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Employment and Volunteer Opportunities

We’re always looking for couples and families that feel called to be house parents at our maternity home. Becoming a houseparent is a tangible way to serve right here in the West Michigan area, creating relationships and growing alongside the moms and babies that live in our maternity home. We’re also always looking for those who may be interested in providing respite care within the home while our house parents are away. For more information on both, see below. 

Fill-In House Parents!(Respite Care)

  • What is respite care? Respite care is needed when our house parents have time off or coverage is needed at the house. You could volunteer to stay for a weekend or a couple hours in the evening, whatever you’re willing. 
  • We’re always looking for volunteers, individuals or families, to join in supporting these women in the maternity home while our house parents are away. 

For more information, reach out to Rochell through email or phone.

House Parents Opening in July!

  • House Parent Apartment Separate from the Maternity Home
  • Salary
  • YMCA Membership
  • A 1 Year Commitment
  • Opportunity to Serve the Lord as Missionaries in West Michigan

For more information, reach out to Rochell through email or phone.

Ardy Barens

Media Coordinator

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.

Holly Placzek

Prayer Coordinator

Hi I’m Holly Placzek, the Prayer Coordinator for the FLC…I’ve been in this role for roughly 2 yrs now but I’ve been a volunteer{child care/transportation} and financial supporter for over 8 yrs…when I’m not meeting with the staff or prayer team to pray for the ministry, I’m being a wife to Drew and mom to Emma, Gabe, Mia, and Lena…I also work at a popular grocery store in Kentwood. My hobbies are jewelry making, antiquing/thrifting, and flower gardening.

Teresa Urivez

House Manager

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 & Julie Davison

House Parents

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 Prahl

Executive Director

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.