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.

Job Opening! Become our next Program Manager

Job Opening: Program Manager (Full-time)North Kent Connect seeks a program manager (full-time) to facilitate the achievement of client wellness and autonomy through education, program development, service facilitation, assessment and advocacy. Based on the needs of the client population, the program manager coordinates and/or facilitates classes and volunteer opportunities for client growth and empowerment. The program manager will also work with the case manager to link clients with appropriate providers and resources throughout the community.

Click the PDF link below for a complete job description. Interested applicants must submit a resume to amee.paparella@nkconnect.org. Please, no phone calls.

2018 "Tree of Hope" Campaign (through Dec. 10)

2018 MOST NEEDED: Sheets, Blankets, Toys & Adult Size L, XL, XXL Clothes

PLUS... Pajamas, Sweatpants & Sweatshirts, Winter Coats & Boots, Snow Pants, Crib Sheet Sets, Twin/Double/Queen Sheets & Blankets, Pillows (Standard), Bath & Hand Towels, Toys

In order to give the gift of dignity to our clients, they will be able to purchase these items at a very low cost (only $1-$5 per item) at the NKC Christmas Store. Drop off new, unwrapped donations at North Kent Connect, Monday - Thursday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Friday & Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the south side of the building. Please specify that donations are intended for the Christmas Store. Do not leave them if the donation area is unattended.

Please deliver donations by Mon., Dec. 10.

Show More...

Holiday Food Drive underway

Holiday Food Drive underway

Our Holiday Food Drive is underway! With your help, we can provide healthy meals and household items for area families in need this holiday season.


☑ Pasta (1 lb. boxes)
☑ Cheerios
☑ Rice Krispies
☑ Regular oatmeal
☑ Monetary donations for fresh food
☑ Laundry detergent
☑ Shampoo
☑ Feminine hygiene products
☑ Bar soap
☑ Toilet paper

Both fresh and canned (low-sugar, low-sodium) fruits and veggies, gravy (no glass jars), pudding, stuffing and other holiday foods are also needed.

Drop off donations at North Kent Connect from Monday to Thursday between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. (Please take food to the north side of the building.) Donations are needed by November 12 for Thanksgiving distribution and by December 14 for Christmas distribution. THANK YOU!

Show More...

FREE Yoga Classes Resume Tuesdays (New Day & Time)

Free Yoga Class at North Kent Connect

We are partnering with the YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids to offer free yoga classes every Tuesday from 4:30-5:30 p.m. in our Gathering Room. Whether you’re new to yoga or have been practicing for years, this class will help you create a bit of inner peace as you build strength, balance and flexibility. No previous yoga experience necessary. Bring a mat, if you have one, and a bottle of water.

(Clients can earn up to $20 VIP per month for attending two classes.)

"We care, we meet you where you're at, and we love you too much to leave you there."

Client Testimonials

How You Can Help

What have you done today? Do something amazing by helping change the lives of your neighbors. There are lots of ways you can make a difference:

Do something awesome today. Join with us to serve our community in northern Kent County.

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 North Kent Connect at (616) 866-3478.

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

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.

Quick Links:
How May We Help?

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 Client-Only Hours:
8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

North Kent Connect Store Public Hours:
Tuesday through Friday
9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 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