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 [...]

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 [...]

Scenes from a Hike

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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, [...]

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 [...]

Why Hike for the Homeless?

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We are in high gear getting ready for our 9th Annual Hike for the Homeless! What does this mean? Well, on our end, we are asking for donations, securing food for the Hike, fine tuning logistics, recruiting volunteers and most importantly, asking people to create teams to support our Hike…and our mission. We know that [...]

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, [...]

A Sneak Peek: A Dream Realized

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Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes the time. Vision with action can change the world.~  Joel A Barker   At least once a week I have been visiting our new facility – usually to take a donor, potential donor or volunteer on a tour. Many people have passed by [...]

Thank you! Your Volunteerism is a Work of Heart.

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Happy National Volunteer Week!  The Webster definition of a volunteer is: “a person who performs a service willingly and without pay.” As I reflected about the many different volunteers we have at Safe Haven, so many words came to mind to describe their characteristics. Then, I thought I’d be nifty and stick it into a [...]

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 [...]