North Kent Connect breaks ground on $3 million expansion

Posted at 5:41 AM, Jul 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-14 05:41:16-04

ROCKFORD — A valuable resource serving those living in northern, rural Kent County is expanding.

North Kent Connectprovides basic services to those living in Rockford, Cedar Springs, Kent City and Sparta.

Monday, they broke ground on a 12,000 square foot addition to its building which will nearly double its capacity.

Expanded services will include a larger food pantry to offer more fresh, healthy options, more educational programs, more mental health and substance abuse services through Arbor Circle, as well as West Michigan Works!.

NKC is excited about another new service, North Kent interfaith Hospitality Network.

"That's going to be the day center for homeless families that they can come and shower. They could use a computer if they need to help looking for jobs,' Claire Guisfredi, Executive Director for North Kent Connect explained.

"They can help their kids with homework. They can cook their meals. And, Family Promise then helps them find affordable permanent housing. So, they are with us temporarily, while they're looking for permanent housing that they could afford."

However, people all over the community can take advantage of the North Kent Connect Thrift Store. Proceeds stay local so NKC can keep providing for those in need of services.

The nearly $3 million expansion should wrap up in February.