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We’ve been working hard to help the abused and neglected youth in our community find safe, permanent homes. Here’s what we’ve been up to lately:

2019 Friend of CASA Award

The Friend of CASA Award was to have been presented in March during our 2020 Reverse Your Luck fundraising gala in Yankton. Because of the outbreak of Covid-19, that fundraiser was cancelled, and along with it we had to postpone the Friend of CASA Award announcement.

We kept waiting for a time when Southeast CASA was having “something special” so that we could incorporate this award presentation. The pandemic put a stop to any large events, so we used the Nov. 12th Open House at our new office location to make the Friend of CASA Award presentation to Janet Stark of ALC Event Design.

“Janet has graciously assisted Southeast CASA with each of its gala events since we began hosting them in 2015. Whenever we asked for her help, she was quick to say “Yes!” Because of Janet’s generosity, not only did our events look first-rate, but Southeast CASA was able to raise more funds to provide CASA advocacy for local children who had been abused or severely neglected. All of our current and past board members join the Southeast CASA staff and volunteers in thanking Janet for her invaluable support for the CASA kids,” Said Sherri Rodgers-Conti during the presentation of the award.

Office Relocation Ribbon Cutting and Open House

Southeast CASA has moved! Our offices are now at 413 W. 15th Street in Yankton.

We celebrated our new office location with an Open House and ribbon cutting on Nov. 12, 2020. The Yankton Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors and some of our board members and agency partners were on hand to see the new office and conduct the ribbon cutting. Thanks to those who attended!

L to R in photo above: Tyler Buckman, Daisey Kamback, Sherri Rodgers-Conti, Jesse Bailey, Kaye O'Neal, Emily Monier, and Sara Livingston.

Our New Yankton Office Location

Southeast CASA is now located at 413 W. 15th Street in Yankton, just west of Mozak's Flooring at 15th and Broadway Ave.

 

2018 Friend of CASA Award

At the 2019 "Reverse Your Luck" fundraising gala, Tom Andera was recognized as the first "Friend of CASA" award recipient. Tom is the owner of Andera Bookkeeping and Tax Services in Yankton. He has been assisting Southeast CASA with its payroll processing since 2011. Because of Tom's invaluable assistance, Southeast CASA is able to help more abused and neglected children in our area. Thanks for all you do for the CASA kids, Tom!

  • First National Bank
    First National Bank

    Major Sponsor of Southeast CASA

  • Yankton Medical Clinic
    Yankton Medical Clinic
  • First National Bank
    First National Bank

    Major sponsor of Southeast CASA

  • Sanford Vermillion
    Sanford Vermillion

    Sponsor of CASA training

  • Wintz & Ray Funeral Home
    Wintz & Ray Funeral Home

    Annual sponsor

  • Vishay
    Vishay

    Annual sponsor

  • Kolberg Pioneer
    Kolberg Pioneer

    Annual sponsor

  • United Way Yankton
    United Way Yankton

    Yankton County agency

  • United Way Vermillion
    United Way Vermillion

    Clay County agency

Celebrate National Day of Encouragement

Celebrate National Day of Encouragement

This Thursday, September 12, marks National Day of Encouragement. Signed into effect in 2007, National Day of Encouragement is intended for us to uplift those around us and make them feel good. Showing a little encouragement is an easy way to make someone’s day, and we’ve come up with a few ideas on how you can do so.

Tell someone you’re proud of them.
It doesn’t have to be in reference to something they’ve done. Maybe you’re just proud of them for who they are as a person. The four words, “I’m proud of you,” can do wonders for someone’s confidence and self-worth. It’s a phrase we all love to hear, so why not share it with others?

Send a note to someone you’re thinking about.
Do you know someone who’s currently under a bit of pressure? Maybe they have a job interview or a big exam coming up. This is the perfect time to write them a note to say you’re thinking about them. Even a simple, “You’ve got this!” could give them an extra confidence boost to ace whatever they’re facing.

Give someone more responsibility.
Granting a person more authority shows them you trust them. You’re essentially telling them, “I believe in you.” However, that belief should not translate into micromanaging. Delegating responsibility means you have faith in the person to make the right decision. Trying later to “fix” what they’ve done will do the opposite of encourage them.

Praise someone publicly.
Encouraging someone in front of others lets them know you appreciate them. It’s telling those around that you believe in that person’s abilities. Your kind words will hopefully motivate him or her to continue their good work.

Extend a helping hand.
Simply offering to help someone out is a great way to encourage them. Make sure you’re wording your question specifically. Asking, “How can I help?” can leave them stumped. Try asking “Would it help if I…” instead. This question is less open ended and is more likely to end in an acceptance.

Simply be there.
If you know someone going through a rough time, they might not be ready to open up. By saying, “I’m here for you if, or when, you’re ready to talk,” you are being encouraging without being intrusive. They’ll appreciate your approach and hopefully open up to you.

National Day of Encouragement is the perfect excuse to show those around you that you care. A simple, “You’ve got this!” can go a long way in making someone’s day. Put your own personal spin on any of the above ideas, and you’re sure to make the most of your National Day of Encouragement.

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