It all started with cupcakes at a birthday party.
Two South Shore moms, one managing food allergies and the other managing Celiac Disease, quickly realized how similar some of their challenges were. They instantly became a support to one another, and knew there were others in the community who could benefit from local support. They imagined a place to share experiences, ask questions and meet people living with similar daily management challenges and successes.
Both moms lived in Scituate, MA and created a Facebook group "Scituate Allergy Families Educating (SAFE)" in late Nov 2016.
The first "in-person" meeting was in Jan 2017.
By May of 2018 it was clear that we were supporting families beyond Scituate, so the decision was made to change the name to "South Shore Allergy Families Educating". Still SAFE.
In November 2018 SAFE became a Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) recognized support group. We were added to their searchable database of support groups around the country, making it easier for local families to find SAFE, and therefore, support. It also has allowed us to submit proposals annually for limited funding. This funding has supported guest speakers and community engagement programming. Our Medical Advisor is Dr. Michael Pistiner.
We were busy in 2019. In addition to our monthly meetings, we hosted a large educational event featuring Dr. Pistiner, thanks to our first Community Outreach Award from FARE. We introduced a new co-leader to SAFE, and some of the kids created an advisory group, AKA (Allergy Kids Association).
In 2020 we launched SAFE Kids! which is a kid-centered branch of SAFE, with hangouts and outings, organized and hosted by AKA. We also launched out speaker series for the year. Plans were impacted in March, with the sudden spread of COVID-19 and the broad quarantine measures that followed. Remaining Guest Speakers joined us virtually. We were able to remain connected via email and Facebook with online events including a Trivia Week contest and a Halloween Costume contest, thanks to a Community Outreach Award from FARE (Food Allergy Research & Education).
Since 2020 we have leaned on the power of Zoom to keep our group active. Since the first meeting in 2017, SAFE has held consistent meetings, used social media and email communication to share info and resources, and organized events for caregivers, children, and the public. We look forward to connecting with you!
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