My name is Dudley L. Deshommes-Kohls. My husband, Andrew Deshommes-Kohls, and I are gift members at Adath. During this trial period we’ve been exploring various ways to become more involved within the community and to get to know our fellow Adath members. Participating with Hesed has been a great way to start building community, while at the same time fulfilling a mitzvah through performing tzedakah.
I learned that poverty does not discriminate by socioeconomic class or zip codes. Being new to Minnesota I was surprised to find out that there were people and families going hungry in suburbs. I assumed such things happened only in the inner cities or downtown areas. It’s amazing to see what we take for granted when we are able to just buy food without question, while others have to decide between eating or paying bills. ICA does tremendous work to help individuals and families get back on their feet.
I am thankful that I was able to volunteer my time at ICA through Hesed. Also, I made some new friends.