When the Hagermans sought to support organizations that provide services for families in crisis, Ele’s Place seemed like the perfect place to start. The Foundation gave one of its first grants to Ele’s Place in April 2015.
Ele’s Place is a healing center for grieving children and teens. When the foundation learned that 1 in 20 children under 18 will experience the death of a parent, equating to 4,500 children in Genesee County, they knew they had to get involved.
Ele’s place recently launched their 8-week school based program at Beecher High School where 74% of the students have experienced the death of a loved one. They are currently identifying additional school partners and recruiting volunteers to facilitate groups in their family-based support program, slated to begin fall 2015.
“We are extremely grateful to The Hagerman Foundation for their generous support, which is helping us provide support for grieving children, teens, and their families,” said Ele’s Place President & CEO, Laurie Baumer. “There are thousands of children and teens in the greater Flint community who are grieving alone. It is critical that they have access to the support they need.”
Since 1991, Ele’s Place has provided grief support services at no cost to children, teens, and families each week through its Lansing, Ann Arbor, and Grand Rapids branches. “We are grateful to be in partnership with Ele’s Place and excited to have them serving the children at Beecher High School and in the Flint community,” said Jocelyn Hagerman, CEO, The Hagerman Foundation.
Ele's Place is a healing center for grieving children and teens.
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