Flatrock development manager says job leaves him ‘spiritually fulfilled’

As the famous saying goes, “If you love your job, you’ll never work a day in your life.”

Charles Zimmer, who works as development manager at Flatrock, is a living example of that saying.


“I love working for Flatrock,” he said. “There is no higher calling than to be of service to someone else.”


Zimmer loves Flatrock so much, that after he left work to take care of his wife during a health crisis, he came back a second time. And this time, his role has expanded, serving in a supervisory role that oversees all care home managers and mentoring staff to develop their skills.

His backstory is a unique one, as he made the decision to leave a successful career as a plumber in another state to move to Michigan and begin a career as a social worker, which was a less lucrative but more fulfilling career to Zimmer.

“I wanted to help people instead of doing plumbing,” Zimmer said. “I first came here to Flatrock as a Direct Care Worker, which is an entry-level position. I then moved up to be a Direct Care Worker Lead, and then a manager for two and a half years, leading the team at Flatrock of Fenton.” Zimmer added that he soon became a sort of roving training manager, taking the lessons he had learned at Fenton and applying them to the rest of Flatrock’s homes.


After his time away from Flatrock, he reached out about returning, and was offered his current role as Development Manager — putting him in charge of all of Flatrock’s care homes.


“I look at myself as a mentor to all staff. I go out and make sure that we’re enforcing protocol, make sure that everyone understands their role and that they have support,” Zimmer said. “From trainers to leads to DCW, they all fall under my care. I see myself as a coach.”

Zimmer said that his desire to return to Flatrock was never in doubt, as caring for the Flatrock residents is much more than just a job to him.

“I came back because I love Flatrock. It’s a great place to work and I love to take care of people,” Zimmer said. “I’ve never felt as spiritually fulfilled at anything I’ve ever done work-related in my life.”