Homes for Families – Blessed and VI-SPDATed!

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Safe Haven is excited to be 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 will run from February 10 to May 28, 2014. During this time, Safe Haven has been making changes to [...]

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 [...]

Rattlers, Triggers, Brain Structure, Hope and World Class Services

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“Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.” – Helen Keller Last week the National Health Care for the Homeless Council and Safe Haven sponsored an all-day workshop in Trauma Informed Excellence. We have longed claimed we are a trauma-informed agency, but after the training, I realized [...]

Bright Spaces: Three Special Rooms for Children and Teens

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  Families with children or teens staying at the Safe Haven Family Shelter will have three new rooms where they can stay to learn, heal and have fun, thanks to an innovative Bright Spaces® partnership with the Nashville Predators Foundation and the Bright Horizons Foundation for Children. Bright Spaces, the signature program of Bright Horizons [...]

Resiliency Profile: Safe Haven Family Shelter (The Little Engine That Could)

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We are pleased to post a blog from a guest blogger, John Hilley. He is a Safe Haven consultant and founder & president of Patmos, LLC. Recently I featured Safe Haven in our Resiliency Profile as our “resilient organization” for actions management and board has taken to deepen its mission impact, increase its financial sustainability, [...]

Motels are Homes for a Generation of Homeless Families

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Orange County is one of the wealthiest counties in the United States, but it also has one of the highest homeless family populations (and homeless population). Five years ago two recent MBA graduates, Paul Cho and Paul Leon, observed this need but also observed no one else was addressing this in any coordinated way and [...]

Superheroes converge on Nashville March 9 – Safe Haven benefits!

Superheroes converge on Nashville March 9 – Safe Haven benefits!

OVERVIEW: A new superhero themed amazing race premiering in Nashville is encouraging participants to donate a list of items that benefit Safe Haven. Join us on Saturday, March 9th at noon to support The Superhero Quest – a fun and unique 5/10K scavenger hunt race. This Superhero Quest consists of a series of superhero-themed fun [...]

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.”

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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 [...]

Interning at Safe Haven: Two Practicum Students Share their Experiences


As I was preparing to write my blog, I thought it would be a good idea to engage our interns in the process. We collaborate with local universities to offer internships. It is a great way for students to get real life experience. So let’s take a few moments to find out from our practicum [...]