On May 24th, Providence Hospice awarded SCF with the 2017 Hospice Award of Distinction, commemorating our organizations’ 28-year partnership. The evening weaved history and memories with stories from current Safe Crossings Program counselors about how children work through their grief and other complicated emotions following the death of a loved one.
The reception program was emceed by Gary Crum, Director of the Providence Hospice of Seattle Foundation. Former Providence Director Bob Anderson reminisced on Safe Crossings’ humble beginnings. He recalled his first meeting with Teresa Bigelow and Carol McMullin as they approached him about starting a foundation and the importance of creating support systems for children who have experienced loss. As a result, Carol and Teresa founded the McMullin-Robertson Foundation in 1989, which would later become Safe Crossings Foundation.
The award was accepted on SCF’s behalf by Colleen Robertson, Teresa’s daughter and current SCF Board President (both are pictured to the left). Colleen’s father, Bill, died after a long illness when she was a child, and she was privileged enough to receive counseling services throughout the illness and following his death. Experiencing the benefits of these services for her daughter led Teresa to try to meet the immense need for support for grieving children, resulting in the eventual creation of SCF.
We look forward to many more years of partnership between our organizations and the continued impact that we are able to have together on the lives of children!