Preferred Employment & Living Supports

High-quality care, training, and opportunities for people with disabilities, mental illness, and other life challenges.

What We Do


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We help clients develop individual abilities and teamwork skills that help them become assets to employers in Ottawa and Muskegon counties. Then we match the right workers with the right skills to the right employers. We also offer fulfilling jobs to area residents that find meaning in working with our clients.

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Our hands-on Empowerment Program is designed for individuals with varying degrees of need and delivered in an environment that respects and honors diversity and promotes community access and inclusion.

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PELS works with a variety of professionals and community mental health providers to develop individualized plans that help support recipients build the skills and confidence that lead to independence and success.

From Our Clients

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“My son has made such amazing strides, not only in terms of employment but in terms of social skills, thanks to the wonderful people at Preferred! [He] continues to grow and learn, knowing that he CAN be a productive member of society."


"Our family has been blessed by PELS. It offers our brother a safe, structured, yet flexible environment for him to grow and learn new skills. We appreciate the frequent communication and ease in which we can work with the staff. This has been one of the most fun, encouraging and trusting environments for our brother, which is why he never wants to miss a day going to work at PELS."


"We are very pleased with this program, the support Todd gets and the involvement we have as parents. Todd's program is varied daily which is great for Todd so he doesn't get bored. He is excited to go to 'work' which is great for us. We are PALS of PELS."

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Come Work With Us

As our clients grow in number, so too does the need for skilled and caring employees to help foster their success. There are almost always jobs available to fill. They include:

Flexible, Part-time Jobs Suitable for Moms or Seniors

These are community living support specialist positions that are geared to work either with groups or one-on-one

Professional or Pre-professional Nursing or Caregiver jobs

for those desiring a career working with the disabled.

Employment Training Specialists

to help prepare and support our clients for their own world of work.

PELS employees tell us they feel appreciated and recognized for a job well done. They often go home feeling fulfilled after having improved someone’s well-being or contributed to our community. Check us out if you think you’d fit in here. We’d love to have you come join us!

Our Mission

To empower individuals faced with employment and life barriers to live higher quality and more independent lives through customized, relationship-based, and goal-centered supports.

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About PELS

Preferred Employment & Living Supports (PELS) provides high-quality care, training and opportunities for people with disabilities, mental illness and other life challenges. Founded in 2013 by a team of experienced professionals, we have built all of our culture and services around successful client outcomes—from finding fulfilling jobs and being part of community to living independently and overcoming barriers. 

We are are CARF-accredited and partner with many of Western Michigan’s leading health care, mental health and human services agencies. Our affiliations with key organizations also provide us access to interpreters and sign language specialists. We also work with many of the region’s employers and nonprofit organizations to help provide them with trained, reliable and valuable employees.

For more information about our client services or how you can work or partner with PELS (or hire one of our clients), please contact us or call 231-747-8650.