Testimonies

“My name is Shane Owens. When I arrived at Safe Harbor of Nashville I had no direction, no goals, no faith in God.

Safe Harbor has given me the chance to accomplish so much that I did not think I would be able to do. I have learned to accept the fact that I do have an addiction, how to live life and exist every day like a normal person. I now have the ability and want to hold down a job.

I now know to deal with my addiction and to live a normal life, I must and do have a very strong faith in God. I have learned that as long as I continue to turn my life over to God there is nothing I can not do.

Thank you Safe Harbor of Nashville for showing me that I can be proud of myself.”


“My name is Calvin Parrish. When I first came to Safe Harbor of Nashville I was broken down to the point of suicidal tendencies. Over the last 5 months God has worked through Safe Harbor and helped me reconnect my life. He has done this on levels that are unimaginable. I have been delivered from drugs and alcohol and the so called “street life”. I was the center of my problems and God has shown me that I had to abandon my old ways and keep my eyes on Jesus. This is a great program and I am immensely grateful to the staff members.

Since my entry to the program I have saved over $6,000 through Safe Harbor’s Savings Plan. My life has changed and I have changed.

Thank you Safe Harbor of Nashville, and most of all thank you God.”


My name is Walker & marijuana was my problem. I had a good job paying $13 an hour, but it drug tested, and I had my own place at the time. I used to spend my $600 checks on weed, 3 or 4 ounces at a time. I was drug tested at my job and was fired. I was so upset I just bought more and more weed til I had no money and lost my place. I moved in with a friend and I wanted to get high so bad I started selling my clothes and electronics just so I could smoke weed. I was on probation at the time and I failed drug test after drug test for 7 months straight. I ended up going to jail. When I went to court they offered me rehab or 6 months in jail and I chose rehab, thinking I can just slide by in there. Well I get here and through the first month I had the mind set of “smoke again when I get out”. I started going to these classes they had set up and I heard some words that rang true to me and it started to hit me. If I do the same thing when I get out will it be any different? Then I met some good people here that had their plan set and they gave me advice, good advice at that. So after about my third month I started to pray to God to get me out of this mindset. Not even two weeks later they gave me the news “we’re sending you to our best job”. Everything seemed to be coming together and I haven’t thought about weed in a month, and I was so happy that for once I was focused on doing good for me. By my 6 month I’ve got a great job, I’ve got a plan for when I get out and a new mind set. I’ve gained so many old relationships I had lost, including family, friends and most importantly God! Now for anyone looking to turn their selves around and to be a new person and drop the past, Safe Harbor is the place to go . They give you these insightful classes that give you a look at other lives and mistakes, but more importantly the things you can do to fix them and how to mend them . They teach you to manage money and help you set up a bank account. This place is amazing and has so much to offer for someone looking for the right answers. They have staff who constantly seek to help you in every aspect of your life. I’ve worked this program from head to toe and I can assure you that if you work this program not only will you be a productive member of society again, but you’ll leave a whole new person with so many things you can take to others to help them. Safe Harbor of Nashville has given me a new sense of direction. I no longer feel the need to get high . All I do I want to succeed from here on out . They gave me a great job and advice I’ll take with me for the rest of my life. I cannot thank Safe Harbor enough for what they did, and a big shout out to Travis for helping me every step.
~Walker House


Student Timothy Smith completed his intensive outpatient classes, no small feat. 60 classes 3 hours a piece!

Congrats and prayers on continued recovery! #good2great #shn


Congratulations to Johnathon Patton on his recent graduation from Safe Harbor of Nashville!

Congratulations to Gerald Minnifield on his graduation from Safe Harbor of Nashville!


I came here because I got tired of living the life I was living and wanted to take my life back. I keep my life of recovery by remembering the life I used to have and always remember the things I want back in my life. I always try to keep God number one and above all because my life is nothing without God. If you believe and ask the great man above for help he with grant you the tools and strength to overcome all. GOD IS GOOD! – Storm Cantu

 


In 2012, Michael was suddenly terminated from his job and as a result lost his apartment. He had nowhere to go until one day a friend told him about The Lighthouse and Safe Harbor. Michael immediately applied and was accepted into Safe Harbor. Two days later he began working through the Reliable Program and now after two years of working for Electrolux, Mills is proud to say he has never missed a day of work. He plans to eventually move to Springfield to be closer to his job. He believes that Safe Harbor has also helped him to reestablish his relationship with God. Michael wants to encourage others to know that everything is going to work out the way it is meant to work out; and to just be patient and look for your blessings.

Michael Mills
Graduate: Michael Mills

 

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Robert’s Testimony

 

Robert, what brought you to Safe Harbor?

 

I was in prison and I felt like I needed a program to get me out of prison and to get my life back on track. I also needed something that would help get me back in my 4 year old son’s life.

 

What was the best and the worst that you experienced at Safe Harbor?

 

The worst was having to do another stint in a recovery facility because the other ones; I have been in three, did not work for me. The best thing was being able to get another chance at life and to be able to start fresh.

 

How has Safe Harbor helped you?

 

It helped me grow spiritually, mentally, physically and has enabled me to realize what I have to do to be in my son’s life and to manage a productive life of my own.

 

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

 

I see myself having a good job or career in the JATC electrical union. I see myself having a great relationship with my family, being a householder and being clean and sober.

 

What advice can you give to other students just starting in the Nehemiah Program?

 

Keep your head up because it is what you make of it. You never know what you’ve got until it’s gone. Make sure you’re doing this for yourself and doing it for the right reasons. There may not be another chance.