Spring 2012 Newsletter Articles

Below are excerpts from the Spring 2012 Newsletter articles. Please click ‘read more’ to view the full article. A pdf version of the Spring 2012 Newsletter can be viewed/downloaded by clicking here.


Overcoming Obstacles:  Jack and Laura’s Story

Before coming to SHFS with their three children, Jack and Laura’s family took shelter in a trailer with no air conditioning. It was July. The heat irrepressible, overwhelming even the refrigerator’s capacity to keep their food cold. Once the family found their way out of this nightmare and came to SHFS in 2010, things turned for the better. (Read more…) 



Staffers to Present at National Conference

Safe Haven Family Shelter is pleased to announce that Tina Collier, LMFT and Stefanie Tinnell will be presenters at the seventh annual Young Children Without Homes National Conference in Boston. Tina and Stefanie will address what it means to be homeless, the impact of homelessness on the developmental stages of children and how programs like Safe Haven’s can help caregivers assisting families in homelessness to prevent future trauma. (Read more…)


Local Luminaries Don Dancing Shoes for Safe Haven Family Shelter

On Friday, April 20, SHFS will host its third annual Dancing for Safe Haven fundraiser at Loews Vanderbilt Plaza. Mike and Sharon Pigott will serve as co-chairs of the event, which features a dancing completion of prominent local figures and professional dancers, dinner and more.  (Read more…)



More Laughs and a Three-Ring Circus

Safe Haven Family Shelter volunteers recently hosted two successful fundraising events:  Museum and Menagerie: a Circus Celebration from Past to Present and Bringing Home the Laughs. (Read more…)




“Searching for Answers:  Connecting Services” by Executive Director Joyce Lavery

When I began the role of executive director, I struggled to find information on family homelessness—local and national trends, best practices in services, strategies and sound statistics to inform our work. I also sought a community of other service providers that understood the challenges and rewards of supporting homeless families. This past January, I found what I was looking for at the Institute of Children, Poverty and Homelessness (ICPH) conference, Beyond Housing: a National Conversation of Child Homelessness and Poverty in New York City. (Read more…)


Why She Volunteers: Tomeka Bogan    

Volunteering at Safe Haven Family Shelter is a great opportunity to so families at the shelter that there are people who care. When you don’t have the money to donate, you can donate your time instead. I started out volunteering through the Maximus/TN Works program. Once the program ended, I continued to volunteer because it gave me a worthwhile feeling.  (Read more…)


Spring Lunch and Learns

Find out how you can get involved at Safe Haven Family Shelter. Come enjoy a catered lunch and tour of the shelter. To RSVP, please email Stefanie Tinnell at stinnell@safehaven.org.

The spring dates are: March 21, April 18, May 16 and take place at Safe Haven Family Shelter at 11:30a .m.  Click here for more details.


Guardian Angel Program Update

Each family comes to SHFS with a unique story and very specific needs. Our Guardian Angel program allows you to help our families with different levels of support throughout our continuum of services.  Click here for more information about the Guardian Angel program. (Read more…)