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 programming. After 8 years, we have expanded our services to Monday and Thursday evenings serving an average of 100 grieving children and teens each week from dozens of communities.  The need for our services is critical. 


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


Program Information

Ele's Place West Michigan provides grief support to children and teens ages 3-18 and their families. If you are interested in attending our in-person or virtual support groups, please call 616.301.1605 to start the enrollment process. 

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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 Kristy Ziegler [email protected] or 616.301.1605 ext. 5103

Next available tour of the Heart Dates:
  • TBD

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

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  • 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
[email protected]

Karen Ketterer, LLMSW
Program Director
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Administrative Staff

Kristy Ziegler
Administrative Assistant
k[email protected]

Bereavement Coordinators

Elsie Colbert, MHR, LLMSW
[email protected]

Amanda Stowitts, MA, LLPC
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