised would support our families stay in shelter and transitional housing including programs and services that empower homeless families with children to achieve lasting self-sufficiency.   BIG PAYBACK Save the date! May 6, 2014 is the [...]

National Volunteer Week: A Thank You Note from the Safe Haven Staff


It is officially National Volunteer Week, April 6-12, 2014. This week is about inspiring, recognizing and encouraging people to seek out imaginative ways to engage in their communities. It’s about demonstrating to the nation that by working together, we have the fortitude to meet our challenges and accomplish our goals. And it is about expressing [...]

You Make Us Feel Like Dancing! Dancing for Safe Haven is April 12.

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The Fifth Annual Dancing for Safe Haven is April 12 at Lowes Vanderbilt Plaza. Cue the music, the dancers, the glitz, and yes, the glamour. Dancers are practicing, votes are coming in for online favorite, tickets are being sold and Loews Vanderbilt is gearing up for an outstanding dinner and dancing event! We have had [...]

Homes for Families – Blessed and VI-SPDATed!

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Safe Haven is excited to be part of Nashville’s new goal to house 50 families and 50 individuals through a new Coordinated Entry System (CES). This new campaign is part of the 100,000 Homes Campaign and will run from February 10 to May 28, 2014. During this time, Safe Haven has been making changes to [...]

The Final Miles- Run/Walk with Us

Through generous community partners and donors, our Widen our Welcome campaign to fund the shelter expansion is almost complete. We are coming into the final stretch and the finish line is almost in site. I can’t help but think of those last miles of the marathon.  If you have ever run a marathon or watched [...]

Fall 2013 Newsletter: Expressions of Gratitude

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Below are excerpts from the Fall 2013 Newsletter articles. Please click ‘read more’ to view the full article. Download the pdf of the Fall 2013 Newsletter by clicking here. Our theme for this issue is “gratitude.” We are thankful for all those who participated in and donated to our Widen Our Welcome campaign. We are [...]

Thank you for making the 9th Annual Hike for the Homeless a success!

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There are many, many thank you’s to go around for the success of our Hike for the Homeless. We want to thank our sponsors, donors, hikers, volunteers, board and staff. We also want to give special thanks to our emcee, Vicky Yates; to the Danny Salazar Band for the wonderful music; to Niki G Fitness [...]

Strengthening Parent-Child Relationships at Safe Haven

Hannah Evans is the Senior Case Manager at Safe Haven.

At Safe Haven Family Shelter, we are not only expanding our capacity in terms of the number of families served, but we are also improving the services we provide. In addition to expanding the program team to provide more comprehensive support for the families and creating a children’s program, we are now offering Parent-Child Interaction [...]