Sashes, sequins and serious results…

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James Brown said, “The one thing that can solve most of our problems is dancing.” Well, we don’t know if that is true, but dancing definitely helped Safe Haven and our families. The 6th Annual Dancing for Safe Haven took place on April 11 at the Sheraton Downtown Nashville. It was a night of sashes, [...]

Volunteers Make Safe Haven “Home”

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This week, April 12-18, is National Volunteer Appreciation Week, a time to pause and appreciate the vast contributions of our amazing volunteers. For 31 years, volunteers have worked side by side with Safe Haven providing 276,780 hours of service and 324,650 meals. But more than just numbers, our volunteers help empower our families, encourage hope [...]

2015 Hero Award

Photo credit: Ashley Hylbert Photography

“The hero, it might be said, is called into being when perception of a need and the recognition of responsibility toward it are backed up by the will to act.” -Mike Alsford The Hero Award honors a volunteer who has exhibited extraordinary leadership, vision and dedication. This year, we are excited to honor Catherine Knowles. [...]

We hit $50K in online voting, let’s dance on up to $65K!

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Thank you for your donations to vote for your favorite dancer(s) online! Thanks to your generous support and the Cartwright-Blevins match, we hit our online voting goal of $50,000! Help us reach $65,000 by 11:59 p.m. on April 10 by voting for your favorite dancer and alumni dancer. Every dollar raised not only brings a [...]

Two Men and a Truck Donation Drive

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The work we do would not be possible without corporate and community partners. We appreciate the partnership we have with  Two Men and a Truck who help us move families into their own housing. We are excited to announce that Two Men and a Truck selected Safe Haven as a recipient for their “Movers for [...]

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

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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

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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 [...]