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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

5 Ways to Overcome Self-Defeating Thoughts

5 Ways to Overcome Self-Defeating Thoughts

We’ve all been there. In those moments late at night or early in the day—standing in a crowd or completely alone—when those little thoughts creep in and settle themselves in the deepest corners of our minds. 

'You’re not good enough. They’re better than you. You don’t deserve anything.'

Self-defeating thoughts can come when we least expect them and tear down our self-esteem and break our spirits. So how can we stand up to them and choose joy instead? Explore these five ways to overcome self-defeating thoughts.

 

1. Test your reality.
The first step in overcoming negative thoughts is recognizing that they’re only in your head—they’re not real. When you start to experience self-defeating thoughts, take time to question why you feel this way, what is making you think this and how it does not reflect reality.

Some questions to consider are: What is my evidence for this thought? Is it my interpretation or a fact? Would anyone else say this about me? When you challenge your negative thoughts, your brain comes back to reality and recognizes its overt inaccuracies.

 

2. Put it in perspective.
Sometimes when we experience self-defeating thoughts, our emotions overcome us and blow situations incredibly out of proportion. When this issue occurs, the best way to calm down and embrace positivity is to put everything in perspective.

Questions to ask yourself: Is the situation really as bad as it seems? What’s the worst possible outcome, and how likely is it? How much will this matter in one year, five years or ten years? Putting situations into perspective will not only help to calm your nerves, but will also help eliminate those pestering negative thoughts in your head.

 

3. Create a happy place.

If self-defeating thoughts are a continual struggle, give yourself a happy place to go when you feel overwhelmed. For instance, ask friends, family members and loved ones to write notes about how much they love you. Save them all up, and when you feel negativity creeping in, access your happy place and soak up the love.

Include things that truly make you happy in your space. If you’re a visual person, put together a poster of pictures with your loved ones. If you’re an audiophile, create and listen to a playlist with your favorite music. Whatever brings you joy, compile it and save it for a rainy day.

 

4. Establish a support system.
Everyone experiences self-defeating thoughts at some point. If you find yourself struggling more often than not, bring together some trustworthy friends and family as a support system for when you’re feeling down. Compile phone numbers, email addresses and information of those you know you can talk to when you need them.

Then, whenever you feel doubtful thoughts, fall back on your support system. We’re all here to support each other. After all, what are friends and family for?

 

5. Change your language.

Finally, and most importantly, overcome your self-defeating thoughts by changing your language. Whenever a negative thought comes, change your thought process into something you can feel good about.

For example, 'I suck at math' may be changed to '...but I’m an excellent writer'. Or 'I’m not good enough' could be '...but these people love me and think I am good enough'. 

 

When it comes to defeating self-defeating thoughts, there’s no surefire way to beat them. However, putting these steps in place to overcome them can help you move forward. The most important thing is to lean on those around you and focus on coming through the other side with a more positive outlook on life.

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