What is Michael’s Place?
Michael’s Place is a non-profit organization providing compassionate support and advocacy for grieving children, teens, adults and families. Our goals are to provide healing in a healthy manner for individuals and families following the death of a loved one, and to provide grief support programs and services to organizations such as schools and churches following the death of a community member.
What do you accomplish at Michael’s Place?
At Michael’s Place, it is our goal to reach out to grieving children, teens, adults and families and teach them healthy grieving. We do this through our weekly support groups, family meetings, educational workshops, school-based grief support programs, community training sessions for professional groups, clergy, first-responders, and much more. In 2009, Michael’s Place made a difference in the lives of those it serves by providing more than 32,000 hours of direct support to those who grieve – all at no cost.
How can I begin using the services of Michael's Place?
First, so that we can get to know you and understand your circumstances we ask that you complete a Michael’s Place Enrollment Form (link) and submit it to us by mail, fax, or email at the contact points listed below. We will promptly review your information and contact you to discuss all of our programs and services that may best help you. You will be welcomed without delay at any of our events, and also keep in mind that the Michael’s Place web site Resources (link) page contains volumes of useful information about grieving.
What does it cost to use Michael’s Place services?
Thanks to our many generous donors, sponsors and volunteers, Michael’s Place services are offered at no cost. We are grateful to the organizations, families, and individuals who contribute financial resources, supplies, time, and talent because they believe in the importance and effectiveness of our mission.
How does Michael’s Place help my family and friends through grief?
Statistics indicate that without sufficient support, grieving individuals are more likely to experience alcohol and substance use and abuse, school failure, relationship difficulties, suicidal tendencies, and depression. To address these issues for those suffering a loss, Michael’s Place has developed a system of support groups, events, activities, and resources that help to ease a grieving person though the journey of grief. One key to the success of Michael’s Place programs is that the person suffering loss learns that he or she is not alone. With this profound and comforting sense of community, healing begins.
How can I help a grieving friend?
Because every individual grieves differently, it is important for friends to keep eyes and ears open for opportunities to ease the mourning process. Simply providing company and the opportunity to discuss a friend’s loss can be very comforting. It is also important to remember that common daily activities can feel overwhelming to someone suffering a loss, so assisting with chores and errands can be especially helpful. And you can lead your friend to find the support offered by Michael’s Place. We often consult with friends of the bereaved to guide you through each unique situation, and we welcome and encourage friends to join in our weekly support groups to gather tools in the healing process.
Where is Michael’s Place?
The Michael’s Place office and Family Support Center are located in Traverse City, Michigan at 1055 Carriage Hill Drive, Suite 4, off Garfield Road near Hammond Road. Our weekly support groups meet at Immaculate Conception Elementary School at 218 Vine Street, off Division in Traverse City. We serve individuals and families from Grand Traverse County and throughout northern Michigan.
Why is it called Michael’s Place?
Michael’s Place is named in memory of Michael Dendrinos who died at the age of 14 and was the cousin of our founder. Chris Dennos founded Michael’s Place in December 2000 to provide hope and strength for grieving children, teens and families.
Why does Michael’s Place need donor support?
Michael’s Place is a non-profit organization and provides services to any interested individual, family, and organization at no cost. It is crucial that our grief support services be freely available to anyone regardless of economic status, as death does not discriminate. In order to continue our mission to provide complimentary grief support services, Michael’s Place relies heavily on grants, fundraising events and sponsors, underwriters and financial contributors, in-kind donations and volunteers. Without this generous support, Michael’s Place would be unable to offer its services on a no-cost basis. Visit our Volunteer/Giving Opportunities page (link) for more information about donor and volunteer support.
How can I help Michael’s Place?
If you or someone you know has been helped by Michael’s Place, consider returning the favor. No gift of time, talent or resources is too small to make a difference to us. Visit our Volunteer/Giving Opportunities page (link) for more information about donor and volunteer opportunities.