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1055 Carriage Hill Drive
Traverse City, MI 49686
fax: (231) 947-7114
Located in Traverse City, Michigan, Michael's Place serves grieving children, teens, adults and families throughout northern Michigan with innovative and compassionate support programs designed to ease the impact of loss.
M. Christine Dennos
Founder and President
Martha "Marti" Johnson
Michael’s Place offers support and advocacy for grieving children, teens, and families, and raises community awareness on grief issues.
Michael’s Place began in 2001 working with grieving children, teens, and families following the death of a loved one. Michael’s Place welcomes families of all backgrounds. Each week families come together to share stories and experiences and find comfort and strength with others who understand.
Michael’s Place services are free to all families and individuals. In addition to our weekly support groups held on Monday
evenings, Michael’s Place services include Make A Memory and other healing programs in our Family Support Center, family
meetings, educational workshops, school-based grief support programs and services, emergency personnel trainings, community trainings, and more.
Our new program, Robin’s Nest, helps ease the burden of grief for both the child and the parent. Through planned mentored activities, Robin’s Nest brings the joy back to the grieving child and gives parents the peace of knowing their children are beginning to heal. Robin’s Nest has provided many “best day” events including meeting the Blue Angels and Red Wings, judging a classic car show with Hagerty, swimming and horseback riding at Charity Hill Ranch, and running through the corn maze at Gallagher’s Farm Market. In 2009, Michael’s Place provided over 41,000 hours of direct service to those grieving in our community.
Death does not discriminate, but instead crosses all boundaries. Without appropriate support, statistics show that those who are grieving are more likely to turn to unhealthy behaviors. Without support, an increase is evident in school dropouts, drug and alcohol use and abuse, and depression. The goals of Michael’s Place are to provide healing in a healthy manner for grieving individuals and families and hope for their future.
Volunteers are the key to the success of Michael’s Place and are needed as support group facilitators, mentors, office assistants, board and committee members, and special events aides. Experience is not necessary as Michael’s Place trains all volunteers.
1055 Carriage Hill Drive, Suite 4
Traverse City, MI 49686
(231) 947-6453 P
(231) 947-7114 F
As a local organization, all of the financial gifts received by Michael’s Place will directly serve our community. Michael’s Place accepts gifts through check, credit card, stock transfer, and more. Gifts can be given in remembrance or in honor of a loved one and as a sponsorship of a special event, a memorial, or a grant through a foundation or trust.
Michael’s Place hosts a Night at the Movies in May and a Vineyard Party in September. In December, Michael’s Place presents an annual holiday appeal. Private parties are hosted throughout the year to benefit Michael’s Place.
As many families are financially burdened following the death of their loved ones, Michael’s Place is committed to remaining a no-cost organization. Gifts of time and money, small or large, are needed in order to continue to provide a quality program to the individuals who seek our assistance. Please help support the many grieving children, teens, and families on their journey of healing!