News & Events

Annual National Living with Grief Program Scheduled

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

1:00 - 4:30 p.m.

Muehlig Funeral Chapel, 403 South Fourth Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI


This program explores the ways that healthcare workers, hospices, educators, social workers, counselors, clergy, funeral directors, and other professionals can assist adolescents as they cope with loss.

National experts and local panelists, including Ele's Place staff, will be participating in this program.

Three CE credits are available for professionals through the Hospice Foundation of America for $25.00.

The public is invited to attend this FREE seminar.  Please RSVP by calling 734-663-3375.

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Ele's Place - Lansing Names New Managing Director

Dan Layman has been appoint as the Managing Director of Ele's Place - Lansing.  Read more!


Ele's Place - Grand Rapids Celebrates 1-Year Anniversary

Ele's Place-Grand Rapids will celebrate 1 year of supporting grieving children and teens by hosting two Tours of the Heart.  All are invited to attend, but please RSVP.  Dates for the Tours are:  July 10 and August 14, from 9 - 10 a.m. Read more!


Gerilyn May, Managing Director of Ele's Place- Grand Rapids, shares how grieving children and teens are helped in West Michigan. Watch video.


Ele's Place Video wins National Silver American Advertising Award

Click HERE to watch Overweg Story

Such Video, a Michigan-based high-end production and post boutique received national recognition at the American Advertising Awards in Boca Raton, Fla. on May 31. Such took home the Silver award for Public Service - Audio Visual for the Grand Rapids nonprofit Ele's Place "Overweg Story."

Sponsored by the American Advertising Federation, the awards honor excellence in advertising and cultivate the highest creative standards in the industry. The competition begins at the regional level with the 210 AAF member clubs nationwide from which local winners proceed to 14 district competitions, and those winners proceed to the national finals. Attracting more than 40,000 entries each year, the mission of the American Advertising Awards competition is to recognize and reward the creative spirit of excellence in the art of advertising.

At the regional competition in February, Such was honored with best in show, three Gold honors and three Silver honors for multiple entries, all of which advanced to district competition. Two of the district entries advanced to nationals after winning Silver awards, but it was the “Overweg Story" that was selected for national Silver recognition. National recognition is a rare occurrence in a minor market. 

"This award is a big win for us, but also for small business in Michigan. It shows that big work comes out of small creative studios when you understand what you’re good at. For us, it's storytelling. It is the foundation of everything we do," said Such partner, Karen Stefl. "The bottom line is that when you are passionate about your work, your clients are the big winners," said partner, David Such.

That makes Ele's Place, a center for grieving children in Grand Rapids, the big winners in this case. Ele's Place has additional locations in Ann Arbor and Lansing.

“Such Video has fully embraced our mission of supporting grieving children and teens and we are extremely grateful to them for generously donating their time and talent to our organization for almost 20 years," said Laurie Strauss Baumer, Ele's Place president and CEO. "Such Video has expertly shared our families’ stories with honesty, integrity and sensitivity."

According to Strauss Baumer, the "Overweg Story" video created by Such is emotional, thoughtprovoking and inspirational, capturing the painful reality of grief, while presenting an honest sense of hopefulness.

Such’s nationally recognized "Overweg Story" and other award-winning entries are available for viewing on their website at


Support Ele's Place with your Paramount Coffee purchase!

CLICK HERE to order the newest flavors of Paramount Coffee to benefit Ele's Place!  Paramount is donating $1 to Ele's Place for each bag of coffee sold. Simply use Discount Code elesplace during checkout.


Click HERE to read about one of our Grand Rapids facilitators, Dr. Carrie Sandborn, who was recently featured in Women's Lifestyle Magazine.


This note was sent to Ele's Place by a 12-year-old donor named Jordan, along with his $50 donation. His genuine caring about grieving kids made our day!


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