Q1 2015 Newsletter

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Below are excerpts from articles in the Quarter 1 2015 Newsletter. Please click ‘read more’ to view the full article.

Download the pdf of the Q1 205 Newsletter by clicking here.

DANCING FOR SAFE HAVEN IS APRIL 11. VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE DANCER!

by Holly McIndoe, Donor Relations & Events Manager

dancers picsThere is still time to vote for your favorite dancer to take home the “Online Favorite” award on April 11! Go to www.dancing4safehaven.org to cast your vote. Each vote is $1 (10 vote minimum). Every dollar raised supports homeless families with children at Safe Haven. For more information about the event, visit our website. Can’t attend? You can still support the event by voting for a dancer or making a general donation. Check our website and social media outlets for live updates from the event on April 11th. Special thanks to our presenting sponsors Vaco, and HCA/ TriStar Health and to our event chair, Jerry Bostelman! For more information, please contact Holly McIndoe.

HOUSING FIRST

by Aaron Palmer, Housing Coordinator

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.” Although this philosophy means well, it can create many barriers to the client’s future success. This philosophy can lead to further psychological damage to the person or family. If they are homeless long enough, it can lead to them becoming dependent upon the service- provider which ultimately inhibits them from imagining a future of self- sufficiency and away from the service- provider. (Read more…)

THANKS, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK

Staff Report

moving truckThe work we do would not be possible without corporate and community partners. “Thank you to to Two Men and a  Truck, especially owners Sandi and Steve Delaney, 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 Moms” donation drive. They will have collection sites around Nashville to collect these items: non-perishable food items, scrubs (healthcare), kitchen items, health & beauty items, linens and pillows. Click here for a list of locations and exact items needed for the donation drive.

NATIONAL ALLIANCE TO END FAMILY & YOUTH HOMELESSNESS CONFERENCE

Joyce Lavery, CEO

group shotOn February 18-20, five of us from Safe Haven joined four staff members from Catholic Charities of Tennessee, one of our  community  partners, to   represent Nashville at the National  Alliance to End Family & Youth Homelessness Conference in San Diego. We joined over 900 participants (service providers, advocates, leaders, government officials, and those that have experienced homelessness) from around the country to listen  to noted speakers, attend state of the art sessions on strategies to end family homelessness, network and share stories. We were buoyed with enthusiasm, as we believed that we could actually reverse this devastating growing trend. (Read more…)

MY BABY’S FIRST TEACHER

Judy Lewis, Education Specialist

cropped-mbft_logoSafe Haven is excited to announce that we will be hosting a new series of classes titled “My Baby’s First Teacher,” as part of the Children’s Program. Ileen Henderson, National Director of Bright Spaces, developed “My Baby’s First Teacher.”  It is a program for at-risk women who are either pregnant or new mothers to a baby under the age of one. The classes create a structured and supportive environment for moms to learn skills and information about brain development. These skills, if used properly and often, will enhance the bond between the mother and child. (Read more…)

VOLUNTEERS MAKE SAFE HAVEN “HOME”

Chris Keller, Community Relations Manager

FRA dinner vols 10 -2014During my first three months on the job as Safe Haven’s new Community Relations Manager, I have been blessed to see the energy, skills and passion of our volunteers who bring smiles to our residents on a daily basis. Safe Haven depends on volunteers for everything from providing dinners to moving families into housing. Without volunteers, the experience of our clients would be very different, and we are thankful to each person who has sacrificed their time to share their talent and passion with us. Volunteers make Safe Haven “home.” (Read more…)

BEAUTIFUL ARTWORK INSTALLED AT SAFE HAVEN

Staff Report

photo 5We 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 as a gift to Safe Haven! Anna’s piece, Invincible Summer, is filled with special meaning for our work and our families. The piece has been installed upstairs in an area where families and staff alike can enjoy and be inspired by it. Click here to read more about the piece.

IN MEMORIAM: AL BUNETTA

Staff Report

Dawn and Al to use on social media post 3-2015We are saddened to learn of the recent passing of Al Bunetta, a member of our Safe Haven family. He and his beloved wife Dawn have given generously through volunteerism and their tireless efforts of support from the Juri Bunetta Friendship  Foundation, with Safe Haven as a beneficiary of the annual Building Bridges Golf Tournament. Our thoughts and prayers are with Dawn along with the Bunetta family and friends. “Al and Dawn have been champions of the marginalized and have the biggest hearts I know,” said Safe Haven CEO Joyce Lavery. “Much love and grace to Dawn, our dear friend.”

IN MEMORIAM: JACQUELAINE DENISE ROB (J’Laine)

Staff Report

J'LaineWe also honor the passing of Jacquelaine Denise Robnolt Vest (J’Laine) who effortlessly made a lasting impression on many of our children at Safe Haven. She was an instructor of “Pen & Paper,” a creative writing class sponsored by the organization A Novel  Idea. J’Laine was a creative, caring woman who had a genuine interest in each child who entered her presence. Read more about J’Laine in a recent blog by Education Specialist Judy Lewis.

WELCOME NEW BOARD MEMBERS

Staff Report

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 them. Click the ‘read more’ link to see a list of new board members and a little bit about each of them. (Read more…)

SAVE THE DATE: THE BIG PAYBACK IS MAY 5

Staff Report

BigPayback2015Participant-WebMark your calendar for Tuesday, May 5. We are in for the Big Payback, a community- wide, 24-hour online giving challenge hosted by The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. The money we raise on May 5, will make a positive impact on the homeless families with children at Safe Haven! Want to help? We need ambassadors, donors and social media volunteers. We also welcome corporate matches. Let us know if your company can offer an incentive or match to help us raise more money! Email snunnally@safehaven.org for more info!

GUARDIAN ANGELS

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…)

SHOP FOR SAFE HAVEN

kroger comm rewardsSHOP KROGER: Register your Kroger Plus card with community rewards and select Safe Haven Family Shelter (51194) as your charity. Each time you shop with you Kroger Plus card, Safe Haven will receive a portion of the proceeds.

smile 3SHOP AMAZON SMILE: Shop Amazon.com using our Amazon Smile link, and Amazon will donate 0.5% of your purchase to Safe Haven.