Three New Bright Spaces Open at Safe Haven in Nashville
Infant Toddler Bright Space was dedicated as the Gleason Bright Space in honor of retired Foundation President Dave Gleason.
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.
On July 12, we held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to unveil the three Bright Spaces. While some visiting children checked out the new spaces, representatives of this collaborative partnership welcomed guests and talked about the importance of age-appropriate, safe spaces for children and teens to plan, learn and grow.
“These Bright Spaces will support the children’s needs to play, be safe, be creative and have supportive adult interaction while they are in this vulnerable time in their families’ lives,” said Becky Bowman, executive director for the Bright Horizons Foundation for Children. “We are excited to continue our longstanding partnership with Safe Haven, and welcomed the opportunity to create new Bright Spaces for the younger children, and the support of the Nashville Predators Foundation made a teen space possible for the first time.”
“Bright Spaces brings hope and comfort to families, teens and children during difficult times,” said Sean Henry, president and COO of the Nashville Predators and Bridgestone Arena. “This Bright Space partnership project was a chance for us to help families in our community who are struggling, and to positively affect the children and teens staying at Safe Haven.”
“The completion of this project enhances our ability to be a shelter where families in a housing/financial/homeless crisis can heal, rest, play and be supported while they take steps toward self-efficacy and future stability,” said Joyce Lavery, CEO and executive director of Safe Haven.
“These Bright Spaces will provide Safe Haven with wonderful tools and vision to enrich the lives of the more than 200 homeless children we serve each year.”
The Infant and Toddler Bright Space will be named “The Dave Gleason Bright Space” in honor of the Bright Horizons Foundation for Children’s longtime president Dave Gleason, who retired last year after a lifelong career spent working to improve children’s lives nationally and internationally. Mr. Gleason was in attendance for the ribbon-cutting with his beautiful family.
He was tearful when talking about the legacy and impact of Bright Spaces. “You should walk in and know that children are important here,” said Gleason. “You can tell the children are important here at Safe Haven.”
The teen space features the Nashville Predators colors throughout, as well as special items from the Predators. The teen space also includes bookcases, a reading nook and space for tutoring sessions or to do homework.