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 Day Shelter

Operating Hours

8:00am – 4:00pm


Monday – Saturday

         Our organization offers both Day and Night Shelter for homeless mothers with children and individual women. However, preference is given to women with children, and 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, with the following amenities included:

Clean Showers & Restrooms

Kitchen Area

Washers & Dryers

Computers & Internet Access

Our Emergency Night Shelter

Operating Hours

4:00pm – 8:00am


7 Nights/ 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). 

Registration for the 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.

+ Day Shelter Amenities

Cots, Pillows, & Blankets

Admissions 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.


Stepping Stones Safe Haven does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, disability, or national origin (Title VI). Individuals needing assistance due to limited English proficiency should ask for translation assistance.

Complaints or concerns should be sent to:

Lacey Wilkins, Title VI Coordinator

(615) 900-4427 or

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.

Congregations Can

Host up to 12 women and children at 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

How You Can Help

Individuals Can

Partner with other congregations/organizations as overnight host or volunteer

Assist with set up and clean up of hosting location

Prepare and/or serve meals

Transport guests

Spend time with guests (games, movies, etc.)


First Cumberland Presbyterian

Our Partners

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


Blackman United Methodist

Hear From Our Partners

Learn more about hosting by listening to the experiences of our current partners.