Fall 2014

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Below are excerpts from the Fall 2014 Newsletter articles. Please click ‘read more’ to view the full article.

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by Stacy Nunnally, Hike Coordinator

use this one for sureTeam 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 HIKE, we are working to make it the best ever. Our goal? $100K in 100 Days! You can help by starting a team, joining a team, making a donation and spreading the word! (Read more…)


by Joyce Lavery, CEO

jen and matt at conferenceWe are excited to announce that we received notice this summer that Safe Haven was selected for funding from United Way of Metropolitan Nashville (through their Health Strategic Area) for case management services. The funding is a part of an ongoing partnership among Safe Haven, Catholic Charities, United Way and the Siemer Institute for Family Stability.The Siemer Institute for Family Stability (SIFS), based in Columbus, OH partners with United Ways around the country to implement a successful case management model and has expanded from 10 to 50 cities. The Siemer model provides support to families who are homeless or on the brink of homelessness through a model of long-term support through community-based case management (for up to 24 months) for families in their program. (Read more…)


by Rachel O’Connor, Volunteer Manager

volunteer article pic-susanWe have so many wonderful volunteers at Safe Haven who bring/prepare food, tutor, help at events, provide childcare and so much more. Susie Garland and her daughter Sammi volunteer with our children’s program every week, and have been doing so for about a year now. Last fall, the resource officer at Sammi’s school challenged the students to do something to make a positive impact on their community. Sammi took the challenge to mom, Susie and suggested maybe handing out blankets to the homeless. “I told her it was a good idea,” said Susie. “But there are a lot of organizations already working with the homeless and suggested to Sammie that working with one of them could be more effective.” Sammi did some research online, and told her mom she wanted to volunteer at Safe Haven because they served families with children. “That was last November,” said Susie. “We have been volunteering with the children at Safe Haven on Wednesday nights ever since.” (Read More…)


Staff Report

Safe Haven WallMove 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 year their local branches partners with a local organization to give back to their community in which they work. (Read more…)


by Judy Lewis, Education Specialist

The Children’s Program at Safe Haven creates an opportunity for the children we serve to grow and learn in a safe and nurturing environment. We are currently serving students in 18 schools across Nashville through our emergency and transitional housing placements, along with 2 college students and many toddlers and infants. This past summer, we were able to send 26 children to camp—partnering with a total of 19 different summer programs. We hope to increase the number of children by 10 for next summer. (Read more…)


Staff Report

hope for holiday pic if you need oneBecause of the generous support of friends like you, the holidays sparkle with hope for the homeless children and their families at Safe Haven. We are fortunate to have many members of the community reach out to support our families during the holiday season. Please help us ensure that this tradition of promise continues. Please visit our website to find ways individual donors, volunteers, groups, faith organizations and corporations can make a difference in the lives of our homeless families. Ways to give include blessings with bows holiday cards, holiday gifts, items from our Amazon wish lists, housewarming packages, gift cards, monetary donations and more. For a full list of ways to help, click here.


by Holly McIndoe, Donor Relations & Event Manager

dance logo graphicMark your calendar for the 6th Annual Dancing for Safe Haven on Saturday, April 11, 2015!  The event is chaired by Jerry Bostelman, founder of Vaco, and will feature celebrity dancers competing for the votes of judges and the audience while raising funds to support Safe Haven Family Shelter’s programs and services. Join us in our new event location at the Sheraton Nashville Downtown Hotel and experience the hotel’s recent multi-million dollar transformation. For more information, please contact Holly McIndoe, hmcindoe@safehaven.org.


by Rachael Wilkins, Fund Development Director

Guardian AngelEach family comes to Safe Haven with a unique story and very specific needs. Our Guardian Angel program allows you to help our families through various levels of support that span our continuum of services. Impact the life of a homeless family today. Become a Guardian Angel. For more information, contact Rachael Wilkins at 615-256-8195 or via email at rwilkins@safehaven.org. Click the ‘read more’ link to see the Guardian Angel levels and donors. (Read more…)