History of Ele's Place
In 1989 when 11 month old Ele Stover died, her mom, Betsy, searched for a way to help Ele’s surviving brother and two sisters navigate their grief. Two years later, she became a founder of Ele’s Place in Lansing to provide grieving children, teens, and their families, the support and time to explore their feelings and to begin to heal following a death that had impacted their lives.
In 1993 for 12 months Sheila Morrison-Patrias drove every week from Jackson to Lansing where she and her two daughters participated in Ele’s Place support groups following her husband’s death. Sheila’s and her daughters’ experience and Shelia’s passion for the mission and unmet need in the community led her to spearhead bringing Ele’s Place to Ann Arbor in 2007.
“Grieving children deserve a permanent space dedicated to healing their hearts. Ele’s Place Ann Arbor is honored - and ready - to give them that home.”
- Betsy Stover, a founder of Ele’s Place
Ele’s Place Ann Arbor started by offering one night of weekly programming. After 11 years, we continue to rent our program space and with the help of 50 volunteers and five staff clinicians provide services Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings serving an average of 160 grieving children and teens each week from dozens of communities across Michigan and Ohio.
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Betsy & Woody Stover Family with Baby Ele
Who We Serve
We serve 100 families each week (150 children plus their parent/guardians) in our evening bereavement groups.
Our program groups are FREE to all families.
Last year we served families from eight counties and 47 cities.
Ann Arbor Area
Other Surrounding Communities
Adrian Hamburg Pinckney
Belleville Hartland Pittsfield Twp
Brighton Howell Pleasant Lake
Canton Leander Plymouth
Carleton Livonia Rockford
Clinton Mabee South Lyon
Fenton Michigan Center Warren
Ferndale Milford Westland
Grass Lake Munith Whitmore Lake
Grosse Isle Northville Willis
Grosse Pointe Woods Onsted
We offer Ele’s Group - an eight week school based program for students coping with death in area schools.