Our Mission

Safe Crossings Foundation is dedicated to helping grieving children who have lost a parent, sibling, or other loved one heal and thrive.

This is a life changing experience/transformation for my daughter who lost her mother to cancer. Our relationship is much stronger and, together, we will be able to move forward in life.
Parent

Our History

1989
Safe Crossings Foundation Opens

Founded by Teresa Bigelow with funding from Williams Kastner.

1991
Providence Hospice Partnership

Partnered with Providence Hospice of Seattle to provide major funding for the Safe Crossings Program.

2004
Camp Erin-King County

Began providing funding for Camp Erin-King County

2011
Expanded Reach

Identified 14 organizations providing children’s grief services.

2012
The Healing Center

Began providing grants to The Healing Center.

2013-2014
Art Therapy Resources

Funded the development of the Draw it Out art therapy book created by Art With Heart and Leader's Companion book and training for parents, teachers, counselors, therapists and others.

2015
Northwest Conference on Childhood Grief

Hosted the first annual Northwest Conference on Childhood Grief.

2015
Grant Making Initiative

Increased giving through a total of three new $5,000 grants to local organizations

2017
Expanded Grantmaking

Began providing support for survivors of suicide and wilderness grief support for teens.

2018
Logo Redesign

2019
30th Anniversary

Celebrating 30 years of helping children cope with grief.

Programs We Fund:

  • Safe Crossings Program

    Safe Crossings is a program for children and teens who are facing or have experienced the loss of a loved one.

  • Camp Erin

    Camp Erin®-King County is a weekend, overnight camp for kids and teens between the ages of 5 and 17 who are grieving the death of a loved one.

  • The Healing Center

    The Healing Center is a grief support community that offers individual, group and peer counseling for children, teens and families.

  • Wild Grief

    Wild Grief provides programs to support grieving teens on wilderness hikes.

Staff

Karen Schrantz

Executive Director

Karen Schrantz provides leadership as the Executive Director of Safe Crossings Foundation. Drawing on expertise from professional experience in both the private and public sector as a mediator, facilitator, educator, and executive director, Karen unites vision, energy and enthusiasm to her pursuit of bringing partners together to advance Safe Crossings Foundation’s mission. She received her BA in American Studies from California State University, Fullerton, her teaching degree from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Texas, her Master of Public Administration degree from the Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington, and a specialty certificate from the UW’s Non-Profit Executive Leadership Institute.

Sara Ritter

Development Director

Sara Ritter joined the SCF team in August of 2019. She brings with her many years of development experience and is excited to help SCF reach our fundraising goals. Sara is a native of Oregon and holds our mission close to her heart.

Wendy Ozanne

Communications & Development Manager

Wendy joined the team at Safe Crossings Foundation in the fall of 2018 bringing many years of nonprofit marketing, communications, and development experience. Wendy holds a BA in Organizational Communication from Northwest University and is currently pursuing her Masters in Nonprofit Leadership at Seattle University. Through past volunteer work Wendy saw firsthand how the death of a sibling or parent affects children and she wants to make sure every parent and child has access to free resources to help them through that tough time. Her passion for helping kids led her to SCF and she is eager to bring her knowledge and expertise to this wonderful organization.

Board

  • Diane Aboulafia, Emeritus; Great Work Communications
  • Teresa Bigelow, Founder, Emeritus
  • Wes Burns, Vice President; Northwestern Mutual
  • Lee Carswell, West Monroe Partners
  • Annette Clark, Seattle University School of Law
  • Brett Earnest, Vice President; Clark Construction Group
  • Danielle Funston, Blueprint Technologies
  • Donna Haggarty-Robbins, Emeritus
  • Nathan Hoerschelmann, Hoerschelmann Dietz PLLC
  • Tom Hall, PINN
  • Shawn Hintz, UBS Financial Services
  • Heidi Howard, Equinteractions
  • Sean Leary, Alliant Employee Benefits
  • Bill Leedom, Emeritus
  • Jessica Abramson Lott, Beauty Marks Entertainment
  • Carla Mauro, Nintendo of America
  • Philip "Flip" Morse, Emeritus
  • Nathan Musgrove, Heritage Bank
  • Lauren Ramsey, Microsoft
  • Colleen Robertson, President; Expedia Group
  • Paul Robinett, Hermanson Company LLP
  • Debra Rubin Levin, Aha!
  • Nicole Storck, Treasurer; PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Tiffany Sung, UW Board Fellow
  • Megan Sutherland, Vice President
  • Mike Turian, Wizards of the Coast
  • Josephine Vestal, Secretary; Williams, Kastner & Gibbs
Board Resource Page

Partners