Mission: To minister to people living with hunger and poverty in kent county. Secom provides help today through addressing basic needs such as food and building hope for tomorrow through health and education programs.
Programs: Maintenance of key food pantries serving more than 8,600 people with emergency food, personal care and infant items, referrals, and benefits assistance. Through the food pantry, individuals who qualify are able to obtain a three day, emergency supply of nutritious food once per month. Secom also partners with spectrum health for nutritional options for wellness, designed to help referred individuals with chronic health conditions manage those conditions through nutritious foods. Finally, secom is a community site at which individuals may sign up for dhs benefits, including the my bridge program, medicaid, and medicare. In addition, secom partners with other community organizations to refer pantry clients for employability, health, esl, and other services.
as a key resource center, secom provides services in the areas of basic needs, health, and education. Currently, secom is a healthy living hub for the ymca, which provides exercise, healthy cooking, gardening, and nutrition programs for area residents. In addition, secom partners with area health and educational institutions to provide basic health services, including blood pressure and blood sugar screenings. Finally, secom is a member of the early learning neighborhood collaborative, providing preschool programming for vulnerable children.
as a member of the early learning neighborhood collaborative, secom operates a free, licensed preschool designed to prepare vulnerable three and four year old children for kindergarten. 32 students spend 12 hours per week learning through play, honing skills in 38 areas including early literacy, early math, gross and fine motor, and social skills.
SECOM is a beautiful place. Very rarely does one see a community of like minded people as passionate as they are about doing God's will. One of the directors explained his job to me as "Making Friends". And that's what they do. Despite all of the excellent work they strive for every day, you will not find a more humble set of staff and volunteers.
Nor will you find a group that uses their money more wisely. As a volunteer I saw first hand how very carefully they utilized every resource available to them- there is a strong understanding that the little money they have is to feed the hungry in West Michigan.
I look forward to working with them again soon, and have made this my Nonprofit of choice.