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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 Ways to Practice Thankfulness this November

6 Ways to Practice Thankfulness this November

The month of Thanksgiving has arrived, and many are eagerly awaiting their plates of turkey, mashed potatoes and green bean casserole. However, this month is also the time to recognize your blessings and give thanks for them. 

According to Robert Emmons, practicing gratitude can “amplify positive emotions, such as joy and contentment.” In the month of Thanksgiving, when’s a better time to do so? We’ve come up with some ways in which you can give thanks this November. It’s a great way to stay a little cheerier when the weather starts to cool down.

1. Keep a gratitude journal.
At the end of each day, jot down what moments stood out to you. Explain why you’re thankful for them and how they affected you. Examples can include the sun shining when you woke up or a friendly driver letting you merge during rush hour. 

2. Talk about good moments in your day.
This is a great way to learn about your loved ones’ days. Try going around the table at dinner and having each person say a few things they are thankful for that day. These quick tidbits will likely turn into fun stories you can look back on as memories.

3. Tell your loved ones you appreciate them.
If you think about it, your loved ones probably do more for you than you realize. Take a moment out of your day to send them an email or a letter about why you’re grateful for them. They likely won’t be expecting it, which will make it even more special. Who knows? Maybe they’ll soon return the kind gesture.

4. Look for silver linings.
Everyone has days where seemingly nothing goes the way they want it to. If you’re feeling down on your luck, check yourself, and remember all of the blessings in your life. Maybe it’s your family, or a job you love or your partner, or all of the above. You just need to remind yourself you won’t always feel down, and to look on the bright side.

5. Look around you.
People tend to feel more gratitude when they’re empathizing with others. It can be hard to be thankful when you’re focused on your own narrative. Try looking outward. There will always be someone less fortunate than you, so consider that when you feel like complaining. If you feel so compelled, you could also donate to those in need.

6. Thank yourself.
Have you been trying to live a healthier lifestyle or spend less money? Maybe you just did the laundry that had been piling up? Take a moment to thank yourself for taking care of you. Reward yourself for meeting a goal. Self-care is just as important as caring for others, so be kind to yourself as well.

Thanksgiving is a time to recognize everything you’ve been blessed with. Acknowledge that this November, and know a little “thank you” goes a long way.

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