Ann Arbor’s Ele’s Place, a nonprofit community-based organization designed to create awareness of and support for grieving children, teens, and their families, has opened its new home in Ann Arbor. The organization’s complete fall programming will begin in September and have the capability to serve hundreds of individuals.
About one in 12 children in Michigan experience the death of a parent or sibling by the age of 18. Ele’s Place was created 12 years ago and offers programs to help children and teens learn how to cope with the loss of parents, siblings, and other significant people.
Ele’s Place broke ground on the new 15,000-square-foot building in July 2018 at 5665 Hines Drive (south of Briarwood Mall). The new space will allow the organization to expand from three to four nights per week of programming, and a 25 percent growth rate is expected within the first few years of opening the building. All services are free.
“We are grateful for the generosity of The Jones Family Foundation and many other donors that propelled the ongoing support of the community in order for the building to be funded,” says Monica Brancheau, director of Ele’s Place Ann Arbor. “…We would like to thank our community leaders that are serving on our campaign cabinet for their time, energy, and support of this campaign.”
The organization is hosting an open house and ribbon cutting ceremony from 1-4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 29.
An average of 150 grieving children, teens, and their families attend peer support programs each week. Ele’s Place also provides support groups in schools and clinical consultations for grieving families.