Community Reflections

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

Dr. Allen is the president and CEO of the Autism Alliance of Michigan, which leads collaborative efforts across the state to improve the quality of life for individuals with autism through education, comprehensive services, community awareness, inclusion efforts, and coordinated advocacy.colleen Allen

Written By: Dr. Colleen Allen

I first met Kadima Clinical Director Jean Nemenzik when Kadima hosted Dr. Fred Volkmar from Yale for its Education Conference in October 2015. I had heard of Kadima because of the residential support it offers so many, and the issue of housing for people on the autism spectrum has been a focus of the Autism Alliance of Michigan (AAoM) for several years. Jean had reached out to us as a partner for the conference. After that initial contact, and our follow up conversations, we discovered it made sense for us to partner on additional activities...


Charlotte began her work with Kadima in January of 2014 as a social work intern and has served in various roles since, including clinical work, volunteer coordination and then in her current role as Intake and Quality Assurance and Compliance Coordinator, coordinating residential services and overseeing audits to ensure compliance for billing and administrative tasks. She also is a Mental Health First Aid trainer. charlotte gardening day 16

Written By: Charlotte Sandy


When I was an undergrad, I was a psych major, and I knew I wanted to go into psychology or social work. I interned at a college counseling center in another state and my experience there is what solidified my passion...

Margo is the executive director of The Jewish Fund – established in 1997 from the sale proceeds of Sinai Hospital to the Detroit Medical Center – created to support efforts primarily in the Jewish community, but also within the general community, that promote health and wellbeing in metro Detroit. margo pernick

Written By: Margo Pernick

From the early stages of The Jewish Fund’s history, we have been supportive of Kadima. Because of the alignment of our missions – with the Jewish Fund’s focus on the health and wellbeing of the community and Kadima’s primary purpose to provide positive programs, services and activities for people with mental health needs – Kadima presented itself as quite an appropriate partner...

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...