- 5:30 - 9 p.m. weekly (Mon. or Thurs.) for at least one school year
- 19+; pass three background checks
- Northeast Side
Is This the Right Fit for Me?
You understand that no one “gets over” grief, but they can be learn to cope with their loss. You can meet and accept individuals where they are. You like the idea of getting to know the kids well and following their journey while they’re in the group. You don’t need to have experience in counseling, therapy, or social work; it’s really about your ability to be a genuinely active and compassionate listener. You enjoy working with kids and seeing them grow.
About Ele's Place
Ele's Place is dedicated to creating awareness of and providing support for grieving children and their families. Through peer support group programs, Ele’s Place helps children cope with the death of a parent, sibling, or other close family member or friend. Ele's Place recognizes that children's grief is unique and that unaddressed grief can have a negative impact on children’s health and well-being. Death crosses all religious, cultural, and economic boundaries. Ele's Place helps all grieving children and their families cope with their loss by providing support from peers, professionals, and trained volunteers. As a result, the children learn to accept the tremendous changes they are experiencing, and thus continue their lives with hope and confidence. All of Ele’s Place services are provided free of charge to ensure that all families, regardless of financial means, are able to participate and benefit from their services
What Others are Saying
"I like that Ele's Place recognizes that even very young children grieve, and each member of the family is given a group to find support. It is a privilege to be allowed into people's lives at such a vulnerable time. Every week that I can create a safe space for the kids to support each other is a success. Staff and other facilitators provide constant feedback and support that makes you feel part of a positive, productive community. Contrary to many people's perception of a grief support group, there are not incessant tears. Ele's Place has a lot of laughter and play. It is a wonderful place to volunteer if you enjoy children. You are not responsible for having answers or fixing someone's life. You are asked only to walk along side someone and create a safe, respectful space for people to support and relate to each other. Volunteering at Ele's Place has been the most rewarding experience of any in my life. Ele's Place is a transparent organization with integrity. I am proud to be a part of Ele's Place."Kimberly
Contact the Organization
If you’re ready to ask some questions and get started, contact the Ele's Place directly.
What to Expect
Submit an application, and Michaela will reach out to you with more information. She’ll answer your questions, explain the training process, and add you to the next training. You’ll meet with Ele’s Place staff for a pre-training interview, which is a chance to share your story and talk through potential scenarios a facilitator may experience. The training (typically in summer and winter) is 23 hours and takes place on two Saturdays and two weeknights. The training provides a framework for grief and loss, discusses the developmental stages of children, stresses the importance of empathic listening, and provides instruction regarding how to be an effective facilitator. As a new facilitator, you’ll be partnered with one or more seasoned facilitators.