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

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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 [...]

Blooma Nashvile Supports Safe Haven at Bellyrama event

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We are excited to partner with Blooma Nashville for the 2nd Annual Bellyrama free family yoga fest on October 1st! Attendees are asked to bring a donation for Safe Haven families to the event. See the list of donations needed at the end of this blog or click here to visit the Blooma Nashville website. [...]

You’re Hired! Workforce Development at Safe Haven

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You’re Hired! A Safe Haven client recently heard these words and is starting orientation this week at All About Care Non-Medical Home Care. This client is getting into a field that she really enjoys and hopes to return to school to advance her career in the field of elder care. Through our workforce development program [...]

Donor Appreciation Breakfast is December 9

We hope you will join us on Wednesday, December 9. Please scroll down to RSVP.  

Safe Haven Named ‘Neighborhood Builder’ by Bank of America

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Bank of America has named Safe Haven Family Shelter of Nashville its 2015 Neighborhood Builder and recipient of a $200,000 grant and leadership training. The grant was presented on Nov. 10 in a ceremony recognizing Safe Haven’s work in the community. Safe Haven is a leading nonprofit in Nashville with three decades of advocating for [...]

Safe Haven and Dierks Bentley’s RISER video

We are excited and honored to have a family’s story and Safe Haven Family Shelter featured in the new video “RISER” by Dierks Bentley! Check out this behind the scenes video of the filming and some of Amy’s story in her own words. We are so thankful to Dierks Bentley and Wes Edwards (director) and [...]

Safe Haven Family Shelter & Presenting Sponsor Curb Records announce 11th Annual Hike for the Homeless

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Safe Haven Family Shelter and Presenting Sponsor Curb Records announce 11th Annual Hike for the Homeless $100,000 Campaign to kick off the event begins August 17th   Nashville, TN—AUGUST 17, 2015—Safe Haven Family Shelter (SHFS), the only shelter program of its kind in Middle Tennessee that serves homeless families, announces the 11th Annual Hike for [...]

First Fellows at the Social Equity Leadership Conference

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We were honored to be a part of the 14th Annual Social Equity in Leadership Conference held last week!  On June 3rd, a special session of homelessness service organization leaders gathered as Frist Fellows, funded by the Frist Foundation, to discuss current trends and the use of data as a solution to reduce and end [...]

Moving to “Housing First”

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Homeless shelters have traditionally operated from a philosophy that said, “We need to fix the person before moving them into housing and beyond our programs.” These service providers and shelters that attempt to “fix” a person before providing housing often offer programs that are beneficial for people such as therapy, GED completion trainings, job readiness [...]

Dave Gleason- His Legacy

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On September 4, we lost a leader in childhood development programs and an advocate for children everywhere. We are saddened by the passing of Dave Gleason, president emeritus for Bright Horizons Foundation for Children, and for whom our Bright Spaces area at Safe Haven is named. We were honored, and continued to be honored, by [...]

Team up for $100K in 100 Days- 10th Annual Hike for the Homeless

We are gearing up for the 10th Annual Hike for the Homeless on November 8 at Edwin Warner Park. We are excited to celebrate 10 YEARS of this wonderful event that is so much more than a hike. With food, children’s activities and live music, it is the best family event of the fall! In [...]

Support Circles: Rebuilding Community for Homeless Families

“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.”  ― Mother Teresa While there are many “causes” of homelessness, everyone who experiences homelessness has experienced a loss of support networks in their lives for one reason or another. If a person’s homelessness is caused, in [...]

“Be Together,” an excerpt from the Memorial Foundation Annual Report

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The Memorial Foundation featured Safe Haven and the story of one of our families in their recent annual report. It is a beautiful piece and shares the story of Amy and her family’s experience with Safe Haven. We are posting the text of the feature here with permission from the Memorial Foundation. “Where we love [...]

June Anniversaries- A Time to Celebrate & Reflect

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June 2014 celebrates Safe Haven’s 30th anniversary, the one year anniversary of occupying our new shelter facility, and my 5 year anniversary as executive director/CEO of this most treasured and proven organization.  Anniversaries are a time to celebrate, but also a time to reflect. When I walked into my role and through the doors of [...]