Spring 2014

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

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SAFE HAVEN HONORS FOUNDER WINNIE MCKENZIE

by Andy Telli, Tennessee Register

Winnie McKenzie, founder of St. Patrick’s Shelter, which later grew into Safe Haven Family Shelter, was honored at the April 12 Dancing for Safe Haven celebrating 30 years. Here, she is pictured with Father James Norman Miller in an undated Tennessee Register file photo. Tennessee Register file photoWhen Winnie McKenzie started Nashville’s first shelter for homeless families at St. Patrick Church in South Nashville, she worked to build a place that gave families in need more than a place to sleep.

In a booklet outlining the 1990 capital campaign to build a new shelter, she wrote “Families need more than just a roof over their head and St. Patrick’s Shelter gives them food, clothing and someone who cares about them, their children, their hopes and dreams.”

Since then, the shelter has moved out of St. Patrick’s and into a new building on an adjacent lot, has reorganized as Safe Haven Family Shelter, has undergone a major expansion in 2013, and has added a long list of programs and services to help families find permanent housing and stabilize their lives. (Read more…)

MCKENZIE’S VISION STILL ALIVE AT SAFE HAVEN

by Joyce Lavery, CEO/ED

When I began my tenure at Safe Haven 5 years ago, I had never heard of Winnie McKenzie. She wasn’t mentioned at my job interview. Her name wasn’t evoked in daily conversation. There were no portraits of her hanging on the walls,  and except for her name, along with the original board of St. Patrick’s Shelter, that is inscribed on a plaque that still hangs on the front of our building, I would not have been aware of this incredible woman who because she came before me, I am able to do what I do now at Safe Haven Family Shelter. Winnie saw a need where no one had before – a new social phenomena – the rising plight of homelessness among families with children. (Read more…)

HOME FOR FAMILIES- BLESSED & VSPADATed

by Jennifer Reason, LBSW, Program Director

homes for families pics - case conferencingSafe Haven is excited to have been part of Nashville’s new goal to house 50 families and 50 individuals through a new Coordinated Entry System (CES). This new campaign is part of the “100,000 Homes Campaign” and ran from February 10 to May 28, 2014. During this time, Safe Haven has been making changes to implement this new system. The 100,000 Homes staff told us we are the first family shelter across the country to participate in this ambitious process, and we are proud to blaze the trail to work collaboratively across the city to permanently house more families. (Read more…)

GAIL KERR: A VOICE FOR THOSE WHO HAD NONE

by Stacy Nunnally

kerr pic- credit tennesseanIn March, Nashville lost an incredible journalist, columnist and advocate. In addition to capturing the pulse of Nashville, holding public elected officials accountable and being a popular columnist, Gail Kerr also gave a voice to many in our community who had none. A friend to the non-profit community and an advocate to end homelessness in Nashville, Kerr stood up for what she believed. Among the many topics she wrote about in her Tennessean column, Kerr wrote about homeless in Nashville. She gave homelessness a face, a voice and told the stories. This was especially true for Safe Haven. (Read more…)

#BIGPAYBACK & #150DAYSOFGIVING: OPPORTUNITIES FOR SAFE HAVEN

fb 150 of giving make shift logoMore than just hashtags the #BigPayback and #150DaysofGiving are opportunities for Safe Haven to raise much needed funds. Money raised would support our families stay in shelter and transitional housing including programs and services that empower homeless families with children to achieve lasting self-sufficiency. We need you to vote once a day from each device in First Tennessee’s #150DaysofGiving. Your vote could mean $5,000 for Safe Haven. (Read more…)

SAVE THE DATE: JOIN US IN TEAMING UP NOVEMBER 8, 2014 FOR THE 10th ANNUAL HIKE FOR THE HOMELESS

save the dateSave the date for the 10th Annual Hike for the Homeless on November 8, 2014. We are excited to celebrate the 10th anniversary of this event. Way more than just a walk in the park, the Hike brings the community together to raise money and spread awareness about Safe Haven and family homelessness. Join us in Edwin Warner Park on Saturday, November 8, 2014 beginning at 9 a.m. for a day of family fun. Breakfast and lunch is included with hiking, children’s activities and live music. Visit our website for more information and look for details on creating your team coming soon!Want to help make sure the 10th Annual Hike for the Homeless is the biggest and best yet? We are looking for volunteers to join our “Team Up” committee to help us reach more people! If you are interested in helping us recruit teams and get the word out about the Hike for the Homeless, please contact Stacy Nunnally at snunnally@safehaven.org

DANCING FOR SAFE HAVEN SUCCESS

whiteJames Brown said, “The one thing that can solve most of our problems is dancing. Well, we don’t know if that is true, but dancing definitely helped Safe Haven and our families at the 5th Annual Dancing for Safe Haven event that took place on April 12 at the Loews Vanderbilt Plaza. It was a night of glitz, glamor and dancing, and it was an event that raised more than $210,000 for Safe Haven! Thank you to all of the dancers, sponsors, donors, judges and volunteers who made the event such a success! Click ‘read more’ to find out more about this great event, including links to the pictures. (Read more…)

A LETTER TO VOLUNTEERS: THANK YOU FOR THE “MISSION POSSIBLE”

by Stefanie Tinnell, Volunteer Coordinator

volunteer pic 2April was National Volunteer Month, a time we set aside time to honor and thank our volunteers, for the countless service hours that you have dedicated to the mission of Safe Haven. Without your commitment, our mission would not be possible. This time of the year is special to me because we get to recognize our volunteers, and this year is especially special. I am embarking on another chapter in my life. (Read more…)

 

NEW BOARD MEMBERS ANNOUNCED; WELCOME 2014 LEADERSHIP

The Safe Haven 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 grateful for their service, leadership and vision. We want to announce the new executive cabinet and welcome new members below. Click ‘read more’ to see the names of the executive cabinet and new board members.  (Read more…)

SET UP YOUR SAFE HAVEN GIVING ACCOUNT

new online donation screen shot picBe sure to check out our new online giving program on our website!  The new system, powered by WeShare, allows our donors to set up giving accounts to not only make a donation, but also to manage your contact information, view your giving history, print donation receipts, create a recurring gift and more. We hope you will check out the new online system and set up your account now.

 

GUARDIAN ANGELS

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…)