Ele's Place, Inc.

A Healing Center for Grieving Children and Teens

aka Ele's Place   |   Lansing, MI   |  www.elesplace.org

Mission

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 info

1991

President/CEO

Dan Layman

Main address

1145 W. Oakland Ave

Lansing, MI 48915 USA

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EIN

38-2976751

NTEE code info

Counseling Support Groups (F60)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Family Bereavement Program

Ele's Place provides peer support groups for 200 children plus their family members each week at no charge. Beyond group discussion, the children express their feelings through art, music, play, songwriting, games and other creative, age-appropriate activities.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Caregivers

Ele's Group is an 8 week, school based grief support group. Students are able to garner grief support and alleviate feelings of isolation, in order to increase grades, attendance and other areas of their lives affected by grief. Additionally, having a grief group to attend during school hours allows other barriers (homework, sports, activities and work) which may keep them from attending our onsite groups, to be mitigated.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

In an effort to meet our vision of ensuring no child in the state of MIchigan grieves alone, Ele's Place staff is available to provide community support following a tragedy. This can include support to individual families, as well as services to school populations, or providing guidance to the full community following national or international tragedies.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Caregivers

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Member, National Alliance for Grieving Children 2020

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

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

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Infants and toddlers, Children and youth

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total number of volunteer hours contributed to the organization

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents, Children, Family relationships

Related Program

Family Bereavement Program

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Due to the realities of the Coronavirus pandemic in our communities, state and the world, our number of volunteer hours dropped. This directly corelates to the need to adjust our programming.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

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.

Over the course of our 30 year history, Ele's Place has been able to serve more than 30,000 individuals, and expand into three additional markets outside of our headquarters. Additionally, as a response to the Coronavirus pandemic, Ele's Place has worked to shift our program, training and fundraising models and have done so successfully. 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. The COVID-19 pandemic has required us to provide our services virtually and as such, we are able to reach several children for whom there were barriers to service before. This was a goal we were not certain we would be able to reach for at least a several years.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    While navigating the COVID-19 crisis in our community, feedback from our constiuencies was key in being able to provide service to those we serve, while ensuring we could keep all staff, volunteers, donors and families served as safe as possible.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Ele's Place, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 2/22/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Anita Bohn

University of Michigan

Term: 2018 - 2022


Board co-chair

Brock Fletcher

Keller Williams

Term: 2020 - 2022

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 01/20/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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