Welcome to North Kent Connect

Vision: A community of thriving people.

Mission: North Kent Connect is a Christian organization committed to improving the lives of all people in northern Kent County by providing access to basic needs and promoting economic independence.

Welcome to North Kent Connect!

North Kent Connect is in the business of connecting people to the resources they need, including a store that is opening soon! It’s also one of the reasons its name is changing to North Kent Connect.

“People had difficulty remembering the name North Kent Community Services since it was so long,” explained Claire Guisfredi, Executive Director at North Kent Connect. “We needed something shorter that describes what we do. North Kent Connect does that.”

North Kent Connect connects people to the resources they need–anything from food to job training to fellowship–to help residents in northern Kent County meet basic needs and work towards economic independence.

In order to help even more people in the community, they are opening North Kent Connect Store on Friday, August 4. Anyone can shop there for high-quality, gently-used clothing and household goods at affordable prices. It will be located at 10075 Northland Drive NE. Every purchase will help local families better their lives through North Kent’s empowerment programs.
However, the store has a unique buying proposition. Not only can items be purchased at affordable prices, North Kent Connect clients can also receive store credit by volunteering in the community or taking classes. The organizations' V.I.P. plan for clients supports the initiative of three-ways-to-pay: Volunteer, Invest or Purchase.
Guisfredi said, “Financial struggles can be a very humbling experience. Shopping at North Kent Connect Store serves as a reminder that everyone has something to offer. It gives our clients dignity knowing that they can give back in some way–through volunteering, investing in themselves (by taking a class), or purchasing items. The North Kent Connect Store is an exciting opportunity for us. It will help the community become aware of all that we offer here. Also, the store will offer job skills training for special needs young adults.”
North Kent Connect Store will be open to the public (beginning August 4) on Tuesday and Friday from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  Clients only can shop Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. 

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North Kent Pastors Square Off - October 26

North Kent Pastors Square Off, a game show in the style of Hollywood Squares, is just a month away! Single tickets go on sale Monday, October 2. 

Join 600 people for a evening of hilarious bantering and comic relief. You do not want to miss out on seeing this one-of-a-kind game show! Proceeds from North Kent Pastors Square Off will benefit the food and educational programs of North Kent Connect.

For more information, contact Katie Hop at 616.884.4353 or katie.hop@nkconnect.org. For event details, visit http://www.NorthKentEvent.org

We are Hiring!

North Kent Connect is expanding its team! We are looking for a full-time Admin Specialist Apply by clicking the link below. 

Apply Online - Admin Specialist

Donation Hours

Did you know that North Kent Connect accepts clothing in any condition? The unusable clothing is sold for rags; proceeds are used to buy needed food items such as milk and eggs. The wire and metal are recycled. We are committed to keeping items out of the landfill. NKC is green! 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 - Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Sunday, no donations accepted 

Questions about what we accept? Review our donation guide or call Katie Hop at (616) 866-3478 ext. 353.

Learn about the Mission and Vision of North Kent Connect

FREE Hands-On Home Repair Classes at NKC

Home Repair Services of Kent County is partnering with North Kent Connect to offer a series of free classes that are available to ANYONE in our community.

The next class, which focuses on Weatherization and Home Maintenance, is Thursday, October 12, at 10:00 a.m. This class is available to the entire community, but current NKC clients who attend will earn $20 in store credit as part of the VIP Plan.

RSVP to North Kent Connect as soon as possible by calling 616.866.3478 and speaking with one of our case managers.

Senior Pantry Schedule Changes

Starting in April, the senior pantry at North Kent Connect will be open the THIRD Thursday of each month. The new hours will be 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. If you received a pantry schedule for 2017 in January, please disregard it. This is the new schedule for 2017:
October 19, 2017
November 16, 2017
December 21, 2017

New Client Hours

Community Connections staff are available to check in and assist with shopping on: 

Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday
8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. 

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North Kent Connect

10075 Northland Drive NE
Rockford, MI 49341 Map
Phone: 616-866-3478

Community Connections Hours: 
Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday
8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. 

North Kent Connect Store Public Hours:
Tuesday and Friday
10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. 
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.