The following is a list of notable new additions and expanded services to our main building as part of our newly announced “Building Connections” Capital Campaign:
Family Promise/North Kent IHN Day Center (new to NKC). In partnership with local congregations, North Kent Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN) provides emergency shelter and basic needs to homeless children and their families while awaiting permanent housing. The families are hosted overnight in churches throughout northern Kent County. During the day, families work out of the Day Center where they have access to computers, a kitchen, laundry area, showers, and a living room.
The NKC Thrift Store (open to the public) will double in size to offer more high-quality, affordable clothing and household goods. All store proceeds stay local to provide individuals and families with food, basic needs, and educational programming.
The NKC Market Pantry (for NKC clients) will increase to just over twice its current size, allowing for more fresh, healthy food distribution to meet the increasing number of new clients. A new teaching kitchen will help clients and community members make great use of their fresh foods and pantry staples.
The NKC Farm Stand (open to the public), located inside the Thrift Store, will have increased space for fresh, locally sourced fruits, vegetables, dairy, and grocery items from more than 20 farms throughout Kent County. Two price points are offered to ensure that everyone has the option to purchase healthy food within their budget.
Arbor Circle, a mental-health and substance-abuse services provider for adolescents, adults, and families in northern Kent County, will have an expanded NKC location, and receive its own entrance and hours of operation.
West Michigan Works! will have a larger office, a private entrance, and hours of operation to help individuals in Kent County with resumes, cover letters, materials to aid in job searches, as well as assistance filing for unemployment.
Additionally, North Kent Connect will have space for additional community partners that will complement NKC services.