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Giving Tuesday

If you are into Giving Tuesday, might I please make a suggestion...

As always, our go-to charity to support is Ele's Place. It may not be overt, but children's (often silent) grief can tear them apart from the inside out. We were privileged to participate in programming at Ele Place's location in Lansing and now proudly support their work in Grand Rapids.

Interview with Grand Rapids's Program Director, Julie DeJong, LMSW

Julie DeJong, LMSW recounts what influenced her in becoming a social worker in this interview for National Social Work Month.

Q:  Where did you get your social work degree?

      I received a BSW from Hope College and an MSW from the University of Denver. I am a Licensed Master's Social Worker (LMSW) in Michigan.

Q:  Why did you choose to become a social worker?

Interview with Grand Rapids Family Service Coordinator, Karen Ketterer, LLMSW

     As part of National Social Work Month, Ele's Place Family Service Coordinator, Karen Ketterer, LLMSW, shared some of her experiences in the social work profession and gave insight into what it means to be a social worker.

Q:  Where did you receive your social work degree?

      I received a B.A. at Hope College and an MSW at Michigan State University

Q:  How long have you been a social worker?

October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month

Did you know that every year in the United States there are 26,000 stillbirths and 4,000 infants under the age of one that die unexpectedly (First Candle, 2016)? Until recently, the topic of pregnancy and infant loss has been a taboo in our society, but thanks to the efforts of groups such as Remembering Our Babies, the fight to recognize the reality of pregnancy and infant loss has been a great success (Remembering Our Babies, 2009).

Tom Merchant, Grand Rapids' Community Board Chair, works to help Ele's Place succeed.

With the Healing Hearts Society Fundraising Breakfast just a few weeks away, we thought we would ask our Board Chair and Emcee of the breakfast, Tom Merchant, some questions about his involvement with Ele’s Place.  Tom got involved with Ele’s Place about three years ago as our Grand Rapids location was just starting out.  Tom is involved in many community organizations, serving on the board of the Grand Rapids Art Museum and previously on the Boards of Gilda’s Club and Frederik Meijer Gardens.  Tom has always thought children’s grief is an important ca

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