Thank you for making the 9th Annual Hike for the Homeless a success!

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There are many, many thank you’s to go around for the success of our Hike for the Homeless. We want to thank our sponsors, donors, hikers, volunteers, board and staff. We also want to give special thanks to our emcee, Vicky Yates; to the Danny Salazar Band for the wonderful music; to Niki G Fitness [...]

Safe Haven is Committed to Children’s Well-Being and Education Success

Several of our Safe Haven, just home from their first day of school, show us their new backpacks donated by Bright Horizons Foundation for Children.

This is a joint blog by CEO Joyce Lavery and Education Specialist Judy Lewis. Joyce’s introduction is in the gray box, followed by Judy’s blog. “The answer to this poverty is not more shelters. The answer is not more public assistance. The answer is guaranteeing an education so people can earn a living wage, so [...]

A Sneak Peek: A Dream Realized

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Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes the time. Vision with action can change the world.~  Joel A Barker   At least once a week I have been visiting our new facility – usually to take a donor, potential donor or volunteer on a tour. Many people have passed by [...]

And the Dancing for Safe Haven winners are…

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Our feet are sore, our backs ache, but after a night of dinner, dancing, and festivities that is Dancing for Safe Haven, our hearts are full and our spirits soar with gratitude for an event that proved once again to be the most fun, uplifting, and meaningful! Thank you to our guests, our sponsors and [...]

Safe Haven Board Member Renee Bobb wins TN Titans Community Quarterback Award

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We are excited to announce that one of our own Safe Haven Board of Directors received the Tennessee Titans Community Quarterback Award. Renee Bobb a U.S. Veteran, business-owner and Safe Haven volunteer received the annual award during a luncheon Wednesday, February 6 hosted by the Titans at LP Field.  As an added bonus, Bobb earned [...]

A Leap of Faith: Almost Home


“Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”  – ~Martin Luther King, Jr. Our “Widening Our Welcome” project and campaign has been and remains an act of faith. I am very big picture, a strategic thinker and I tend to make decisions (at work [...]

MLK: “The time has come for us to civilize ourselves by the total, direct and immediate abolition of poverty.”

MLK with Memphis Sanitation Workers

Reposted from January 2012. Still relevant January 2013. “Now is the time to make an adequate income a reality for all of God’s children, now is the time for city hall to take a position for that which is just and honest.”  — Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Today our nation and community celebrate Martin [...]

Giving Tuesday is November 27! Donate to Safe Haven.

#GivingTuesday is Nov 27. Donate to Safe Haven.

This year, on Tuesday, November 27, 2012, we are part of a call to action and national movement that will change the calendar and help make history. We are celebrating a new day dedicated to giving ‐‐when charities, families, businesses, community centers, students, retailers and more will all come together to create #GivingTuesday – a [...]

Safe Haven Gives Thanks for Our Families, Volunteers, Board and Staff

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Thanksgiving is this week. This week means different things to different people: food, families, football, shopping, rest, tradition, history. At Safe Haven Family Shelter, we are grateful all year for our families, volunteers, donors, board, staff and for the community in which we work. During this week of reflection and gratitude, we thought it would [...]

Hiking with Gratitude


The 8th Annual Hike for the Homeless was a wonderful event! More than 500 people were in attendance to enjoy the hiking, live music, food, children’s activities and more. The dogs all looked pretty happy too! We are so thankful for all those who came out to the event to hike, to volunteer and to [...]