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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

Choose Wisely: How Our Words Impact Others

Choose Wisely: How Our Words Impact Others

A lot can be said for what we say. The words we choose and how we use them can build others up or tear them down, bring a community together or rip it apart.

Our words are powerful and should be handled with respect. So how do our words impact others, and how can we choose them wisely? Today, we’re going to find out.

 

Your words have meaning.

The greatest mistake we can make is believing our words have no value in other people’s lives. Have you ever had a conversation with someone and, for whatever reason, you can still remember it practically word for word years down the road? Now consider a similar conversation in someone else’s life—your words could be the ones they have in their head.

The words we choose mean something. Whether that meaning is positive or negative is up to you. If you want to live altruistically and make an impact in the world, try starting with the words you choose every day. How do you talk to others, yourself, your superiors or your inferiors? When we recognize the value our words have, we take the first step in being a positive force among others.

 

Your words are remembered.

If words have meaning, then they are definitely remembered. Consider the child in class whose teacher tells him he’s never going to be as good of a student as his older sister. This comment could mean nothing to the teacher but will always be remembered by the child. 

In contrast, think of the child whose teacher tells him how much she believes in him. Even a simple comment can make a long-term impact, good or bad. Our words aren’t just for today—they’re for every day after too. What you say now could be remembered for years to come, so choose carefully.

 

Your words make a difference.

Think of powerful words throughout history which have had a lasting difference in our world: “Four score and seven years ago.” “I have a dream.” “Tear down this wall.” 

Our words, when chosen correctly, can make a positive contribution to our own lives and the lives of those around us. Words filter through us and into our community, where they are absorbed and reasserted by others. When we recognize the power our words have, we see the impact they carry and carefully choose them based on the difference we want to make.

 

Speak with mindfulness.

So how can we choose our words wisely? By being mindful of what we say and the effect it may have. Mindfulness is more than just thinking before speaking. It’s considering the people around us and promoting a more compassionate society through our language choice. 

Rather than lashing out emotionally and uncontrollably when speaking on an issue, mindfulness means putting thought into how your words could impact others. It means recognizing poor language choice and readjusting to live a more loving life.

 

The words you choose in your life have meaning, are remembered and make a difference. When we recognize the power in our words, we can harness that power to become a force for good in the community around us.

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