Exciting news! Nicole’s new book was published on February 25th. See here for more information.


 Welcome to S.A.F.E (Supporting Allergic Families through Education) of Boulder County! Founded in 2013, we are a community-based organization dedicated to improving the health, safety, and well-being of families with food allergies through increased awareness and education. We welcome anyone who is affected by food allergies, whether you have a food allergy yourself or someone you know or love is food-allergic.

Our Mission

  • Education

    • To provide practical tips for coping with food allergies and anaphylaxis
    • To share news and resources that allow families to better manage life with food allergies
    • To equip food-allergic children with knowledge, experience, and encouragement to advocate for themselves
  • Support

    • To provide understanding and emotional support to food-allergic individuals and their families
  • Outreach

    • To increase awareness of the severity and seriousness of food allergy
    • To improve the safety and inclusion of food-allergic individuals within the community


Joshua Ondatje, Nicole Ondatje, and Minnie Piffarerio founded S.A.F.E. of Boulder County in September 2013.

Joshua and Nicole Ondatje discovered that their daughter was severely allergic to peanuts when she was a year old. Moving from disbelief, then anger and grief to acceptance, they have learned that the journey of every food-allergic parent is a challenging one, especially considering the lack of understanding and support from some friends, extended family, restaurant staff, etc. However, they have found that education and finding the right resources has made life a little bit easier. It is their hope to help educate and support others with a similar plight as well as to raise awareness about the seriousness of food allergies.

Minnie Piffarerio is the mother of boy & girl twins.  Both twins are severely allergic to peanuts and tree nuts. After spending countless hours to talking with other parents of children who have food allergies and sensitivities, it has become very apparent for Minnie that our area needed an active support group for this topic. Minnie’s focus and vision is to bring together a local community to exchange information and support for those living with food allergies.  The more we know about what we can do to help ourselves and our children, the more supported and reassured we can be with a condition that makes many of us feel that so much is out of our control.


SAFE of Boulder County is not a professional or medical organization and is not responsible for medical decisions made by any one person due to the information received through our organization. We are a group of parents/caregivers/friends/allergic individuals sharing information and supporting each other. The professional speakers who share their knowledge, or the discussions, minutes, handouts, agendas, and other products of our support group do not constitute medical and/or legal advice and should not be relied upon as such. Always discuss individual health inquiries and medical issues with a qualified physician and/or specialist. All contents of the SAFE of Boulder County website are for informational purposes only. Any reference to a commercial or non-commercial product, process, service, or company is based upon personal experience, and is not an absolute endorsement by SAFE of Boulder County. Safe of Boulder County assumes no liability whatsoever for the use or contents of any product or service mentioned.


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