National Volunteer Week: A Thank You Note from the Safe Haven Staff


It is officially National Volunteer Week, April 6-12, 2014. This week is about inspiring, recognizing and encouraging people to seek out imaginative ways to engage in their communities. It’s about demonstrating to the nation that by working together, we have the fortitude to meet our challenges and accomplish our goals. And it is about expressing [...]

Thank you for making the 9th Annual Hike for the Homeless a success!

2013 thank you results graphic

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 [...]

Scenes from a Hike

donate after the hike

November 2nd marked my 5th Hike as executive director of Safe Haven. I’ve attended four – missed last year when I was in Israel for a long-time planned trip. I knew then as I did now that the staff “had this.” Stacy, Rachael, Trey, Brandy and Stefanie knew how to recruit volunteers, set up logistics, [...]

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 [...]

Dynamic Duo

joyce and trey women of influence 2013

Recently I had the honor of being selected as part of the Nashville Business Journal’s Women of Influence Class of 2013. This is always a huge honor because the competition and the status of this award are great. After almost 20 years in the nonprofit arena as a nonprofit leader, I have prided myself as [...]

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 [...]

Safe Haven Board Member Renee Bobb wins TN Titans Community Quarterback Award

renee award pic with hasselbeck joyce tn titans

We are excited to announce that one of our own Safe Haven Board of Directors received the Tennessee Titans Community Quarterback Award. Renee Bobb a U.S. Veteran, business-owner and Safe Haven volunteer received the annual award during a luncheon Wednesday, February 6 hosted by the Titans at LP Field.  As an added bonus, Bobb earned [...]

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 [...]

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.”

MLK with Memphis Sanitation Workers

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 [...]