Nashville, Tenn. (Sept. 1, 2022) – Nashville Predators ownership group members Bryan and Stephanie Grane, founders of the St. Rita Mercy Foundation, have partnered with the Nashville Predators Foundation empowered by SmileDirectClub to distribute a $75,000 donation to Safe Haven Family Shelter to help fund additional affordable housing units in the Nashville area. The Preds Foundation presented a check to the organization today at Safe Haven’s Nashville location at 1234 Third Ave. South.
“The important work taking place with Safe Haven Family Shelter aligns closely with the mission of St. Rita Mercy Foundation,” Bryan Grane said. “Safe Haven continues to lead the community in providing services for families by keeping family units together while experiencing homelessness. Through this grant, they will be able to work towards obtaining affordable housing for families. We are proud to work alongside this great organization impacting the lives of families.”
Safe Haven Family Shelter, an organization in Middle Tennessee dedicated to helping provide financial literacy and affordable housing to over 120 families, will be using the funds to help increase their capacity by building more affordable units.
“Safe Haven is proud to partner with St. Rita Mercy Foundation to address family homelessness in Middle Tennessee,” said Jim Shulman, Safe Haven CEO. “One of the greatest challenges our families face is the lack of affordable housing in our community, and Safe Haven must be able to provide more housing options to meet the increased demand for services. This generous funding will help Safe Haven to build capacity through an investment in affordable housing units that will provide a much-needed resource and foundation for families experiencing homelessness. Thank you, St. Rita Mercy Foundation, for helping us give families a place to call home.”
The Granes are making a $500,000 commitment to the Nashville community. This donation brings their total contributions to the Middle Tennessee area to $350,000:
$75,000 – Crossroads
$75,000 – Safe Haven Family Shelter
$50,000 – Harvest Hands Community Development Center
$50,000 – Cottage Cove
$50,000 – Youth Encouragement Center
$40,000 – Elmahaba Center
$10,000 – Franktown Open Heart
To learn more about the Safe Haven Family Shelter and the work they provide to Middle Tennessee families please visit SafeHaven.org.
The Preds Foundation has partnered with Nashville-based SmileDirectClub in an ongoing effort to meet educational, social, health and cultural needs throughout Nashville and Middle Tennessee. The Preds Foundation is devoted to using its platform and influence from its affiliation with professional sports to serve the needs of the community by offering unique resources and financial support to local youth-oriented organizations. Since its inception in 1998, the Predators Foundation has awarded over $8 million in grants to the greater Nashville community. During the 2020-21 season, the Nashville Predators, Bridgestone Arena, Ford Ice Centers and Predators Foundation contributed over $4 million in cash and in-kind gifts throughout the Nashville community and surrounding areas. To learn more about the Nashville Predators Foundation empowered by SmileDirectClub and to see a list of upcoming events, visit NashvillePredators.com/Foundation.
Safe Haven Family Shelter, a local organization in Nashville, has worked to keep families experiencing homelessness together. Through shelter and housing programs, Safe Haven can serve over 120 families at a time, providing services for the entire family that support their journey home. Key programs such as workforce development, financial literacy, children’s education and enrichment, and case management help Safe Haven’s families to depart with employment and housing-the keys to stability for the families served. For 38 years, Safe Haven has served as the premier shelter-to-housing program in Middle Tennessee that serves families facing and experiencing homelessness. Safe Haven leads our community’s efforts to house, support, empower and advocate for families, allowing them to stay together. For more information, visit www.safehaven.org.
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