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 [...]

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!

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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 [...]