Stories

Teens Helping Teens Move Through Grief

Camp Erin-King County hosts a weekend session each summer that is just for teenagers. On the last night of camp, teens participate in a special grief activity with each other around the pool. All campers gather on blankets with luminaries they’ve each made by hand that picture their relationship with their lost loved ones. These… Read more »

A Nun on a Mission

Sister Maureen Knows Kids’ Grief Support Changes Lives Sister Maureen Newman has been involved in the Providence Ministry for over 50 years and currently works as a Provincial Counselor at Providence Hospice in Seattle. Her journey with children began shortly after graduating from Seattle University with a degree in education. After briefly teaching at St…. Read more »

Grief is a Journey Best Taken With Others

Twins Damien and Ty were five years old when their dad died in 2009. The sudden loss of their father left the boys confused and worried. Their mom, Eva, knew the boys needed support. She found Camp Erin®- King County. “I had no idea how incredible camp would end up being and what it would… Read more »

You’re Not Alone

LIFE AFTER LOSING A LOVED ONE TO SUICIDE SCF’s Marci chats with Susan and Annalee, a mother and daughter who lost a son and brother to suicide, about their experience after his death; the unique grief that follows; and what has helped them on their paths toward healing. A Safe Crossings Foundation-sponsored organization, Forefront Cares, is… Read more »

Donor Profile: Nathan Hoerschelmann

Meet Nathan! He’s is one of Safe Crossings Foundation’s most dedicated supporters. As a Camp Erin Big Buddy and Luncheon Table Captain, Nathan spreads love and awareness for kids who are grieving and in need of support. The first and foremost reason I give to Safe Crossings Foundation is because the work they do is… Read more »

A Story of Hope

Is it possible for a child to find peace after his mom dies? The answer to this question is yes. Take 22-year-old Kevin McConnell, who lost his beloved mother Kathryn after a long battle with cancer nearly six years ago. Meeting Kevin today, you cannot help but be drawn to him and the sense of peace… Read more »

Better Together // Video

BETTER TOGETHER Safe Crossings Foundation, in partnership with some fantastic organizations and generous donors, is honored to help such families as the Mohans and Pareja-Ortegas, who share their stories of loss and love in the following video, created for our 2016 Annual Luncheon. Safe Crossings | Better Together from Safe Crossings Foundation on Vimeo. Special… Read more »

Crossing to College

Camper Brittany Frisk Gets College Assistance from Donor Families There’s no doubt about it. Brittany Frisk’s dad would be awfully proud of her. This fall, nearly 18 years after his death, she packed up her hopes, dreams—and her sunscreen—and headed off to Northern Arizona University to begin her studies in chemistry with a concentration in… Read more »

The Story of Jayza & D’Juna

Recently Safe Crossings Foundation sat down with D’Juna Duhon and her 16-year-old daughter, Jayza. Jayza’s beloved grandfather died in June, 2009. After much resistance, Jayza accepted help from the Safe Crossings Program and attended Camp Erin. Jayza:   My grandfather passed a couple days after his birthday and five days after Fathers Day. He lived with… Read more »

Ian Williams-Buckmaster’s Grief & Healing Story

Ian Williams-Buckmaster, endured parental struggles with addiction and multiple relocations. Ultimately, both his mom and dad died young. Low self-esteem and defiance characterized a youngster who faced grown-up decisions when most kids were playing Xbox. His anger, fear, and loneliness accompanied feelings of pain and grief. Camp Erin turned Ian’s life around. Held each summer in… Read more »