Ele’s Place in GR seeks volunteers to help kids heal

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n undated courtesy photo of volunteers helping children at Ele's Place. (Ele's Place)


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A place dedicating to helping our youngest through the grief process is looking for volunteers.

The people behind Ele’s Place describe it as a healing center for grieving children and teens.

The organization has four locations in Michigan: Lansing, Ann Arbor, Flint and Grand Rapids. The Grand Rapids office is at 2000 Michigan Street NE.

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An undated courtesy photo of a volunteer helping children at Ele’s Place. (Ele’s Place)

Julie DeJong, the program director at Ele’s Place Grand Rapids, says the volunteers they are looking for are compassionate, dedicated and enjoy working with kids. They want people willing to volunteer 2-4 hours a week for a year.

Ele’s Place will hold a three-hour workshop in December to train volunteers in serving as a greeter, kitchen assistant or activity room helper.

In January, they’ll be looking for people to train for 23 hours who will then be able to help with peer-to-peer support groups and other activities.

Families interested in Ele’s Place’s support programs are encouraged to call 616.301.1605 or visit the organization’s website.