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North Kent Connect Store Funding Education and Food Programs

Clothing in thrift storeEducational and food programs have been recently developed at North Kent Connect due in part to the success of the North Kent Connect Store. “All proceeds from the North Kent Connect Store stay locally, right here in northern Kent County,” said North Kent Connect Executive Director Claire Guisfredi. “That’s what makes us different than other thrift stores; the money you spend at The Store ultimately promotes education and healthy eating in our own community.”

One of the initiatives that The Store is helping to fund is The Market (formerly referred to as “the food pantry”). North Kent Connect is now offering whole foods such as fresh produce, whole grains, lean proteins, and low-fat dairy. Clients have been extremely receptive to the change. One client said that they “didn’t even miss the donuts” while another expressed her gratitude to having quality items to offer her family. “I really appreciate having fresh fruits and vegetables for my kids. It’s nice to be able to give them a healthy dinner every night.”

The Store is also helping to fund upcoming educational opportunities including the Thrive Empowerment Program, a program for women with children that helps participants reach educational and livable wage income goals. North Kent Connect also offers classes in Money Management presented by Michigan State University-Extension, and Weatherization and Home Maintenance presented by Home Repair Services. Anybody interested in learning more about these programs can contact North Kent Connect’s Program Director Chérie Elahl at (616) 866-3478 ext. 351.
Invest in your community by shopping the North Kent Connect Store! Public shopping hours for the North Kent Connect Store are Tuesday and Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Thank you for your support in moving people forward!

Public Hours

Mother and child shopping while being helped by senior store staffSpecial Winter Hours! 

Tuesday and Friday
9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. 

10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 

Donate Now!

We are seeking clothing, household items, and sporting goods for the store. All donations will be sold at affordable prices to clients and the public and will help support North Kent Connect’s programs. You can view our donation guide for specific requests or email Katie Hop.

Donations can be dropped off Monday - Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Friday - Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 

Only Client Hours

Short haired woman holding green floral-print shirtWe offer only client shopping days to allow our clients the opportunity to visit the food pantry, meet with a case worker, and maintain client confidentiality. 

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

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North Kent Connect

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

Community Connections 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. 
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