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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

Easy Tips to Incorporate Wellness into Your Day

Easy Tips to Incorporate Wellness into Your Day

Between work, family, kids, chores and hobbies, there's a lot going on in our lives. With so much to do in quarantine and so little time, it can be pretty difficult to take a moment and really focus on you. How are you doing? How do you feel? How can you take care of yourself? 

Wellness is all about living a complete, healthy lifestyle and incorporating smart choices into your everyday life. It means taking care of your physical, emotional, mental and spiritual well-being. When things are busy, wellness often takes a backseat to our presumed priorities. 

Check out a few ways to bring your personal health back to the forefront of your life. Here are some easy tips on how to incorporate wellness into your day.

 

Stick to the same bedtime.

One way to make sure your body feels energized and relaxed is to stick to a consistent sleep schedule. Bad sleep doesn’t necessarily come from staying up late but rather from inconsistency—long nights here, short nights there, sleeping during the day then not being able to sleep at night, etc. Pick a time that works for you, then try to stick to your pattern as much as possible. When you make sleep a priority in your schedule, your body will thank you for it.

 

Eat breakfast.

Your first meal really is the most important one of the day. Wake up 10 minutes earlier and make sure to incorporate a delicious, nutritious breakfast into your morning. If your mornings are too packed to find time to eat, invest in some breakfast bars so you can still get something in your stomach. You will have more mental and physical energy to start your day off and keep it going throughout.

 

Do easy exercises.

Have a few minutes over lunch? Go for a walk around the block or do some light stretches. Exercise is important, but it can be difficult to be involved when life is already crazy. Figure out some ways to incorporate easy exercises into your everyday activities. For example, if the kids are watching TV, do some quick stretches. As tough as it is to make a habit, exercising now will make you feel better later.

 

Keep a journal.

Experts say that keeping a journal and writing down your thoughts or feelings can have significant mental and emotional health benefits. It helps you get everything out on paper, where you can make sense of it or choose to simply let it go. Pick a time every day to sit down and jot out a few ideas, whether that be in the morning when you’re just waking up or at night as you’re processing the day. If you want to incorporate the feeling of wellness in your life, journaling is a great first step.

 

Try meditating.

Take your mental, emotional and spiritual health even further by practicing some meditation in your spare time. Meditation can simply mean sitting down, relaxing, taking deep breaths and focusing on being present in the moment. Meditation will help you feel more at peace in your everyday life, and fully accept everything around you, for a more well-rounded self.

When life is hard, personal wellness can often be our last priority, but it doesn’t have to be. These simple steps can be taken every day to fully incorporate physical, emotional, mental and spiritual wellness into our lives. Try out some of these ideas and see how you start feeling.

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