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
Client Services Manager
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.
RN, Nurse Manager
The Lord has brought me to Immokalee Pregnancy Center at this time of my life. I have spent almost 50 years as an RN in the medical world doing nursing at the bedside in hospitals, in a head injury rehab facility, various management positions and several case management roles. My advanced certification is in rehab as a CRRN or Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurse since the 80’s. A long way from a 16 year old aide working in a nursing home. So many wonderful adventures with the Lord along the way. Lessons in provision, comfort in sadness, delirious happiness and an every growing closeness and relationship with Him. I look forward to seeing what the Lord has planned for me at IPC! To God be the glory!!
Hello, my name is Christina Forte. I started Immokalee Pregnancy Center in February of 2016. My job is to assist Diane Hanson with office chores. After working in a government job for 29 ½ years, I am very excited to be a part of this ministry and the Immokalee community outreach.
I also love the Lord and want to extend that love to people who seek help and guidance. The Immokalee Pregnancy Center is a safe and caring place that helps, just as in Isaiah:
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
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.