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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.

North Kent Connect Hosts Poverty Education Workshop

‘Poverty’ is a term well recognized and used by many to describe a certain area or someone’s living situation. However, its effects are often overlooked by those who haven’t truly experienced poverty. North Kent Connect, a local nonprofit committed to improving the lives of all people in northern Kent County, is hosting a hands-on workshop for the entire community to provide insights on what living in poverty feels like.

The poverty simulation, “Living on the Edge,” allows individuals to role play the lives of low-income families living in poverty. Participants will be challenged with paying bills, maintaining housing, and caring for their families, while encountering unexpected situations in a staged community consisting of interactive stores and agencies.

“It is really important to educate others on the barriers faced by those in poverty, and what can be done to combat these issues,” said Claire Guisfredi, Executive Director of North Kent Connect. “We look forward to engaging our community in the simulation and gathering participants’ unique feedback on what they experienced.”

The simulation, presented by Access of West Michigan, will take place Thursday, Sept. 13 from 2:00 p.m. – 4:40 p.m. at Bella Vista Church, located at 5100 Belding Rd. NE, Rockford, MI 49341. Please register with Erin Niece at erin.niece@nkconnect.org or call (616) 866-3478. There is a registration fee of $35, and checks must be made payable to North Kent Connect prior to the event.

Announcing Our Upcoming Fundraiser

North Kent Connect is excited to announce this year’s theme for its annual fundraiser: “North Kent Pastors’ Feud,” a game show in the style of Family Feud. The event takes place on Thursday, October 4 at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. Grazing stations with hearty appetizers and hors d’oeuvres will start at 6:00 p.m. with the program beginning at 7:00 p.m.

Teams made up of pastors, Rotarians, and Lions Club members battle against each other by naming the most popular answer to various survey questions, often to hilarious results.

Table sponsorships are now on sale and going quickly. Single tickets, if available, will go on sale Tuesday, September 4. Learn more by visiting our North Kent Pastors' Feud event website.

Proceeds from North Kent Pastors’ Feud will benefit the food and educational programs of North Kent Connect, a resource center serving northern Kent County.


Healthy Food Policy

Fresh vegetables When you walk into The Market (formerly the Food Pantry) you won’t see shelves of macaroni and cheese, Pop-Tarts, Fruit Loops, and Ramen noodles. Instead you’ll see a counter of fresh produce and shelves of whole grain pasta, dried beans, and low-sugar cereals.

Learn more about the Healthy Food Policy by visiting our Healthy Food Initiatives page and help us fill our Market with fresh, nutritious food by hosting a food drive.

Learn about the Mission and Vision of North Kent Connect


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How You Can Help

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Apply for MI Bridges with Us

Client meets with NKC Case ManagerWe are happy to announce that we are now able to assist our clients with applying for MI Bridges. Meet with our MI Bridges Navigator to apply today.

Using MI Bridges You Can:

  • Apply for benefits using a simplified and easy to understand application
  • Explore resources and save them to your MI Bridges profile
  • Easily view detailed benefit information or letters sent from MDHHS
  • View verifications requested by MDHHS and upload documents to your case
  • Report changes about your case or renew your benefits
  • Use MI Bridges in English, Spanish, or Arabic from your phone or computer

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 5:30 p.m.

Donations are accepted through the south door:
Monday - Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 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.

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North Kent Connect

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

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

North Kent Connect Store Public Hours:
Tuesday and Friday
9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Saturday
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

West Michigan Works! Hours:
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Closed 12:00-1:00 p.m. for lunch

Hablamos español:
Para servicios en español por favor contacte
Nicole Rodriguez, Administrada de Casos
616-866-3478 ext. 343 o Erin Niece,
Especialista Administrativo 616-866-3478 ext. 346