Q3 2015 Newsletter

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Below are excerpts from articles in the Quarter 3 2015 (Fall) Newsletter. Please click ‘read more’ to view the full article.

Download the pdf of the Q3 2015 Newsletter by clicking here.

TEAM UP FOR THE 11th ANNUAL HIKE FOR THE HOMELESS (NOV. 7)

by Stacy Nunnally, Hike Coordinator

hike 2015 logoTeam up with us for the 11th Annual Hike for the Homeless on November 7! 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. Our goal? $100,000 You can help by starting a team, joining a team, making a donation and spreading the word! (Read more…)

DIERKS BENTLEY SUPPORTS THE “RISERS” AT SAFE HAVEN WITH MUSIC VIDEO AND FUNDS

by Rachael Wilkins, Development Director

Dierks and AmyMulti-PLATINUM entertainer Dierks Bentley decided to use his compelling song and title of his latest album, “Riser” to garner awareness about the subject of family homelessness. Director Wes Edwards partnered with Safe Haven, a homeless family shelter, to feature a true story of a formerly homeless client named Amy—chronicling her journey back to self-sufficiency. (Read more…)

NASHVILLE’S HOMELESS FAMILIES FALL THROUGH CRACKS

by Joyce Lavery, CEO

joyce lavery headshot for articleReprinted with permission from the 10/12/15 Tennessean. Nashville Public Schools reported 3,018 students as being homeless at one point during the 2014-15 school year. That number does not include children who are not of school age or youth who dropped out. We have seen a rise in family homelessness both locally and nationally since the 1980s as affordable housing decreased dramatically along with other social and economic shifts. The face of homelessness is now more likely to include children and infants. It challenges our stereotypes and assumptions. With the explosive growth of Nashville and sharply rising housing costs, more families are finding themselves unable to sustain housing. The causes of family homelessness are complex and often include family violence, trauma, poverty, lack of education and lack of opportunity, but housing is at the heart of this dilemma. So what can we do? (Read more…)

EDUCATIONAL SCREENINGS: A PARTNERSHIP WITH VANDERBILT

by Judy Lewis, Education Specialist and Sofia Jimenez, Project Specialist

vu logoSafe Haven is now partnering with the Child Language and Literacy Lab from the Vanderbilt Hearing and Speech Sciences Department to give each child at Safe Haven an opportunity to have an educational screening. The information will also be used to learn more about how children experiencing homelessness match up to their housed peers, in the areas that will be studied. The comprehensive screening includes evaluating the speech, language, reading, I.Q. and/or math skills of each child.  (Read more…)

VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT: SHELLY MILES

by Chris Keller, Community Relations Manager

PrintVolunteers play a major role in the day-to-day efforts at Safe Haven to help our families. As the Community Relations Manager at Safe Haven, I have the privilege of working with many volunteers and volunteer groups throughout the year. It personally amazes me each day to see the selflessness of  our volunteers. The Middle Tennessee community has truly stepped up to enthusiastically support Safe Haven families. We are truly blessed to have such quality volunteers on our team, and without them, we could not make out shelter feel like a “home.” (Read more…)

HOPE FOR THE HOLIDAYS: WAYS TO HELP

choice 2 if one with pic doesn't workThe holiday season is just around the corner. Because 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. Needs include holiday gifts, items from our Amazon wish lists, housewarming packages, gift cards and monetary donations. For a full list of ways to help, click here.

URGENT NEEDS AT SAFE HAVEN

inkind needsAt Safe Haven we have ongoing needs for donations of items frequently used. You can see a full list of our needs and visit our Amazon wish list here.Please email us at info@safehaven.org if you have items you would like to donate. We can let you know which items we can take and arrange an appointment for you to drop them off. Click ‘read more’ to see a list of our most urgent needs right now. (Read more…)

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…)