Community Alliance Builders

Community Alliance Builders (CAB) nurtures the partnerships, projects, and relationships that serve the common good and God’s redemptive purposes specifically among those affected by suicide and mental illness.

The ground for CAB grew out of Rex and Connie Kennemer’s personal journey through grief at the loss of their son Todd to mental illness and suicide at the age of 25. This experience, marked by God’s healing mercies through their church and beyond, has resulted in a community and movement of both Christian and secular organizations. The outcome has resulted in a strong collaboration of like-minded people called the Community Alliance for Healthy Minds.

More than an organization, Community Alliance for Healthy Minds (CAHM) is a gathering of San Diego County leaders in mental health and suicide prevention, and those like Rex and Connie who are personally impacted by mental illness and suicide loss. Their slogan is: “Together we can change the landscape of mental health in our communities.”

A biblical plumb-line that CAB operates by and shares with their secular partners and faith community is what the Kennemer's son Todd modeled as he served with InnerCHANGE among homeless youth in San Francisco: “…To do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with our God” (Micah 6:8).