FLINT — Ele’s Place, a healing center for grieving children and teens, used its annual Healing Hearts Society Fundraising Breakfast on Nov. 1 to share its mission and impactful healing stories with the Flint area community.
More than 250 caring community members attended the breakfast at the Genesys Banquet and Conference Center to raise more than $130,000 in support of Ele’s Place’s mission of healing grieving families. This year’s breakfast was generously underwritten by the Hagerman Foundation, so 100 percent of the donations went to support local children and teens.
“The unparalleled support Ele’s Place receives stems directly from the community around us, the same community our families come from,” said Amy Krug, director of Ele’s Place Flint. “Everyone – volunteers, donors and families and community partners alike – we appreciate you, and this Healing Hearts Breakfast is a special time to recognize that.”
Attendees enjoyed a light breakfast while listening to inspirational stories from Ele’s Place board members, staff and families who have utilized Ele’s Place services. The families supported by Ele’s Place courageously speak of their families’ trials with the death of loved ones.
“Grief is a unique process for everyone, but it often stirs all-too-relatable frustrations and mixed feelings. This is a place that has touched us all at some point in our lives after a person we cared for has died,” Krug explained. “That’s why Ele’s Place provides support, resources and programming for grieving children, teens and their families at no charge. We’re only able to accomplish such a feat thanks to the community, and at every community’s heart is its people.”
Committed community members make up the Healing Hearts Society whose members make a monetary pledge of $1,000 or more annually for five years. This allows Ele’s Place to better map resources, serve more children and extend resources.
“Ele’s Place is committed to supporting grieving children, teens and families at no charge,” said Dan Layman, president and CEO of Ele’s Place. “We recognize grief is unique to each person, and it causes adverse effects to health and well-being if left unaddressed. As sad as death is, it’s a universal source of frustration and mixed emotions, and we see the difference having a place to heal has on our families that join us.”
Ele’s Place has supported more than 140 families through onsite programming and an additional 253 grieving students through school-based programming. For more information, please contact 517-482-1315 or visit elesplace.org. — G.G.