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New Faces at Safe Passage U.S. Office

Safe Passage is proud to welcome two new faces, and to announce a promotion, in their Yarmouth, Maine-based U.S. office!


Nancy Thompson Safe Passage Camino Seguro

Nancy Thompson, Database & Capital Campaign Coordinator, supports an emerging capital campaign, and database needs of Safe Passage's continuous development and outreach programs. Thompson previously served as Maine Cancer Foundation’s Donor Relations Specialist and prior to that as Interim Director of Development for Opportunity Farm for Boys & Girls. She brings 30 years of experience working with nonprofit organizations as a staff and board member. 

Rachel Schmitz Katyl was promoted to Associate Director of Development. Katyl joined the organization in 2012 as Development and Outreach Associate. She holds strong fundraising skills and has lived and worked in Bolivia, Costa Rica, and Guatemala. In her new role, she is coordinating the annual fund, executing yearly gift strategies, and expanding Safe Passage’s donor base in New England and beyond.

Danielle Chrobak, Communications & Outreach Coordinator, specializes in website management, social engagement, and organizational branding. Prior to this she worked as the lead copywriter for Sturbridge Yankee Workshop, office manager for the Ocean Park Association and legal secretary for the firm of Welte & Welte.  Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Danielle is proud to call the Pine Tree State her home for the past five years.

The next time you are in the U.S Yarmouth, Maine Safe Passage office, be sure to stop by and say hello!

Investing in the Future- Celebrating our 2014 Graduates

Graduation is the event we look forward to all year long here at Safe Passage. It is the culmination of years of hard work and investment in the lives of our students. Our annual graduation ceremony recognizes our students who have demonstrated diligence and commitment- overcoming many challenges along the way. 

This year, we celebrated the tremendous success of 20 students who graduated from our Educational Reinforcement Program. 

Launching the Guatemalan Ambassadors Program

In the Guatemalan Volunteer program it is always a challenge to get more people to join the team. The volunteers are incredibly valuable to us for all the love, confidence and good examples they give not only to the kids, but also to older students and families.

We already know that more people could learn about Safe Passage and contribute their time and talent to Safe Passage; the question is: how? When we ask our Guatemalan volunteers or staff how they became interested in the project, most people say, “through a friend.” So who better to get involved in the project, than all of the friends and families of our volunteers? With this idea in mind, over a year ago, we dared to dream of establishing a Guatemalan Ambassadors Program!

Mapping an Adventure

Earlier this year one of our Safe Passage support teams decided to educate the kids at Safe Passage about Deb Walters' fantastic effort to raise awareness and funds by kayaking from Maine to Guatemala. 

Mid-Maine UU Youth Support Team, was from 3 different UU (Unitarian Universalist) churches in Maine. Since Deb’s launch date was the same day as the team's arrival in Guatemala, they decided to make their project with the kids about Deb's journey. The idea was to create a map so the kids could see where she was each day and learn about the journey she is making on their behalf. The team's efforts began before they arrived in Guatemala, as Deb and the team also did a joint fundraiser in Maine to raise awareness back home.  

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