Official updates, press coverage and media requests for North Kent Connect

  • NKC Closed for 4th of July
    The Fourth of July is almost here, and we want all of you and our staff to have a great holiday weekend. We will be closed July 2nd and 4th.
  • West Michigan Works! is Open
    We are excited to announce that West Michigan Works! is open again at North Kent Connect. West Michigan Works! offers one-on-one career coaching services to help with interview preparation, resume building, job searches, and filing […]
  • KDL Gives Back: Pantry Staples for North Kent Connect
    During the month of June donate shelf stable food and personal hygiene items at any KDL branch during open hours to support the mission of North Kent Connect. What We Need: Personal CareLaundry DetergentCleaning suppliesMen’s/ […]
  • New Client Services Hours
    We’re Here For You We know it’s hard making ends meet in this economy with the staggering cost of rent, mortgage, utilities, food, and gas, so we’re raising our income limit to allow households up to […]
  • NKC Financial Workshops
  • 2022 Spring Newsletter
    Sam’s Story Sam and his sons are enjoying their favorite dinner – eggs, toast, and berries. “Good stuff, buddy?” Sam asks. His youngest, Adam, nods with a mouthful of toast. Adam’s big brother, Josh, salutes […]
  • Step2 Budgeting Class – Thurs, March 31
  • Congratulations, Claire!
    Claire Guisfredi became the executive director of North Kent Connect (NKC) in January 2013 (then known as North Kent Community Services). At the time, there were five employees and a $400,000 annual budget. It is now the […]
  • YMCA + NKC: Cook, Learn, Grow!
    Free Cooking Series for Families! This six week course is designed to introduce families to healthy eating and safe cooking. FREE meal and FREE groceries Healthy snack and beverage choices Learn the importance of whole […]
  • Welcome To The Pantry
    Free to all qualified clients once per month, the NKC Pantry offers a choice of fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, dairy, and personal care items. Open Monday and Wednesday from 9-3, and Thursday from 10-5.
  • New Family Promise Day Center
    In partnership with local congregations, Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN) North Kent provides temporary basic needs to homeless children and their families while awaiting permanent housing. The families are hosted overnight in churches throughout northern Kent […]
  • Outpatent Therapy Available Through Arbor Circle
  • We’re Growing and Hiring!
    We have two positions open at NKC… Program Assistant, 20 hours per week The Program Assistant will support the Food Programs Manager with the operation and maintenance of the NKC Farm Stand and Pantry, seasonal […]
  • Now accepting donations 5 days a week
    We appreciate your donations of gently-used housewares and clothing. Something you once treasured will become someone else’s latest find, so thank you! NEW EXTENDED DONATION HOURS: Houseware and Clothing Donations (south side) Monday through Thursday, 8 […]
    ROCKFORD, Mich., May 12, 2021. North Kent Connect (NKC) has even more services to offer the community since completing its expansion in March 2021. Thanks to generous local businesses, organizations, and individuals, the campaign reached […]
  • Farm Stand Reopens
    The Farm Stand is open again, with even more fresh, locally-grown fruits, vegetables, and cottage products. Located just inside the NKC Thrift Store, there are still two price points available (retail and discounted) to make […]
  • We’re hiring: Sales Associate
    The Thrift Store at North Kent Connect sells high-quality clothing and housewares at very affordable prices. All proceeds from the sale of items at the store go back into our programming and services to help […]
  • Need help paying for propane or other utilities?
    If you, or someone you know, need help paying for propane, please let us know. Even in springtime there are many homeowners in northern Kent County struggling to pay for propane. We may be able […]
  • Meet Scott Christie
    Meet Scott Christie, Director of Donor Engagement at North Kent Connect. He works with churches, schools, individuals, and businesses that want to be involved with the mission of NKC. Some of you may recognize him […]
  • Even this year, we are joyful
    YOU have been a bright spot for us every day in 2020. Your gifts have helped many families with food, utilities, and rental assistance. Thank you! As we enter 2021, we know there will be […]
  • Cedar Springs Rotary Club donates $1,000 to North Kent Connect
    In mid-November, the Cedar Springs Rotary Club President Stacy Helsel presented North Kent Connect’s (NKC) Executive Director, Claire Guisfredi with a check for $1,000 for the capital building campaign… Read “Cedar Springs Rotary supports North […]
  • Meijer holiday partnership featured by WOTV4Women’s ‘Maranda’
    (Read “North Kent Connect partners with Meijer to provide resources for families in need” (Dec. 15, 2020) on
  • NKC Closed for Client Christmas Store Tuesday, Dec. 15
    Please note that we will be closing at 3 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 14 to set up our annual client-only Christmas Store. NKC Services and Store will be CLOSED on Tuesday, Dec. 15 during the […]
  • Pantry Holiday Hours
    North Kent Connect Pantry will be CLOSED the following dates: Monday, Dec. 14, Closing at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 15 – closed for client-only Christmas Store Thursday, Dec. 24 Monday, Dec. 28 Thursday, Dec. 31 […]

Media Contacts

Aimee Baskovic, Director of Communications
Direct Line: (616) 884-4353
Mobile: (248) 758-8113

Claire Guisfredi, Executive Director
Office: (616) 866-3478 ext. 350