Ele's Place Ele's Place is a healing center for grieving children, supporting families in the Lansing and Ann Arbor regions and beyond. Each week, peer support group programs help hundreds of children and teens to cope with the death or life-threatening illness of a parent, sibling or other close family member or friend.
Before coming to Ele’s Place, many grieving children and teens feel alone and keep their feelings inside, not wanting to burden their parents or other family members. Often, friends don’t seem to understand if they haven’t had a similar experience. But each week at Ele’s Place, hundreds of grieving children find a warm and welcoming place to meet new friends who really understand how they feel. Some children learn how to cope with a family member’s illness, while others begin to heal after the death of a loved one.
The Kite Network Have you suffered from the loss of a loved one and want to talk to someone who truly understands your grief?
The kite network is a peer support organization. Our counselors are volunteers from the community who have traveled on their own personal grief journeys, and who have been trained to provide a supportive presence to our clients.
We are not a professional counseling or therapy center. Any person indicating a need for more comprehensive grief support will be referred to a local qualified therapist or therapy agency.
The kite network currently serves people in Washtenaw County, Michigan and surrounding communities.
The Kite Network (Located at the Red Cross Bldg.) 4624 Packard St. Ann Arbor, MI 48108 734.975.0238
Camp Kesem Our PurposeCamp Kesem empowers college student leaders nationwide to create free, life-changing summer camps for children affected by a parent’s cancer.
The Need There are 1.7 million cancer cases a year in the United States that affect individuals and their families. The support is there for grown-ups; but the special emotional needs of children of adult cancer patients have been overlooked. Simply put: kids are often left to deal with these personal tragedies on their own; and if parents themselves are struggling with illness, their sons and daughters frequently miss the simple joys of childhood.
Our mission is two-fold:
To provide children affected by a parent’s cancer with a supportive, lifelong camp community that recognizes and understands their unique needs.
To empower college students to make a difference and build invaluable leadership skills by developing and managing every aspect of their Camp Kesem chapter.
The Compassionate Friends is a self-help group for bereaved parents, grandparents and siblings. No matter how recently or how long ago you experienced your loss, no matter what the cause, no matter what the circumstances, we are here to give you a safe space to talk about your loved one, your grief, your anger, and whatever else is on your mind. We are parents and siblings who are here to provide friendship, understanding, and hope to those going through the natural grieving process. We understand the pain you are feeling as all our members have experienced the death of a child, grandchild, brother or sister. We offer hope and understanding at our meetings. At our meetings we share our experiences and have found that in doing so we do not feel so alone in our grief. What you share is up to you, there is no pressure, it is your choice. After sharing, we spend the rest of the meeting talking about any topic you might bring up. We encourage you to attend our meetings at least 2 or 3 times to see if they are helpful to you.