We provide a safe haven and a loving family atmosphere to help prepare for the future. Whether adopting or parenting, we will be there every step of the way. For more information about our program please click here.
The mission of the Family LIFE Center is to demonstrate Christ’s love to young women experiencing unplanned pregnancies by equipping them for the challenges of Life.
Our housing program accommodates pregnant women. If you have other children we have resources to help you, please talk to us about this. The staff and board of the Family LIFE Center work in cooperation with supporting churches and designated community volunteers to provide a safe, caring, home environment with specific opportunities for social, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual growth.
Click here for more details about becoming a resident at the home or click here if you would like to know more about partnering with us as a ministry volunteer.
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Thank you for your interest in our program. Below you will find all the information necessary to apply for residency. Please note that our entire application process is online.
The admission application process is broken into four simple steps. There are two forms (steps 1&2) below that need to be filled out and submitted to complete the application for residency. For each of the below forms you will receive an email confirmation once that step has been submitted. Please fill out each form as accurately and completely as possible or you may be asked to go back and fill in the missing information. You may go back and edit your responses using the link provided in your email confirmation so please keep your confirmation emails.
This is where you will come out to tour the house and meet the rest of the house family. We will discuss any additional questions that you’ve had since the first interview and we will do the same. Of course we want to see you grow spiritually, but we also want to help you realize your dreams and goals for life. If you are willing to commit to the program, we will do everything in our power to help you get where you want to go. At the end of the second interview, we will discuss as a team just like you will discuss with your family, friends and loved ones if this is the next step in the beginning of a new chapter in life. If we both agree to move forward then we will setup a move in date and welcome you officialy to the Family LIFE Center!
1)How long does the interview process take?
We do a series of two interviews. Depending on how long it takes to get the paperwork returned to us, we can process everything in 5-10 days.
2)How long can I stay after the baby is born?
Both moms who choose adoption and moms who choose parenting can stay up to 7 months after the birth of her baby.
3)How many people can live at the maternity home?
We have the capacity for four moms.
4) How much does it cost to live at the Family Life Center?
Our moms earn their stay by committing to volunteer, work, or attend school 20 hours per week.
5) How will I get to my appointments?
We provide transportation to and from appointments.
6) I don’t have any baby items, do you help with that?
Yes, we have a boutique with baby items, you will be able to go shopping at the boutique to prepare for your baby’s arrival.
7) Can I have people visit me while living at the maternity home?
Absolutely! We do ask that visits are scheduled ahead of time.
8) I need help with finding an OB/GYN, what can I do?
We can help walk you through that process! We are blessed to be in the center of 7 hospitals! We can help you find a Dr. that is just right for you!
9) What should I bring?
You may bring clothing and personal hygiene items. You do not have to have these things, we can help you get to them. We will store 2 totes of your additional personal items.
10) Who will provide transportation and child care?
The program has over 40 volunteers available to help you. They will provide transportation, child care, teach life skill classes and mentor you through your time with us. You will be a given a list of the volunteers and phone numbers to contact to help you. We will assign a mentor to walk beside you.
I started volunteering at the Family Life Center March 2017. I had responded to a request in our church bulletin for someone to hold a 5 week old baby for 3 hours 1 day a week. That sounded like a great thing to do (and easy). I fell in love with the 2 babies at the house and the 3 girls. Since I was already spending 3 hours at the house every Wednesday, starting the summer of 2017, I was asked to give the house mother respite for the whole day. This was a bit more of a challenge but I decided I would like to do that and have continued.
About 1 ½ years ago I became the Volunteer Coordinator. I love doing this because I get to have contact with awesome volunteers who give their time and skills to help the young mothers.
I took a few months off in 2018 from being the Volunteer Coordinator and then jumped back in. I am currently working on digitizing (I am not a big fan of paper) the volunteer information. I am also trying to update the information we have on file and add new volunteers.
My time at the Family Life Center has enriched my life immensely. I have met girls from all walks of life and learned much about how young women are able to overcome the rough starts they have had in life and make a new start as a single mother. Each woman is unique and special. They hold a special place in my heart as well as the volunteers.
I am a registered nurse with a strong background in maternal-child nursing. I have been a nurse for 42 years and a nursing faculty teaching obstetrical nursing for 35 of those years. Many times, I was also employed as a staff nurse in a hospital during the summer. I worked as a labor and delivery nurse, a nurse caring for postpartum patients and newborn patients and as a nurse in the newborn intensive care. I recently retired from my faculty position. I became interested in the Family Life Center because of the maternity population they serve and the Christian foundation of the organization. I hope to work as an advocate for the women at the Family Life Center as they move through a sometimes confusing health care system, assist in teaching them self – care and care of their newborn, and assist staff with any health care questions. I appreciate the opportunity God has given me to serve at the Family Life Center.
Teresa’s life was radically transformed through salvation in 2000. Since then she has had the privilege of serving God through mentoring women from all walks of life. She is married with 4 children and 15 grandchildren. She serves at her church through prayer ministry and as a Freedom Group facilitator. Teresa is excited to walk side by side with Family LIFE Center bringing mothers from brokenness to purpose!
Jacey and Julie are excited to serve as houseparents at the Family Life Center. They have been married since 2019 and are currently expecting their first child! Jacey moved to Michigan from Vancouver, Canada in 2018 to attend Puritan Reformed Seminary, and is currently serving as a pastoral intern at Grace Fellowship OPC, a new church plant in Zeeland. Julie was raised in West Michgan, has interned at the Vision of Hope residential treatment center in Lafayette, Indiana, and has a passion for biblical counselling. They enjoy hiking, travelling, playing board games, and spending time in good conversation. They are delighted to be able to use their gifts and follow their passions while serving the women at the Family Life Center.
Rochell has served the Lord through the Family LIFE Center (FLC) maternity home since 2007. She has been a volunteer, housemother, and Executive Director at the FLC. Rochell moved to Michigan in 1998, attended Calvin College, and met her husband at Calvary Church in Grand Rapids. She has been married since 2001 and enjoys serving the Lord with her husband and their 4 children.