Mental Health, Crisis Intervention

Ele's Place, Inc.

A Healing Center for Grieving Children and Teens

aka Ele's Place

Lansing, MI


Ele's Place is a non-profit community-based organization dedicated to creating awareness of and support for grieving children and their families.

Ruling Year



Dan Layman

Main Address

1145 W. Oakland Ave

Lansing, MI 48915 USA


Grief, peer support, grieving children, grieving teens, Ele's Place, Michigan





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Counseling Support Groups (F60)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

Unresolved childhood grief can lead to many issues for those affected. This can include trouble in school, truancy, sleeplessness, drug and alcohol abuse and suicidal ideation and suicide. Ele's Place provides peer support to children 3-18 in order to mitigate these concerns.

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

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Family Bereavement Program

Ele's Group (School Based Group)

Community Grief Support

Where we work

Our Results

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Number of youth and families recieving access to free, peer to peer grief support

Population(s) served


Infants to preschool (under age 5),

K-12 (5-19 years)

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Total number of volunteer hours contributed to the organization

Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success


Charting Impact

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

Ele's Place aims to ensure that no child in the state of Michigan grieves alone, or lacks access to compassionate grief suppport. There are over 20,000 children in our current service areas alone who have experienced the death of someone close to them. This number does not take into account the children and teens outside of our current service area, who are eligible to recieve our services, but our precluded from doing so do to distance, or time.

Currently, Ele's Place houses sites in four major regions of the state of Michigan; the Ann Arbor metro area, West Michigan, the Capital Region, and Flint/Genessee County Region. In addtion to these four sites, Ele's Place hosts Ele's Group in more than 75 Elementary, Middle and High Schools across the state. These sites and schools attempt to reach and serve, at no cost to the families, children and teens who have experienced the death of some one close to them. Ele's Place has no religious affiliation, nor do we turn anyone away for their relationship to the person who died or type of death. We are fully inclusive of all families and children and teens of all needs.

Ele's Place utilizes a nationally recognized peer support program for children ages 3-18 and young adults to 25 years old, to allow them to process and normalize the feelings they experience as they grieve the death of someone close to them. This peer support, utilized in both our on site bereavement programming, as well as our school based programming, allows children to not only identify their own feelings, but also diminishes the feelings of isolation children feel after a death. We are able to administer these programs with a small staff of licensed clinicians, as well as nearly 500 volunteers across the state who dedicate 20+ hours to training, in order to learn the best way to serve our kids and teens. Once training is completed, the volunteers are asked to commit to one year of service to our families, in order to provide a level of consistency which can often be lacking for families following a death.

With nearly 30 years of providing children's grief support in Michigan, we are able to not only look back on data we have collected from our families, but also speak to many of them as adults to determine the benefit of Ele's Place in their lives. Additionally, we are able to do pre and post program surveys to see what changes in behavior have occurred in children and families during their time in our program. Consistently, these surveys state positive changes in children's behavior, sleep patterns, school work and relationships.

Over the course of our nearly 30 year history, Ele's Place has been able to serve more than 25,000 individuals, and expand into three additional markets outside of our headquarters. As we look to the future, we seek new and creative ways to continue to serve those in our current geographic areas, but will also provide support to those who are both outside and in between the current areas we serve. We anticipate doing this through expansion, of relationships with existing children's grief support centers, as well as through potential growth of our own facilities.

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Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?



Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

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