Judy Lewis, Education Specialist, Wins National Award


A few months ago I nominated Judy Lewis, Education Specialist at Safe Haven, for one of five awards given at the National Association of Homeless Children and Youth Conference (NAEHCY) this year held in Phoenix. The Outstanding Advocate Award goes to an individual that makes outstanding efforts providing services to homeless children and youth. We were all [...]

Donor Appreciation Breakfast is December 9

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Best. Hike. Ever.


“I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something.” ― Edward Everett Hale Small ripples make big waves and what a big wave we created together for the 11th Annual Hike for the Homeless! Because of you, this 11th year of the Hike was the BEST HIKE [...]

Safe Haven Named ‘Neighborhood Builder’ by Bank of America

Safe Haven staff and board pose with the BIG check!

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 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 [...]

Volunteers Make Safe Haven “Home”

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This week, April 12-18, is National Volunteer Appreciation Week, a time to pause and appreciate the vast contributions of our amazing volunteers. For 31 years, volunteers have worked side by side with Safe Haven providing 276,780 hours of service and 324,650 meals. But more than just numbers, our volunteers help empower our families, encourage hope [...]

Beautiful Artwork Installed at Safe Haven

Invincible Summer 30x40 mixed media on canvas

We are excited and honored to have a special piece of art hanging at Safe Haven. Recently volunteers and donors Shelley and Gerald Gotterer commissioned Anna Jaap to create a special work for display at Safe Haven. Anna donated half of her time for this work with Shelley picking up the rest of the cost [...]

Big Goal. Big Team Effort. Huge Hike Success.

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“I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something.” ― Edward Everett Hale Small ripples make big waves and what a big wave we created together for the 10th Annual Hike for the Homeless! Because of you, this 10th year of the Hike was a huge success! [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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


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 [...]

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

SHFS Guest Blogger John Hilley

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

Paul Cho, co-founder of Illumination Foundation and Jena Kay, program director at IL program site

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 [...]