Moving to “Housing First”

A Safe Haven family who recently moved into their own house.

Homeless shelters have traditionally operated from a philosophy that said, “We need to fix the person before moving them into housing and beyond our programs.” These service providers and shelters that attempt to “fix” a person before providing housing often offer programs that are beneficial for people such as therapy, GED completion trainings, job readiness [...]

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


“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 [...]

Beautiful Artwork Installed at Safe Haven

Invincible Summer 30x40 mixed media on canvas

We are excited and honored to have a special piece of art hanging at Safe Haven. Recently volunteers and donors Shelley and Gerald Gotterer commissioned Anna Jaap to create a special work for display at Safe Haven. Anna donated half of her time for this work with Shelley picking up the rest of the cost [...]

Welcoming New Board Members

Stephanie Bonner

Our board members are important leaders and advocates for Safe Haven. The Board of Directors is comprised of leaders from the Nashville community who support and lead the functions of the shelter through a variety of committees. We are excited to welcome the following new board members: Kyle Allen, VACO Kyle Allen works on the [...]

Thank You to Our Guardian Angel Donors

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We wanted to take time at the end of the year to thank our Guardian Angel donors who make an impact on the homeless families at Safe Haven. We appreciate your support and generosity. Thank you for being a part of our family, a village really, that takes care of others, raises them up and [...]

National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week


Note: We posted this blog on 11/17/14. In today’s Tennessean (11/18/14), there is a story about the state of homeless children in Tennessee. Almost 2.5 million children experience homelessness in America each year. This historic high represents one in every 30 children in the U.S. (Source: American Institutes on Research; The National Center on Family [...]

Big Goal. Big Team Effort. Huge Hike Success.

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“I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something.” ― Edward Everett Hale Small ripples make big waves and what a big wave we created together for the 10th Annual Hike for the Homeless! Because of you, this 10th year of the Hike was a huge success! [...]

Strength, Hope & Partnerships from the NAEHCY Conference


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 [...]

Safe Haven Mural: A Story of Hope

Andee Rudloff shares the plan with Safe Haven CEO Joyce Lavery.

UPDATE: GREAT VIDEO OF THE MURAL PROJECT WITH TIME LAPSE AT THE END. Mural by Andee Rudolff. Video by Spenser Fritz. Music on video by Danielle Peck. From a blank concrete wall to a work of art, artist Andee Rudloff designed a masterpiece. Rudloff worked with Safe Haven Family Shelter and volunteers from HCA to [...]

Celebrate the Season…Support Safe Haven & The Taylor Emmons Scholarship Fund

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This holiday season, decorate your home with a gorgeous handmade wreath from Maine that looks beautiful and helps two great causes…Safe Haven Family Shelter and The Taylor Emmons Scholarship Fund! Wreaths can be ordered online and by email!  Click here to download the order form that can be completed and mailed with a check. Wreath Delivery [...]

Team Up for the 10th Annual Hike for the Homeless

Team up with Safe Haven and presenting sponsor Curb Records for the 10th Annual Hike for the Homeless on November 8! Safe Haven Family Shelter is gearing up for the Hike for the Homeless, a Nashville favorite for its heavy dose of outdoor time, friends, family, food and fun. Since this is our 10th ANNUAL [...]

Extreme Courtyard Makeover…


Move over ‘extreme home make over.’ At Safe Haven, we had an ‘extreme courtyard makeover!’ The Brickman Group in Nashville celebrated their “Founder’s Day” with a community project for Safe Haven. They created a beautiful courtyard at Safe Haven. Brickman is a national full service landscape company that has been in business since 1939.  Each [...]

An update from college…


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 [...]

Dave Gleason- His Legacy

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On September 4, we lost a leader in childhood development programs and an advocate for children everywhere. We are saddened by the passing of Dave Gleason, president emeritus for Bright Horizons Foundation for Children, and for whom our Bright Spaces area at Safe Haven is named. We were honored, and continued to be honored, by [...]

Dinner, Drinks and Silent Auction benefiting Safe Haven

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On Monday, October 6, The Juri Bunetta Friendship Foundation will host its 2nd Annual Building Bridges Golf Tournament  and Silent Auction benefiting Safe Haven Family Shelter at Fairvue Plantation Club in Gallatin. You may have previously attended our Hike for the Homeless Patron’s Party. This year, in place of that event, we invite you to [...]