Our Mission

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

Can we do Draw It Out until the end of the school year – maybe even into the summer?
Art with Heart

Our History

1989
SCF Opens

Founded by Teresa Bigelow with funding from Williams Kastner.

1991
Providence Partnership

Partnered with Providence Hospice of Seattle to provide major funding for the SCP.

2004
Camp Erin

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
Draw it Out Book

Funded the development of the Draw it Out created by Art with Heart.

2014
Art with Heart Program

Art with Heart received grant to develop a parent’s companion book for Draw it Out and to create a training program for teachers, counselors, therapists and others on the best way to use this book with children.

2015
Northwest Conference on Childhood Grief

Host the first annual Northwest Conference on Childhood Grief in February 2015.

2015
Grant Making Initiative

Our giving increased through a total of three brand new $5,000 grants.

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.

  • Forefront Cares

    Forefront Cares supports those newly bereaved by suicide by providing peer-to-peer phone mentoring and care packages.

  • The Healing Center

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

Staff

Karen Schrantz

Executive Director

Karen brings twenty years of experience in the private and public sectors as a mediator, facilitator, educator, and executive director to her leadership role at Safe Crossings Foundation. Her goal is to unite vision, energy and enthusiasm in pursuit of bringing partners together to advance our mission. Karen was drawn to the work of SCF for its compelling service focus, established reputation, and vision for growth. She has a passion for transforming family and community relationships and continues to be inspired by the transformative capacity of education and support services to heal hearts and restore joy, honor loss and celebrate life. Karen has received a BA in American Studies, a teaching degree, a Master of Public Administration, and a specialty certificate from the UW’s Non-Profit Executive Leadership Institute. Away from work, Karen enjoys running, yoga, horseback riding, and spending time outdoors with her husband, daughter, son and dogs.

Marci Servizi

Development Director

Marci joined the Safe Crossings Foundation team in the spring of 2013 after being a volunteer for the organization for over 10 years. Marci has a lengthy marketing background which includes working for large non- profit and for profit Seattle based companies. She brings a wealth of knowledge gained by working most recently for AT&T, Seattle Union Gospel Mission, Microsoft and Starbucks. Marci lost her father at a young age and wants to make sure all kids are supported through their grief with love and compassion. Marci is on a mission and her energy and enthusiasm are contagious.

Clare Miller

Communications & Development Associate

Clare joined the team at Safe Crossings Foundation in the summer of 2016 and brought with her more than a decade of marketing, promotion, coordination and design experience. After first volunteering with SCF, she knew she had a heart for the cause and jumped at the chance to dedicate herself to the important work of helping kids rediscover their joy. Clare graduated with a BA from Western Washington University, and more recently earned a Master of Culture & Gender Studies Degree from the University of Sydney in Australia. Aside from a major case of wanderlust, her biggest loves include music, writing, pizza and the Pacific coastline.

Board

  • Diane Aboulafia
  • Jessica Abramson
  • Teresa Bigelow, Emeritus
  • Michelle Brown
  • Wes Burns, Vice President
  • Elaine Chase
  • Annette Clark
  • Brett Earnest, Vice President
  • Donna Haggarty-Robbins, Emeritus
  • Tom Hall
  • Nancy Hochman
  • Heidi Howard
  • Sean Leary
  • Philip "Flip" Morse
  • Lauren Ramsey
  • Colleen Robertson, President
  • Debra Rubin Levin
  • Nicole Storck, Treasurer
  • Megan Sutherland, Vice President
  • Jo Vestal, Secretary
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