Community Reflections

Hear from our community and staff on how Kadima is helping our clients move forward.

Jessica first served as a young adult liaison to the Kadima Board and was newly appointed to the board this year. She focuses her efforts on building connections with young adults to start conversations about mental health needs sooner.Jessica Katz

Written By: Jessica Katz

Like many young adults of this generation, I’ve always had a desire to make a real difference in my community, especially for other young adults. I started my career as a program director at Michigan State Hillel, the Jewish student center on campus. Following this work, I earned my master’s degree in higher education and continued to work with programs for young adults. Currently, I work in HR for Moosejaw Mountaineering, and while I work with people of all ages, I often find myself working with young adults in the workforce in various capacities. One might say, I’ve “earned my stripes” in understanding the needs of the young adult demographic.

Gloria served as a home manager for Kadima for eight years before accepting a promotion to area manager in 2015, increasing her responsibility overseeing Kadima’s homes for client residents. gloria

Written By: Gloria Campbell


When I started at Kadima, my previous experience of 20 years with the State of Michigan was working with developmentally disabled individuals, with the last five years transitioning to dual-diagnosis individuals with mental illness. I was not sure how long I planned on working at Kadima, but Kadima was like no other...

Evan became Kadima Board President in 2015, and his business experience and new perspectives have helped Kadima develop a new strategic vision to help guide the organization as it moves forward. eric and evan 16

Written By: Evan Leibhan

Several years ago, I got involved with Kadima at the recommendation of a colleague, and as I learned more about its mission, my enthusiasm to join it grew. Mental health is a very important issue that too often people like to sweep under the rug and does not get the attention it merits because of the stigma still surrounding the subject...

 Richard is a board member emeritus and longtime Kadima donor who continues to support Kadima’s annual Golf Tournament and continues to participate in an of-counsel role in the development of the agency.

Richard Ludwig

Written By: Richard Ludwig

In 2001, I was sitting with my family at a holiday dinner. The tragedy of 9/11 was still raw in our minds, and we were discussing how challenging the world is becoming and how difficult it would be for nonprofits going forward in a vulnerable and uncertain economy. At this dinner, we all decided we would do something more in the community...


29Barbara is chair of Creative Expressions, a newly forming program at Kadima, which provides clients access to the hands-on arts learning experiences guided by artists, as well as access to arts and cultural activities throughout the community.

Written By: Barbara Kratchman

I’ve known about Kadima’s work since the organization’s earliest days and have always been impressed with the people of Kadima and their passion and dedication. They do a magnificent job meeting the need in our community...