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.

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 create an interactive mural experience. The mural brings to life a space around the one-year old building and is based on what Safe Haven means to the [...]

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 at the Hike for the Homeless, online, and by email! A sample wreath will be at the Hike! Wreath Delivery is [...]

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

Dave- thank you-- safehaven opening

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 [...]

Update from the Children’s Program


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 [...]

New Staff, New Collaborations and Intensive Training

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Thanks to a new partnership with United Way (more details to follow), we are able to increase our case management staff and long term community-based services. We welcome case managers Susan Brantley and Ashley Moore, both enthusiastic and skilled social workers that will allow us to serve more families. In addition, we want to welcome [...]

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

One of the kids at Safe Haven pauses for a pic on his first day of school.

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 [...]

SHFS & Curb Records Announce 10th Annual Hike for the Homeless

Mike Curb

$100k in 100 Days Campaign to kick off the event begins July 28th   Safe Haven Family Shelter (SHFS), the only shelter program of its kind in Middle Tennessee that serves homeless families, announces the 10th Annual Hike for the Homeless presented by Mike Curb and Curb Records. “I am proud to support this event [...]

Team up for $100K in 100 Days- 10th Annual Hike for the Homeless

We are gearing up for the 10th Annual Hike for the Homeless on November 8 at Edwin Warner Park. We are excited to celebrate 10 YEARS of this wonderful event that is so much more than a hike. With food, children’s activities and live music, it is the best family event of the fall! In [...]

Welcoming New Staff

Rachel O'connor

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 [...]