September is School Attendance Awareness Month

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September is Attendance Awareness Month and Alignment Nashville  asked me for a quote they could share on social media in response to this question:  “Involvement in social services or juvenile justice can sometimes create a divide between students and their education. How can service providers work WITH the school to help ensure that students are engaged [...]

Parenting for Excellence


Safe Haven recently  launched its newest course—Parenting for Excellence. This 4-week class will empower parents to define their parenting goals, discover tools to help them reach for success and feel supported in the decisions they make to help guide their child(ren) to academic, social, and emotional wellness. Parenting for Excellence is designed for parents of [...]

Expansion means more than just a bigger space

I’ve been working at Safe Haven for more than four years and it continues to be the most exciting job I’ve ever had. Never did I imagine when I started that we would be doing such an amazing build and expansion of our building and programs so quickly. So I wanted to take a minute [...]

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 [...]

Sharing Our Families’ Stories: The Reality of the Struggles

I usually use this blog to highlight the successes our clients have experienced.  The last couple weeks have been no exception.  We’ve had one family move to permanent housing, two families move to transitional housing, one mom got a promotion, a married couple both found work at Hard Rock Café and one mom graduated from [...]

Stem the Tide of Family Homelessness: Lessons from the NAEFH Conference and What We Can Do Locally

Having just got off the plane from a trip to Los Angeles for the annual National Alliance to End Family Homelessness Conference, I am filled with key buzzwords of the “new normal” and “best and promising practices”: data, outcomes, prevention, intensive case management and wrap-around services, critical time intervention, trauma-informed care, coordinated entry and rapid [...]