The Joe Torre Safe At Home Foundation today announced that Benjamin Engel will join as its new Chief Executive Officer effective today. Engel brings a wealth of expertise in NPO development and development operations to the Foundation. He most recently served as the Chief Development Officer for the Prostate Cancer Foundation.
Safe At Home, which helps children impacted by violence and abuse in their homes, schools, and communities, has reached more than 100,000 students since its founding. Safe At Home helps young people cope with their experiences and get on the path to healing, hope, and empowerment. Safe At Home’s signature program is a school-based safe room called Margaret’s Place, named in honor of Joe Torre’s mother. Each Margaret’s Place is staffed by a full-time, master’s-level therapist who provides both individual and group counseling sessions. Due to COVID-19, Safe At Home has shifted to virtual programming and counseling through its partnerships with the schools. Additionally, each Margaret’s Place program has a peer leadership program, which supports youth as they foster social, organizational, and leadership skills, and empowers young people to be change agents in their communities. Safe At Home also offers an intern program for alumni of the Margaret’s Place program who have demonstrated responsibility and leadership potential. Alumni staff assist in managing the peer leadership program, create and lead workshops, ensure that youth voice is present in its work, provides professional development opportunities for alumni, and establishes a relatable point of access for students.
“Unfortunately for many, staying at home doesn’t always mean being safe at home. Domestic violence exists behind closed doors, and during the pandemic, our mission of ending the cycle of domestic violence has become more important than ever,” said Joe Torre, baseball Hall of Famer and Chairman of Safe At Home. “We are grateful for Ben’s expertise to help us maintain and grow our programming so more children feel safe at home.”
“We are so pleased to welcome Ben to Safe At Home. He has a proven track record as a strategic development leader in the field,” said Ali Torre, President, Safe At Home. “Now more than ever, children need to understand that they’re not alone and it’s not their fault. Ben’s experience in non-profit development and relationship cultivation will help us reach more children at a critical time.”
Prior to serving as the Chief Development Officer for the Prostate Cancer Foundation, Engel was Vice President, Development and Development Operations for the organization. He oversaw all foundation stewardship efforts and revenue activities that helped drive the Prostate Cancer Foundation’ mission to fund cutting-edge cancer research at academic medical institutions around the globe. Previously, Engel also served at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) and prior to that with Autism Speaks.
“I’m excited and proud to join the Safe At Home team to help end the cycle of domestic violence,” said Engel. “I’m ready to put my experience to work so we can broaden the reach of the Foundation and help save lives.”