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 [...]

A Visit to Explore! Community School for a Poverty Simulation

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Last week, I along with Safe Haven/Catholic Charities VISTAS Frankie, Colleen, and Alex visited Explore! Community School. We led all 1st grade classrooms through a poverty simulation so that they could get a hands on experience of what it is like to be a family living in Nashville for a month. We tied in the use [...]

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 [...]

Just Her Name: Mourning the Loss of a Safe Haven Volunteer

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“J’Laine”… When I see this name, I don’t see it in past tense because it still lives on in our children. Today marks a month since the passing of a woman who so effortlessly made a lasting impression on many of our children at Safe Haven. She was an instructor of “Pen & Paper,” a [...]

An update from college…

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The high school graduation rate for homeless children is less than 25%. It is even more rare for those children who do graduate from high school to go on to receive post-secondary education. We are excited and proud that, in the past several  months, we have been able to help our two recent high school [...]

Update from the Children’s Program

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Last week, we held the first Reading Club for the year, and the kids really enjoyed it! The Reading Club is an opportunity for all children at Safe Haven to come together and discover new ways of looking at text, using stories to create art (and other unique works) and have fun with reading. It [...]

First Day of School: Taking on a New Year Ready for Success!

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As the first days of the new school year comes to a close, we are thankful for all of our volunteers, donors and community partners for helping us pull off a seamless transition. The students at Safe Haven are ready to take on a new year, in schools all over Davidson county. Our K-12 children [...]

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

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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 [...]