Thanks to generous local businesses, organizations, and individuals, our Building Connections Capital Campaign reached its $3.3 million goal in April 2021. Construction was completed in early May, 2021, allowing us to offer even more services to our clients and community.

Would you like a tour? Contact Scott Christie, Director of Donor Engagement, at scott.christie@nkconnect.org or 616-866-3478, ext. 356.

Highlights of our 12,400-foot expansion include:

  • The Pantry (for NKC clients) has doubled in size, allowing for more fresh, healthy food distribution to meet the increasing number of new clients. A new teaching kitchen helps clients and community members make great use of their fresh foods and pantry staples.
  • A licensed kitchen is now on site for repackaging dry goods and pantry items that arrive in bulk. Items are sold in the Farm Stand, as well as distributed in the Pantry to NKC clients.
  • Family Promise/North Kent IHN Day Center. 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 Thrift Store (open to the public) has doubled in size to offer even 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 Farm Stand (open to the public and located inside the Thrift Store) has increased space for fresh, locally-sourced fruits, vegetables, dairy, and grocery items from more than 20 farms throughout Michigan. Two price points are offered to ensure that everyone has the option to purchase healthy food within his or her budget.
  • Arbor Circle, a mental-health and substance-abuse services provider for adolescents, adults, and families in northern Kent County, has an expanded NKC location, its own entrance and hours of operation.
  • West Michigan Works! Has 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, and assistance filing for unemployment.

The expanded Farm Stand inside the NKC Thrift Store.