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Ele's Place provides a space for support and council for grieving children

This week's episode of NPO Showcase features Ele's Place who offer peer groups and council to children who have experienced the loss of a loved one

About NPO Showcase

NPO Showcase highlights nonprofit and government organizations and the work that they're doing in our community. The program is a feature of GRTV, a service of the Community Media Center, with producer and host Adrian Hirsch. You can catch it on GRTV on Saturdays at 8 AM and 6 PM and can view past episodes on Grand Rapids Community Media Center website. If your nonprofit would like to be interviewed on NPO Showcase, please contact Adrian Hirsch.

Nicole Rodammer & Julie DeJong on NPO Showcase

Nicole Rodammer & Julie DeJong on NPO Showcase /GRTV

In this week’s segment of GRTV’s NPO Showcase, Nicole Rodammer and Julie DeJong from Ele's Place share how the organization helps support grieving children who have experienced a loss of a loved one. They provide a space for support groups where peers who have experienced similar losses can meet and have a judgement-free forum to help overcome their grief. 

Without proper coping mechanisms, youth who have experienced the trauma of losing a family member or friend may experience depression, substance abuse, and other social, emotional and health issues as a result. Ele's Place works to mitigate the damage from the strain put on children from these experiences. In addition to providing a space for children, Ele's Place offers training and support for school staff so they can better identify students experiencing grief and can assist with crisis response in the school setting, such as the loss of a classmate. They also offer materials and trainings within the community for others looking for a greater understanding of the needs of grieving children and can provide clinical support and referrals for children in need of further assistance.

Ele's Place offers a number of ways for the community to get involved including financial support, volunteer opportunities, and the donation of items on their wish list

Check back next Wednesday for a new segment of GRTV’s NPO Showcase, featuring the Revive & Thrive Project

NPO Showcase is just one of the many ways that the Community Media Center serves the nonprofit community. For information about this and other CMC services for nonprofits, or to schedule a future interview, contact Nonprofit Outreach Coordinator, Adrian Hirsch, at 616-459-4788 x105 or email [email protected].

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