Our Mission

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

My children have lost the only dad they’ll ever know. Safe Crossings has given them a tool box for dealing with their grief.
Kim Isaac

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.

  • 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.

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.

Wendy Ozanne

Communications & Development Associate

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
  • Teresa Bigelow, Emeritus
  • Wes Burns, Vice President
  • Elaine Chase
  • Annette Clark
  • Rachel Dahl, Fellow
  • Brett Earnest, Vice President
  • Danielle Funston
  • Donna Haggarty-Robbins, Emeritus
  • Tom Hall
  • Shawn Hintz
  • Nancy Hochman
  • Heidi Howard
  • Ami Juel, Fellow
  • 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
  • Ken Troop
  • Josephine Vestal, Secretary
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Partners