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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

Meditation and How It Can Improve Your Life

Meditation and How It Can Improve Your Life

Many of us have likely heard of meditation before. The technique is deep mental reflection used for relaxation, heightened energy and developed well-being. Meditation has existed for centuries, but just recently researchers have begun to understand its benefits.

What used to be considered a foreign and unreliable exercise has now grown in popularity to impact all of society—Oprah, NFL players and even the U.S. Marine Corps have tried it. 

The truth: Meditation is powerful. If you’re still unsure whether or not the practice is worth trying, check out these top benefits of meditation and consider how they can help improve your life.

 

Mental Merit

  • Decreased levels of anxiety. 
  • Improved processing of information.
  • Preserved brain matter during the aging process.
  • Heightened concentration ability.
  • Stronger memory retention and recall.
  • Better problem-solving and decision-making abilities.
  • Increased clarity and peace of mind.

 

Physical Fitness

  • Strengthened immune system.
  • Lowered blood pressure.
  • Heightened energy levels through an inner source of energy.
  • Decreased tension-related pains, such as headaches, muscle and joint problems.
  • Improved breathing and heart rates.
  • Slowed aging process.
  • Lessened premenstrual and menopausal pain.

 

Emotional Excellence

  • Increased serotonin production for improved mood.
  • Expanded levels of optimism and awareness.
  • Improved emotional steadiness and harmony.
  • Enhanced self-esteem and self-acceptance.
  • Decreased levels of depression.
  • Heightened resilience against pain and adversity.
  • Prevented self-destructive emotional activities, such as eating or smoking.

 

When it comes to meditation, these benefits are just the beginning. The practice has been shown to drastically improve quality of life, and studies are increasingly researching it.

Try it out for yourself by taking a short time each day in the morning or evening to practice deep breathing, quiet mental activity and self-reflection. Let your thoughts go without having to react to them. Once meditation becomes a part of your daily routine, you’ll see its benefits become a regular part of your life. 

So next time you’re feeling stressed out, physically exhausted or emotionally deprived, try meditating for a little while. You may be surprised at just how great you’ll feel.

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