What is

Ele’s Place?

Our Mission: Ele’s Place is a non-profit, community based organization dedicated to creating awareness of and support for grieving children and their families.

Our Vision: To ensure no child in Michigan grieves alone. 

Ele's Place was founded in 1991 by a group of mental health professionals, concerned community volunteers and grieving parents, Betsy and Woody Stover. Following the death of their daughter, Helen Louise Snow Stover, known as Ele, at 11 months old, the Stovers saw that their three children ages 3-7 were grieving the death of their sister, but not in the same way they were as adults. Following a great deal of research of other children's grief centers across the country, it was determined that peer support for the grieving Stover children as well as kids and teens who had experienced the death of someone close to them, was the best way to learn to cope with their feelings of grief, sadness, anger and loss.

Nearly 30 years later, following humble beginings in the basement of a church, Ele's Place now serves four communities and seeks to serve even more grieving children and their families as we continue to forward our mission. 




Headquarters Staff

Dan Layman, President & CEO
Kate Powers, COO & Chief Development Officer
Teri Dodson, Director of Operations
Lisa Fanzini, Director of Finance
Sally Hamlin, Finance Assistant
Mary Strolle, Administrative Coordinator
Kristen Wilson, Human Resources Coordinator

Headquarters Address:

1145 W. Oakland Ave. 
Lansing, MI 48915


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