Stories

Healing through Art with 4th Grade Boys

“When I look at my art, I feel really proud of myself because I learned to take risks and I made things from my heart,” reads a quote on the Draw it Out survey submitted by Washington-state school counselor Alyssa Daniels. The quote comes from a child in one of the several successful Art with… Read more »

Art With a Cause

“These paintings come from a deep place in my heart, inspired by years of military service, the relationships of those that I’ve lost, as well as the family ties of love and support through the last two decades,” says local artist Kory Noble when asked about his inspiration. Kory lives and creates in Renton, WA… Read more »

Like Your Dad, Like SCF

In honor of all of our wonderful fathers this Father’s Day, Safe Crossings Foundation is hosting a Facebook event: “like” us on Facebook and post a story or testimony about why you’re celebrating your father or father figure on Father’s Day. You will then be entered to win one of 20 boxes of Fran’s Chocolate… Read more »

Compassion is on the Menu

Imagine an 11 year old boy at a table of complete strangers, telling the story of what he went through after his dad died. Pretty brave, right? That’s exactly what Marcus, a Safe Crossings Program participant, did at last year’s luncheon. After walking into a room of 630 people, Marcus took his seat and cautiously… Read more »

Shivana the Slammer (and Jammer)

“Music is a very intimate thing to share with the world and with others. Music is a connection,” Shivana believes. She took up the violin at age four, and looks forward to this summer’s first “Slam and Jam,” where she can connect with other teens. For many of us, “slam” is a new slang term… Read more »

Why Lee’s Story Matters

Meet Lee Carswell. Born in Birmingham and educated in Liverpool, England, Lee is a successful senior manager at the consulting firm of West Monroe Partners in Seattle.  He is tall, lanky and has an easy laugh. This story has little to do with his consulting career.  Instead, he describes a loving family re-constructing their lives… Read more »

Your Gifts Helped the Isaac Family

Years of on and off cancer eventually ended with a terminal diagnosis. In 1997, at the age of 26, Joshua Isaac found a small bump on his hand; his and his family’s cancer journey began. Joshua married her childhood sweetheart, Kim, the same year he was diagnosed with this rare sarcoma. After treatment and with… Read more »

Mattie Learned to Process Grief with Safe Crossings Program

Mattie Bess is not new to grief. She has been embracing it since her father passed away in 2005 when she was just 13 years old. Her mom was concerned she might not be able to give Mattie the support she needed so they got involved with The Healing Center, a grief support community for… Read more »

What We Learn From Grief

Losing a loved one at any age is never easy. In moments your life can change so suddenly and nothing about that experience seems fair or makes any sense. The grief process impacts each and every child differently. One of the hardest things to do is to be able to find joy after loss. Sometimes… Read more »

The Beautiful Way One Mom Discusses Death & Grief With Her Sons

Blogger Mary Tyler Mom wrote a great column about grief for ChicagoNow, an online blog forum. After having her oldest daughter die from cancer, talk of death became commonplace in her family’s home. Now, as a member of her extended family has passed away and her children are a bit older, she discusses how to… Read more »