West Michigan

Ele's Place West Michigan is dedicated solely to helping children and teens work with and through grief. Unfortunately, the need for our services will never go away. Unresolved grief negatively affects our children and teens, contributing to alarming rates of depression, addiction and violence.

Ele’s Place West Michigan started in 2013 by offering one night of weekly programing. After 2 years, we have expanded our services to Monday, and Thusday evenings serving an average of 100 grieving children and teens each week from dozens of communities.  The need for our services is critical. 

p: 616.301.1605
2000 Michigan Street NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

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Tour of the Heart


Image of a heart - Join us for a tour today!

What is a tour of the heart? An inspirational opportunity to learn more about Ele's Place West Michigan. Tour our program facility, meet our staff, learn about our services and find out ways you can help support our mission.

RSVP to Claire Pratt cpratt@elesplace.org or 616.301.1605 ext. 5104

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Program Information

Ele’s Place programming has gone VIRTUAL!

If you are interested in attending our virtual support groups, please call 616.301.1605 to start the virtual enrollment process. 

Volunteer in West MI

Interested in volunteering?
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Ele's Group School Based Support

Ele’s Group School Districts Served Since 2015:

·  Cedar Springs Public Schools

·  Choice Schools

·  Godwin Heights Public Schools

·  Grand Rapids Catholic Central       School

·  Grand Rapids Public Schools

·  Grandville Public Schools

·  Holland Christian Schools

·  Kelloggsville Public Schools

·  Kenowa Hills Public Schools

·  Kentwood Public Schools

·  Rockford Public Schools

·  Thornapple Kellogg Public             Schools


West Michigan Staff

Tammy Squire

Julie DeJong, LMSW
Program Director

Claire Pratt
Event & Development Associate 

Administrative Staff

Kristy Ziegler
Administrative Assistant

Bereavement Coordinators

Elsie Colbert, MHR, LLMSW

Karen Ketterer, LLMSW

Amanda Stowitts, MA, LLPC