I know that God has called me to pregnancy ministry. This is my passion! I began what has become my life’s work at a pregnancy center in the upper peninsula of Michigan in 1985. Many of the clients came from Michigan Technological University which was just down the street from the office. I took the position of Executive Director in 1994 and served there for three more years. In April of 1997, Dave and I moved to Naples, Florida where I became the Executive Director of the Pregnancy Resource Center. After nine years at PRC, I thought I was retiring, but God had other plans.
In 2007 the Lord called me to reopen a pregnancy center that had been destroyed by hurricane Wilma in the community of Immokalee, Florida. The Immokalee Pregnancy Center opened its doors in August 2008. This is a very unique community with a population that is 70% Hispanic and 20% Haitian. The median income is $10,000. Over 30% of our clients consider Spanish, Creole or French their primary language. It has been a challenging and yet very rewarding journey developing this ministry in Immokalee. We are thankful for all the Lord has done… So many lives saved and changed!
Estefania (Stefy) Valencia
Hi my name is Estefania (Stefy) Valencia, Client Services Manager. I joined Immokalee Pregnancy Center in 2013 as a Bilingual Client Advocate.
I am so grateful that the Lord sent me here and I cannot wait to see what else He has in store for this ministry. This is just the beginning for Immokalee Pregnancy Center; God has even greater things in store.
Hey! My name is Emily (Emmi) Sepulveda, Administrative Assistant. I'm very grateful that I am able to work at Immokalee Pregnancy Center. Before I was hired, I volunteered many times at the center, and now I'm very grateful that I'm able to work at Immokalee Pregnancy Center. I love the bible verse Revelation 3:8 "I know all the things you do, and I have opened a door for you that no one can close. You have little strength, yet you obeyed my word and did not deny me." I believe that God has opened a door for me to be able to work in Immokalee Pregnancy Center.
Bilingual Client Advocate
Hello, my name is Jessica Sidney. I started working at Immokalee Pregnancy Center as a Bilingual Client Advocate in April of 2017. It has been such a joy to work with such wonderful staff members on a truly grand mission.
Working here is more than a job but an opportunity to better my community one person at a time. I am honored to be able to speak into the lives of the women and, God willing, to make change for the better. I was raised here, so Immokalee will always have a place in my heart. I'm just glad to be able to give back.
Virginia Massa, BSN, RN
My name is Virginia Massa. I have lived and worked in Lee and Collier counties since 1974. In my earlier years, Immokalee was "the shortcut to reach Alligator Alley" before I-75 was a reality. It has since become known to me as a vibrant community with varied cultures and many loving and hard-working people.
As a nurse who can't seem to stay retired, I have come back to a job that I love... I am proud to be a part of Immokalee Pregnancy Center and to serve the people whom we meet in and around Immokalee.