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Grand Blanc father credits grief and healing center, Ele's Place, for helping sons after wife dies

Children’s Grief Center to Open in Flint

Ele’s Place will partner with Genesys, Hurley and McLaren

A grieving father from Grand Blanc has spearheaded an effort to open a children’s grief center in Flint.  Jim Bappert and his family traveled to Ele’s Place in Lansing every week for six months after the sudden death of his wife, Jodi.  Today, over 70 community leaders and organizations have joined Bappert in the effort. 

“Ele’s Place in Lansing made a tremendous difference for my boys and me,” said Bappert.  “The support we received put us on a path to healing and helped us move forward with life.  I am thrilled that families in the Flint area will have the same opportunity.”

Ele’s Place leaders anticipate starting its school-based program in the spring with a pilot at Beecher High School, and a family-based program later in the year.  The Hagerman Foundation has donated office space in the Dryden building in downtown Flint and is providing early financial support of Ele’s Place-Flint.

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