The staff and director of North Kent Community Services (NKCS) are preparing for the Rockford Chamber of Commerce’s Business After Hours event. This fun networking event is scheduled for Monday, July 16 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and is meant to showcase the host business and educate others on the various services the organization provides. After Hours will be the perfect setting for the movers and shakers in the business community to network and enjoy delicious food and beverages. The event is open to the public and is very relaxed with no set schedule, so visitors are encouraged to come any time during the two-hour event. The role NKCS fulfills in the area is a big one. For over 37 years, NKCS has provided care for families in northern Kent County when times turn tough and has built a strong heritage within the community. NKCS has become a refuge in our community and has a history of providing life- transforming programs for families. “Since our inception we have provided essential services to those who find themselves in need of help due to a change in circumstances,” said Sandy Waite, executive director of NKCS. “Our organization provides our clients with emergency food, clothing, household and personal items. We also assist in helping our clients find shelter, pay utilities, find medical help and supply transportation to appointments for area families who cannot afford these necessities.” Waite is excited to have the opportunity to open the organization’s doors on July 16 and show visitors how they help their clients. The outreach is even going to be greater with this event. Each visitor is asked to please bring a back-to-school item for the center’s backpack program. It is a great way to help your neighbors. After Hours is free, however, reservations are required. Please call the Chamber office at (616) 866-2000 to register.