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Volunteer Coordinator

Volunteer Coordinator

Ardy Berens

Ardy Berens

Volunteer Coordinator

vc@familylifecenterhome.org

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.