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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

6 Health Benefits of Meditation

6 Health Benefits of Meditation

If you’re looking for an easy and inexpensive way to improve your everyday life, look no further than meditation. Meditation is the habitual process of training your mind to focus and redirect your thoughts. For centuries, people have been preaching the benefits of meditation. Keep reading to learn about some of the best advantages you’ll receive from frequent meditation.

Meditation can reduce stress.
Stress reduction is one of the most common reasons people meditate. It has been scientifically proven to decrease stress levels, especially in those with high levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Research has also found that meditation can alleviate stress-related conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder, irritable bowel syndrome and fibromyalgia. 

Meditation can help your mental health.
Many types of meditation can promote a more positive self-image and an improved perspective on life. Studies have shown that meditation has the ability to decrease levels of depression in adults. It often reduces inflammatory chemicals called cytokines, which are released in response to stress and can cause feelings of depression.

Meditation can improve your attention span.
If you have trouble focusing at work or school, consider trying out focused-attention meditation. It’s been proven to increase the strength and endurance of your attention. Researchers have found that not only can mediation help with maintaining attention, but it can also help with recalling specific details such as assigned tasks.

Meditation can help you sleep.
Many people struggle with falling or staying asleep at night. If this sounds like you, meditation may be able to help. A study comparing two groups, one that meditated before bed and one that didn’t. Researchers were able to determine that participants who practiced meditation were able to fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer than their non-meditating counterparts. Meditating before bed relaxes muscles and redirects thoughts that can keep you up at night.

Meditation can decrease blood pressure.
People who struggle with high blood pressure can benefit from frequent meditation. High blood pressure forces your heart to work overtime to pump blood, which can lead to its poor function. Many different kinds of meditation have been proven to improve blood pressure. It relaxes your nerve signals that coordinate your heart function, tension in your blood vessels and the “fight-or-flight” response that increases your body’s awareness of stressful circumstances.

Meditation can fight off memory loss.
Memories are the most precious things you carry with you. In order to keep them fresh, consider periodic meditation. There are forms of meditation specific to memory recall, such as Kirtan Kriya, which has shown improvement in people’s ability to perform memory-related tasks. Meditation can also aid older participants’ mental quickness, improving their memory long term.

There are so many benefits to be found through meditation. It can improve both your mental and physical health. Meditation is accessible to anyone and requires no financial commitment. Try out different forms to find which fits your preferences best, and be prepared to see an upgrade in your quality of life.

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