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.

In the last 13 years we have grown from supporting 120 individuals to 1594 individuals annually and from one night of programming to four nights of programming per week. 

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Betsy Stover founder of Ele's Place
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
Ann Arbor



Scio Township    

Superior Township





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.