About Us

Ensuring No Child or Teen Should Have to Grieve Alone

In 1991, a group of committed community volunteers in Lansing, MI, came together to support children in the area who had experienced the death of a parent, sibling, or someone else close to them. Named for Helen Louise Snow Stover, nicknamed Ele, who had died at just 11 months old, initial programming at Ele's Place served many children in the Lansing area, including Ele's three oldest siblings. 

Today, with 30 years of history, and more than 30,000 individuals served, four branch locations across the state of Michigan, Ele's Place provides onsite and school-based bereavement programming for children ages 3-18 who have experienced a death in their lives. These programs are provided at no cost to our families, and provide children and teens an opportunity to safely grieve. 

Ele's Place Ann Arbor History

Ele's Place Ann Arbor is the only nonprofit in our community and the surrounding southeast Michigan area dedicated solely to helping children and teens work with and through grief alongside their peers. Unfortunately, the need for our services will never go away. 

Ele’s Place Ann Arbor was established in 2007 by offering one night of weekly programming. In 2019, after opening the doors to our new dedicated healing center - A Home for Healing Hearts - we expanded our services to four nights, serving an average of 160 grieving children, teens, and their families each week. The need for our services is critical - in Washtenaw County alone, 4,500 children and teens could potentially benefit from the services of Ele’s Place.

Ele’s Place Ann Arbor serves grieving families from 10 Michigan counties, including: Genesee, Hillsdale, Ingham, Jackson, Lenawee, Livingston, Monroe, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne. More than half of the families we serve are from Washtenaw County.


Our Mission

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

Our Vision

To ensure that no child or teen in Michigan should have to grieve alone. 

Our Core Values

1.  We believe in creating and bolstering strong relationships; among our team members, between our team and the stakeholders we serve and with the families we serve. Additionally, we seek collaboration within the nonprofit, private sector, bereavement and children’s supportive services space.  

2.  We believe in fostering well-being and health; for the children and teens we serve, as well as for our own team, and our communities as a whole. 

3.  We believe in providing service with the utmost integrity and accountability; both through the ethical standards we uphold, and through keeping each other responsible to these standards. 

4.  We believe in excellence and innovation; while providing a program with fidelity to and quality of proven practices, we also allow ourselves the opportunity to grow, learn and improve upon all we do.  

5.  We believe in honoring and promoting diversity; by respecting all races, ethnicities, gender expressions, sexual orientation, socio-economic backgrounds, religions and abilities. We strive to reflect our communities in the families we serve and the members of our team.