Michael's Place - Let the Healing Begin

Michael's Place Helpers

Spotlight on Volunteers

Meet our Volunteers

We have many wonderful volunteers who give their time. Below we feature some of our helpers who help us on our grief journeys. Stay tuned as we continue adding to our volunteer introductions!


Elizabeth has been involved with Michael’s Place for three years. At first she helped with art projects, then completed an internship for her Master’s Degree in Counseling through WMU - she graduated in May! Now Elizabeth works as our Special Projects Coordinator, and co-facilitates our Survivors of Suicide group on Monday nights. She says she has stayed with Michael’s Place “because of the richness the people I have met bring to my life.” Elizabeth grew up in Traverse City, received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Alma, and has been employed by TCAPS for 10 years teaching English as a second language. She has two children: Paul is in pharmacy school at Ferris, and Maggie, a 6th grader who also helps with Michael’s Place activities.

Annette Goodyear
A graduate student at Western Michigan University working on her Masters Degree in Counseling and LPC (Licensed Professional Counselor) license, Annette works as a case manager at the Goodwill Inn. "I love my job because I love watching people prosper from new knowledge." She co-facilitates the Michael's Place Survivors of Suicide support group on Monday nights. When her grandfather and mother died, Annette didn’t get much support. She discovered that she needed a place like Michael’s Place to turn to for support.

Adam Smith
Adam wants you to know that first and foremost, he is a kid stuck in an adult’s body (he’s really 26 years old). He’s in the social work program
at Ferris State University and loves to ride BMX freestyle (bikes) and skateboard. Adam also enjoys yo-yos, photography, hiking, backpacking, kayaking and locomotives.He plays in a punk-rock band in his spare time, is engaged to a lovely young lady named Tasha, and says he’s “up for just about anything!” Adam co-facilititates the teen group on Monday nights.