North Kent Community Services is a Christian organization in northern Kent County that helps our struggling neighbors with basic life needs and guides them to self-sufficiency. Donations and volunteer efforts make everything that we do possible. How may we help you?


Many families in Kent County are in need of support. Your donations can make a big difference in their lives.

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If you and your family need assistance, you've come to the right place. We will be happy to guide you to the resources you need.

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There's always a need for good workers. If you'd like to volunteer your time and talents, we'll put them to good use helping others.

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NKCS News & Notes

NKCS Open Seven Days a Week to Accept Donations

Did you know that North Kent Community Services was open seven days a week to accept your donations? We accept donations through the front door Monday - Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Donations are accepted through the south door:

Monday - Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Friday - Sunday: Hours vary, generally morning

Questions about what we accept? Click the link below or call Katie Hop at (616) 866-3478 ext. 103.

On the Web:
Donation Guide

Email Link:
Katie Hop

North Kent Community Services Welcomes Spring Donations

Did you see our Executive Director, Claire Guisfredi on Fox17 Morning News? She discussed our need for clothing donations in any condition, as well as the success of our new Thrive Empowerment Program. Click the link below to see the video and share it on your social media!

On the Web:
Interview on Fox 17

NKCS Helps Community Thrive

"The Thrive program consists of a cohort of women meeting weekly for six months to work toward their goals with the help of social worker Chérie Elahl. It’s funded through individual contributions garnered through community campaigns Elahl and Guisfredi have led."

Read more about Thrive, the empowerment program created by our wonderful Program Director, Chérie Elahl.

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Read More Here...

Poverty Persists Out in the Country - Out of Sight

“A lot of times the challenges are the same (in rural and urban areas), but the solutions are different... When you’re poor in rural America, you’re much more isolated.”

For instance, while many city dwellers can take public transportation to work, “in rural America, to hold down a job it’s pretty much a necessity you have a car,” she said. But having a car that runs -- or even owning one -- is a challenge for many families.

Read more about rural poverty in northern Kent county in this in-depth article by Charles Honey for the School News Network.

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Rural Poverty Demands Unique Solutions

NKCS E-Newsletter

Did you know that we send out two brief, informative e-newsletters every a month to both the community members and our clients? It's a great way to stay in touch with the happenings of NKCS. You can sign up for one or both of these e-newsletters by visiting our Newsletters page and completing the sign-up form.

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NKCS Newsletters