Widen Our Welcome Summer 2013 from Safe Haven Family Shelter on Vimeo.
Lead our community's efforts to house, support, empower and advocate for families experiencing homelessness.
The Shelter Program provides intensive case management, comprehensive services to include counseling/therapy (such as Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), Play Therapy, and Narrative Therapy), SHINE3 (Safe Haven Inspiring Nutritious Eating, Exercise & Emotional Well-Being), workforce development services through our partnership with RBI Enterprises, financial education, educational services for children such as advocacy, after-school programs, summer camps and programs, tutoring onsite and at designated schools, and onsite clubs (reading and science). Safe Haven can accommodate single and two-parent families with children up to 18 years of age. Parents must be drug and alcohol free, work toward employment upon entry, engage in financial planning around debt, savings, budgeting and goal-setting. Our evidence-based program models use trauma-informed care, critical time intervention, and motivational interviewing to ensure we are using our resources well to assist families experiencing homelessness return to stability. Our current typical duration of stay for a family is 45-90 days.
Since the completion of the renovation and expansion campaign in 2013, Safe Haven began a "Grow and Sustain" model to ensure that the organization could sustain its growth. Through a partnership with The Siemer Institute for Family Stability and United Way, Safe Haven has been able to increase support for families in the areas of prevention, depth of service and long-term case management if necessary. In addition to meeting more of the demand for services, Safe Haven has continued to be on the forefront of addressing family homelessness in our community. The statistics below indicate the families served in 2014, and Safe Haven is on track to serve 75-100 families in 2015.
Statement from the Board President:
As an organization, we have recently invested critical resources, time and dollars on increasing our Social Enterprise and Community Advocacy efforts. As Board President, I personally feel responsible for taking Safe Haven to the next level as it relates to expanding our reach and impact exponentially. The way we can do that is by effective partnerships with the government and businesses - as well as helping to shape and educate the community on the needs of our clients. To that end, we have supplemented our reach and impact by launching an Advisory Council as well as an Emeritus Board. These two arms of our organization help to link us with the community and influential business leaders so that we can achieve the impact we desire.
Partnerships with landlords and job providers will allow our clients a quicker path to success than in the past. Our organization has stellar results serving clients that come through our programs. We have an amazing staff that utilizes (and develops) best practices throughout the nation for serving homeless families. With the alignment of our staff and board resources, we will take the next step in achieving our Vision - ending family homelessness in Middle Tennessee.
Indirect Public Support HelpIndirect public support represents revenue received through solicitation campaigns. This includes funding United Way and other federated fundraising organizations, but does not include donor designated contributions.
Earned Revenue HelpEarned revenue represents income generated in direct exchange for a product or service.Earned income includes income from government contracts.
*Most Recent FYE Total Net Income $(113,766)
In 2014, Safe Haven Family Shelter recognized a non-cash loss on the disposal of the old shelter facility when the new one was constructed--showing a net loss for the year. For just the organization's operating budget, at the end of the 2014 year, the balance sheet demonstrated a $111,911 over budget in income.
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