Food pantry wants to be part of the solution

9:57 AM, Nov 7, 2013   |    comments
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North Kent

ROCKFORD, Mich. (WZZM) -- A local food pantry will soon start a program that could help make its services unnecessary for some. North Kent Community Services calls it From Survive to Thrive.

Executive Director Claire Guisfredi says, "What we want to do is get clients back on their feet. There are so many clients who want to be self sufficient, but don't know how."

Clients would be teamed up with coaches who teach them life skills like budgeting and applying and interviewing for jobs.

"I've told a few clients. Their response? Sign me up now. They're excited. They don't want to keep coming to the pantry," said Guisfredi.

North Kent provides food, clothing, and household goods to clients in Rockford, Kent City, Greenville, Sand Lake, and Cedar Springs from 6 Mile Road north to 22 Mile Road.

Providing people with necessary supplies continues to be North Kent's main goal. But with the new From Survive to Thrive program, they also want to be part of the solution. They will be hiring a Social Worker/Program Director. They are also looking for volunteers to be life skills coaches.

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