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
SCF 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
Draw It Out Book

Funded the development of the Draw it Out created by Art With Heart

2014
Art with Heart Program

Funded Art with Heart to develop a Draw it Out 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 in February

2015
Grant Making Initiative

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

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
  • Eric Opoku Agyemang, Fellow
  • Teresa Bigelow, Emeritus
  • Wes Burns, Vice President
  • Elaine Chase
  • Annette Clark
  • Brett Earnest, Vice President
  • Danielle Funston
  • Donna Haggarty-Robbins, Emeritus
  • Tom Hall
  • Shawn Hintz
  • Nancy Hochman
  • Heidi Howard
  • Sean Leary
  • Jessica Abramson Lott
  • Philip "Flip" Morse
  • Lauren Ramsey
  • Colleen Robertson, President
  • Paul Robinett
  • Debra Rubin Levin
  • Nicole Storck, Treasurer
  • Megan Sutherland, Vice President
  • Josephine Vestal, Secretary
Board Resource Page

Partners