Vision

All Kent County residents have access to resources to meet their basic needs

Mission

Working together to address our citizens’ basic needs

Purpose

  1. Assess the basic needs of the community
  2. Set outcome goals and measures
  3. Coordinate and integrate service delivery
  4. Advocate for policy advancement
  5. Leverage dollars
  6. Publish data

Governance Committee

The Governance Committee of the ENTF was formed in 2013.   Seven organizations came together to take on leadership roles and guide the ENTF.  A formal Memorandum of Understanding was created and Heart of West Michigan United Way was named the fiduciary and employer of record for the ENTF.  The seven participating organizations are:

  • Co-Chair: City of Grand Rapids- Connie Bohatch
  • Co-Chair: Kent County- Matthew VanZetten
  • ACSET- Jacob Maas
  • City of Wyoming- Rebecca Rynbrandt
  • Heart of West Michigan United Way- Michelle VanDyke
  • Department of Health and Human Services- Tracey Fountain
  • The Salvation Army- Betty Zylstra

Staff

Wende Randall
Director, ENTF
wrandall@hwmuw.org
616-752-8642

Jesica Vail
Coordinator, Coalition to End Homelessness
jvail@hwmuw.org
616-752-8640

Jim Talen
HMIS System Administrator
jtalen@hwmuw.org
616-752-8387

KConnect

The Kent County Essential Needs Task Force operates as the Basic Needs workgroup for KConnect. We are a collaborative partner in their efforts. To learn more about their work visit:

KConnect