2021 1st Quarter News
2020 Statistics
Men Employed - 321
Taxes Paid - $151,573.23
Child Support Paid - $35,629.74

Men Housed - 73
Men Employed - 65
Graduates for the Quarter - 15
We'd like to start off by telling you we appreciate your interest in Safe Harbor of Bucksnort and taking the time to read this newsletter gives us the opportunity to inform you of events and advances at this location. A lot has changed over the last few months with renovations and upgrades going on.

   Safe Harbor of Bucksnort is in the process of making our building safer with a state of the art fire alarm and sprinkler system. A large portion of the cabling for this system has been ran and we are expecting the installation of our sprinklers to follow shortly. Further more, additional smoke detectors, fire extinguishers and soon to be fire pull stations have been installed throughout. 

  From a property perspective, God continues to bless us. During the most recent flooding that a large portion of Middle TN experienced a section of our fencing was damaged and we experienced some flooding in our chapel. We thank God that his hand was upon us and kept us safe. We had no injury or lasting damage from that experience and will rebuild stronger. We recently had to say goodbye to James Staffan, our previous Director who lead with understanding and ingenuity. Often having some of the most elaborate graduations and events we've seen at Bucksnort, he will be missed. His aptitude for our Reliable Back to Work program has seen him transfer to our JC facility out of necessity for a new Coordinator to cover our largest Faithworks and Reliable network company wide! Congrats James! 

  During the upcoming season, we are expecting and believing for a windfall of blessings in the forms of upgrades and possible property acquisition. Believe with us as we move forward with our upgrades and continuous efforts in improving Safe Harbor Bucksnort for the betterment of the men in our care. We thank you for being a supporter and would love to hear from you. May God bless and protect your household in these times.
Safe Harbor of Tipton County is set to open June 1, 2021. Our new facility is located on a 20 acre campus, which was built in 1905 as Dunlap Orphanage. One of the founders of the orphanage said that they wanted to build a place to see little hands discover what God has for them. We are proud to continue that vision as an orphanage, the only difference is the hands are bigger!

We will be able to house 74 men in our Safe Harbor of Tipton County Program and 16 women in our Fresh Start Program at the new property in Brighton, TN. This campus will also house our Administrative Offices. We are so excited to be able to expand to this beautiful location and continue the work of Safe Harbor that was started over 25 years ago.

​We want to continue to shine the Light of Jesus into the darkness of this world to see these now bigger hands discover the freedom and life God has for them! God’s ways are higher than our ways; His thoughts are higher than our thoughts. It’s overwhelming to think back to every step He ordered for this moment. We give Him glory, Amen!
Congratulations to our graduates - Jeremiah Brewer, Cody Campbell, Daniel Smith, Daniel Wright, Larry Hunt & James Clark!
We had a great weekend in Bucksnort!
Bucksnort Bingo Bash 2021!! We had a great time playing BINGO, and getting to know each other with 2 truths and a lie!! Thanks Jonathan Morris for the idea!
Great class with our Chaplain
Doing a little cooking on the smoker!
NA/AA Meeting
Learning to tie a tie in Life Skills Class
Clients volunteering at Compassion Church
Chaplain and one of our clients, Mr. Dodson, put some touch ups on the paint and fixed the chapel up. They did a great job!
Did some community service & shoveled out Who Dat Processing in Tennessee Ridge
The guys playing a little football in the snow!
It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness!!! The snow in Bucksnort!
Packed house for class
The clients played a couple games of BINGO, We had two winners, they both won a Pizza a piece, Mr. Chris Pierce and Justin Goodwin!
The guys got to try out the Popcorn machine! Looks like it was a success!
Super Bowl 2021 followed by class. Our chaplain always has a good message and a strong prayer!
We would like to thank Mid TN Lumber for donating some hickory wood for the Bucksnort Big Pig roast we had Feb 20! Thank you!!
Some of the clients volunteering at Compassion Church. Service work and giving back are an integral part of recovery
The guys loving having some great weather to get some hoops in!
Who the Son sets free, is free indeed. Powerful baptisms Sunday morning.
This is why we do what we do. Mr. Etheridge was in absolute tears as he shed away is old life!
What a beautiful site seeing these baptisms!
The three men standing in this photo are the super stars of Bucksnort and have each gone above and beyond for the men of Safe Harbor. Starting from left to right we have Mr. Troy Beasley who has been with the ministry since 3-30-2020 and has been an invaluable asset to the program and to the lives of the men. His dedication and work ethic has led us to an excellent start to the year and we look forward to seeing great things from him in the future.

Mr. McKissack started with us on 7/20/20 and from day one he has been a key staff member. His dedication to the recovery of these men shows in his classes and his ability to council the clients as they work through the program. He's had a "can do" attitude and continues to be a rock of consistency with which we can build and improve. Thank you Mr. McKissack!

Mr. Smith is often quiet and reserved but don't let that fool you, he has a heart for the Lord and a willingness to press on when others would give up. His determination led him to be one of the first clients to graduate Bucksnort. He started as a staff member on 8/21/2019 and has been a rising star here at Bucksnort ever since. There is no doubt with his work ethic and desire to consistently improve himself, he will go far within the Safe Harbor organization.
Congratulations to our graduates - Peyton Wooten, John Dodson, Brett Peel, Bert Nanney, James Stewart, Chris Carver, & Brent Graves!
Mid-TN has been a God send for Safe Harbor of Bucksnort. They provide a safe work environment and the men who work there state the employees of Mid-TN are supportive and positive. The office staff at Safe Harbor appreciate the timely manner, in which documentation is received and the open communication which allows us to best serve the clients in the program.

We are currently working 10 men at an average of 48 hours a week. This is huge, helping the clients of Safe Harbor not only be productive and support in their recovery but also granting an opportunity to those who might otherwise be unable. Michelle Alexander and the rest of the staff truly care about the men and they truly have a passion for helping these men.

We are a grateful beyond measure for Mid-TN and are excited to say they are our Partner of the Quarter. Through open communication, a positive work environment, and opportunities for our men they have set themselves above the norm. Thank you, Mid-TN for all you do and we are excited to see where our partnership goes in the future!
"Greetings my name is Razvan Sinca and I’d like to tell you a little bit about myself. Through a series of bad decisions I found myself sitting in jail with a grim outlook of my future and no hope of ever changing, but I discovered that when you’re at your lowest is when you’re most likely to change so I did what any humbled man would do in such a situation. I dove into my Bible and started talking to God, praying and meditating daily asking for hope, strength, a new beginning and God was faithful!! So through a series of miraculous circumstances I was blessed with an opportunity to come to Safe Harbor. I’ll never forget the day that I received my acceptance letter through Chris Somerville. I was so relieved and overjoyed. God bless that man, he has done so much for me and many others. I’ve grown so much throughout my stay here. The classes and environment that Safe Harbor provides has really helped me grow spiritually, mentally and emotionally. I have a new vision and positive outlook on life. #PrimedAndReadyForSuccess"
Congrats to our graduates - Billy Jackson, Jeffrey Tigue, Derrick Crutcher, Herby Pascal, William O'Kelley, Eddie Perry, Anthony Camper & Michael Bryant.
Our 2021 Battle in the Saddle Champion is Katie Jo Keller & Ima Fiddleplayer Too of Mulberry, AR.

We had a total of 1900 entries over the weekend. 1,101 runs in the Open, 139 runs in the Young Guns, 31 KK Run for Vegas Qualifiers, and 61 in the poles. Our total payout for 2021 was $83,730.50!

Thank you to everyone who made this show possible - our sponsors, our staff, our vendors, contestants and your families.

Thank you to the Agricenter Showplace Arena, Manager Jamie White, & his staff for keeping the facility top notch for all of us to enjoy.

Thank you to all of our sponsors for supporting our event:
D&S Builders
The Lodge at Five Oaks
Clegherns Piggly Wiggly of Erin
Netgain Mobile Diagnostics
Jim & Sue Oaks
Carter Funding Corporation
IGA - Insurance Group of America
Jackson Tire & Alignment
Dr. Ford
Deborah Lane - Iberia Mortgage Loan Officer
Tractor Supply

Thank you to First Choice Farm & Lawn for use of the Kubota tractors and Randy Prince for the use of The Drag Queen Arena Drags. We have some of the best tractor drivers in the business. Thank you Travis Childress, JJ Bryant, Rodney Ervin, & Maddox Pinner for keeping the ground so consistent all weekend.

Thank you to Josh & Cassie Morton for bringing the Poles and for helping to get everything set up.

Thank you to those who carried flags opening up each day, and thank you to Sharlee Shumpert for singing our National Anthem.

Thank you to our vendors for giving us all somewhere to spend our money on your great products and services! Thank you JHA Saddle & Tack for donating a 5 Star Pad for the Raffle Giveaway!

Thank you TN Equine Hospital of Eads for being our on-site vet for the weekend.
Thank you to Brent Puhl with Puhl's Photography for the long hours behind the camera, and for providing us with a live webcast for those who can't be there to watch!

As we all know it takes everyone to have an event like this. There are so many thank you's to give out. We will have everything figured soon to see what 2021's show raised for Safe Harbor. You will never know the impact you are having while you are just enjoying what you do with your friends, your families, and your horses! You are investing in so many lives, most you will never even see or know. From all of us at Safe Harbor & Battle in the Saddle THANK YOU and we will see you next year.

Mark the dates in your calendar - Jan 14 - 16, 2022 at the Agricenter Showplace Arena in Cordova, TN!