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Catalyst Radio: North Kent Community Services helps rural area residents with basic life needs

NKCS provides services such as food and clothing pantries, meals delivery to shut-in senior citizens, and tax preparation assistance, with the goal of leading those in need toward self-sufficiency.

About Catalyst Radio

Catalyst Radio is the weekly public affairs radio program of Community Media Center, with producer and host Linda Gellasch. The program is a feature of WYCE and The Rapidian and includes interviews with organizations and people working on social change and community support, examines media and free speech issues, and takes a look at the behind-the-scenes of Rapidian reporting. You can catch it on air at noon every Friday on WYCE 88.1 FM or streaming on the Grand Rapids Community Media Center Website.

Past Catalyst Radio episodes are archived on The Rapidian.

North Kent Community Services is a “neighbors helping neighbors program,” with dozens of daily volunteers.

North Kent Community Services is a “neighbors helping neighbors program,” with dozens of daily volunteers. /NKCS

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In this episode of Catalyst Radio we hear about the extensive array of services being provided by North Kent Community Services in rural areas of the county, that include food and clothing pantries, meal delivery to senior citizens, and income tax preparation assistance.

We also learn about a new initiative of the organization called Thrive Empowerment Program. The new program’s aim is to assist people in need in becoming self-sufficient, through goal-setting and support groups, and connecting individuals with financial literacy training, basic education and employment services.

NKCS Executive Director Claire Guisfredi joins us in the Catalyst Radio studio to give an overview of the services available, the areas served, and the new Thrive Empowerment Program.



Michigan-made music featured in this edition of Catalyst Radio comes from Cameron Blake, whose Feb. 18 concert is a fundraiser for today’s profiled nonprofit -- Safe Haven Ministries.  It’s the song “Ultrasound.”

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