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Posted by: coronadosafe 4 months, 4 weeks ago

In a time like this, don't we wish Mr. Rogers could be here to help us make sense of the world? Perhaps we could take a page from his book. Mr. Rogers once said, “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’” Right now, some people are helpers as first responders, counselors, grocery store workers-- and just as crucial are those who donate to nonprofits that are making a difference. Coronado SAFE is making an impact right here on the island in your community, with your neighbors.


“2020 tested our youth and families like never before. And together, we rose to the challenge. When the world shut down, SAFE remained open. We knew our mental wellness resources would be crucial and quickly pivoted our work to meet the needs of the community.  From distance learning resources to telehealth counseling, and from support groups to free mental wellness screenings, we worked hard to give our community exactly what they needed,” said Georgia Chakos Ferrell, Executive Director.


Locals donate to Coronado SAFE for a variety of reasons.  Many local parents are deeply indebted to SAFE for the family-oriented programs as well as its services to their children.  Local philanthropist and real estate broker, Alan Kinzel, adds, “No family is immune from the challenges that SAFE battles.”   


City Councilperson, Bill Sandke, points out that Coronado SAFE is unique in providing resources to Coronado families:  “SAFE has grown and matured into THE go-to resource for kids and adults facing challenges across the spectrum from student mental health to parenting and SAFE's significant impacts have been felt indeed. In fact, locally they are the single local source for these services.”  


Michelle Gilmore, Development Director for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation says, “I proudly support SAFE because of the invaluable services they offer Coronado families. Through free and low-cost counseling services, impactful programs at the High School and Middle School to build confidence and resilience, education opportunities for parents and families on social media and our ever-changing digital landscape, Coronado SAFE works to protect the mental health and well-being of our whole community. I am grateful for their work to keep my teens and their friends safe.”  


Despite the importance of the work SAFE does, Bruce Shepherd points out that, “Unfortunately, SAFE does not have a natural flow of funding – it struggles annually to find the funds to maintain its programs.”  He adds, “So I like to donate to SAFE – I know that my dollars are going towards a great cause that can really use financial support!”


As the executive director said, “Like many nonprofits, we have been stretched to our limits during these difficult times. We have a funding gap that only generous supporters  can help us to overcome. ”


While we aren’t all called to be on the frontlines, we can all help. We can all be helpers. When someone gives to Coronado SAFE, they remove barriers and provide hope for people in their own neighborhood. More youth and families are coming to SAFE close to reaching their breaking point. Donations help SAFE reach these people even before they enter crisis mode and equip them to recognize the warning signs. Be a helper by donating at or by calling 619-522-6884.


(Did you know that the CARES stimulus bill offers high tax deductions for donations given in 2020 due to COVID, even for those who don’t itemize)? Contact us to find out more)