Kadima

Community Reflections

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

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.

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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...

  

Written By: Michael Rich

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I used to live in Traverse City some years ago, and that was where my mental illness started. I was in adult foster care homes and decided to move back down to Southeast Michigan. I was living in an apartment on my own for a while, and I realized that I needed a little bit more help and support…

 

 

Professional WideAt the Kadima Annual Meeting in 2016, Alex was honored as one of our Volunteers of the Year for his volunteer work with “Sports Talk,” his participation in the new Kadima Connections program and his involvement as a new Kadima Ambassador.


By Alex Scharg

I have always been passionate about giving back.

As a kid, my mother took me to the Jewish Home for the Aged, where I played the piano weekly for residents. I was also paired with an elderly woman, who openly spoke with me about life, family, and more.