Stepping Stones Safe Haven | Emergency Shelter
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About the Shelter

Stepping Stones Safe Haven offers several services to our clients seeking to develop stability and consistency in their lives and in the lives of their children. Our organization offers both Day and Night Shelter for homeless mothers with children and individual women. However, preference is given to women with children.

Our Day Shelter is offered to the community from 8:00a to 4:00p, Monday through Saturday to guests who have been approved to participate pending a background check. The safety of our volunteers, clients and staff is of the utmost concern at Stepping Stones Safe Haven Inc. Our Day Shelter offers clients an opportunity to come indoors from the elements. We offer participants spacious and clean shower & restroom facilities as well as a kitchen area for warming meals. We also offer washer and dryer access to our guests. A media center with computer and internet access is available for those individuals searching for employment opportunities.

Our Emergency Night Shelter is held from 4:00p through 8:00a seven nights a week. Our Emergency Night Shelter is reserved for clients who are participating in either the Stepping Stones case management aspect of our program (lasting up to three months) or those who are registered with us for the Safe Haven temporary shelter aspect (lasting up to 45 days)

Our Emergency Night Shelter features all aspects of the Day Shelter with the addition of cots, pillows & linens and blankets provided to accommodate participants with a safe, warm and good night’s sleep.

Depending on the day of the week, various community church organizations have partnered with Stepping Stones Safe Haven Inc. and will host our Emergency Night Shelter on their campuses. Transportation to and from The Haven to those campuses is provided. Availability is limited and spots cannot be held.

Registration for Night Shelter ends at 4pm. Due to limited space, if you are not enrolled in the program, please call our office at (615) 900-4427 prior to coming in.

Admission Guidelines

For the safety of our guests and volunteers, we are unable to serve individuals:

Under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs

With a history of severe criminal acts or violent offense(s),

Who are registered sex offenders

With physical or mental health needs beyond the scope of our services

Clients must be able to be independent in a community type environment and adhere to shelter rules.

Our Ministry Is

  • A means for people to become directly involved with the homeless in order to gain knowledge about the growing population.
  • A congregation’s way of opening their facilities to a chosen number of people as guests.
  • An opportunity for guests to learn that people really care.
  • A way for hosts to understand that the faceless figure on the street corner is more than a statistic.
  • About serving without prejudice or pride.
  • Putting the tenets of your faith into practice.
  • About giving and not receiving.
  • An opportunity, not an answer.

Our Ministry Is Not

  • The solution to homelessness
  • A congregation’s way to provide economic assistance, job training nor personal spiritual direction.
  • About establishing a large shelter in which hundreds of people are cared for nightly.
  • About major fundraising and capital campaigns.

How To help

  • Congregations Can

    • Support up to 12 women and children in your facility
    • Minister to the hearts of those facing difficult times
    • Expect to have a member of our team available on call
    • Expect ongoing training and support from the Stepping Stones team

  • Individuals Can

    • Partner with other congregations/organizations
    • Transport guests
    • Prepare and/or serve meals.
    • Assist with set up and clean up of hosting location
    • Spend time with guests (games, movies, etc.)
    • Serve as an overnight host or volunteer

We’ve partnered with several churches in our community to provide the emergency shelters for women in need. Explore our current partners below.