Faced with the untimely and tragic death of his beloved wife Gloria, in a moment of deep grief, Nick Silverio chose to push back and make a tragic situation into a life affirming, life saving foundation that dedicates all of its energy and resources to saving the weakest amongst us: newborn infants at risk of abandonment and mothers often feeling abandoned by society.
Nick tirelessly set out to create and develop “A Safe Haven for Newborns”, a true safety net for moms and newborns in crisis. This program serves without judgment, for the sole purpose of saving a newborn from abandonment and, assuring a mother in crisis a better way. A 24/7 helpline that is dedicated to providing multilingual information and assistance at the darkest hour is the primary objective of our mission. All 167 Safe Haven babies have been successfully adopted, fulfilling the dreams of parents waiting to share their lives with their newborn.
Nick has successfully tapped into his business know-how and combined it with his charitable, compassionate character to create an efficient and effective foundation that has resulted in numerous awards. These awards include the Points of Light, State of Florida Proclamations, and many local awards and recognition. He is an active member of the South Florida Hospital Association, the Doral Business Council, the Order of Malta, and the Knights of Columbus. He is a dedicated uncle, and a godfather to many.
Nick lives by his quote that “if only one life is saved, all of our efforts would be worthwhile”.
Going back to when you first started with your organization to now, what has been your proudest accomplishment?
Building the most effective Safe Haven life saving program in the nation which is saving innocent, helpless babies.
What is your greatest challenge at this time?
What do you still hope to accomplish?
Eliminate infant abandonment and develop a program to assist pregnant girls and mothers to realize a productive future.
How do you want to be remembered by future generations?
I made a difference.
Do you have a motto, or some words of wisdom, that has guided you through your life?
Strive, to leave the world a more compassionate, better place because you were here by: Building and valuing relationships-Living by the philosophy of inclusion and integrity- Basing your actions on “Helping others” without seeking credit.
What charitable organizations are you involved with at this time?
A Safe Haven for Newborns
What is something your parents taught you that you will never forget?
The difference between “right and wrong”.
If you were to write an autobiography, what would be the title of it?
“I did it my way”.
Who is your hero?
How does one hold on to their true self in the corporate world and still become successful?
Never compromise your principals and function with integrity.
Is there a saying , motto, or “words to live by” that is your favorite?
The measure of your character is what you do when no one is looking.
What would you still like to learn how to do?