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!

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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 [...]

Safe Haven Gives Thanks for Our Families, Volunteers, Board and Staff

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Thanksgiving is this week. This week means different things to different people: food, families, football, shopping, rest, tradition, history. At Safe Haven Family Shelter, we are grateful all year for our families, volunteers, donors, board, staff and for the community in which we work. During this week of reflection and gratitude, we thought it would [...]

Hiking with Gratitude


The 8th Annual Hike for the Homeless was a wonderful event! More than 500 people were in attendance to enjoy the hiking, live music, food, children’s activities and more. The dogs all looked pretty happy too! We are so thankful for all those who came out to the event to hike, to volunteer and to [...]

Volunteers, Books and the Villages that Connect us…

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We recently bid farewell to a wonderful volunteer at Safe Haven. He has gone to do important and much needed work in the Democratic Republic of Congo. This volunteer gave his time at the shelter, often as an overnight volunteer and always brought with him books and movies to share. Before he left, he shared [...]

Volunteer Voices: “Love without condition; Give without expectation.”

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Stefanie Tinnell is the Community Relations Manager at Safe Haven Family Shelter. Billy is one of those people, that when you meet him, you’ll never forget him.  His laugh and outlook on life inspires us all.  Recently, Billy has faced a lot of challenges.  Through it all, he remains strong, positive and an example to [...]

Au Revoir, Carlton

"The World Will be Saved By Beauty" designed by our wonderful volunteer, Carlton.

Monday, April 30th is the last day Carlton will volunteer with Safe Haven after many years of service. He will help with dinner, engage with our families (especially with the children at the shelter) and he will stay overnight one last time. Tonight, we will give him a little send-off that will include a homemade [...]

Our Volunteers are Excellent!

April 15-21 is National Volunteer Appreciation Week.  I can’t think of a better way to honor and brag on our volunteers than to announce our EVE Certification. This certification is the first of its kind in the nation!  EVE, Excellence in Volunteer Engagement, recognizes nonprofit agencies in Davidson County that have exceptional volunteer programs. Excellence [...]