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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 Tips to Train Your Brain to Be More Positive

6 Tips to Train Your Brain to Be More Positive

There’s a lot going on in the world right now. Between the news, the community and our personal lives, it can be pretty easy to get overwhelmed, stressed out and even upset. As human beings, our automatic reaction doesn’t always lean in the most positive direction.

How can you live an altruistic lifestyle when negativity is on your mind? Today we've got the answers as we share six tips to help train your brain to be more positive.

 

1. Start your day off right.

The best way to start your day off right is by making sure you take time to ease into the day and really prepare. Have a moment of quiet time in the morning by relaxing, meditating or just thinking through your day and positive life moments. Take some time to physically, emotionally and mentally prepare for the day. And of course, eat breakfast. When you start your day off on a high note, the day will feel better overall, which leads to more positive thinking.

 

2. Make a gratitude list.

Be positive by maintaining an attitude of gratitude. Take some time to sit down and consider the things in your life you are truly grateful for. Once your list is compiled, find a safe place to keep it where you can see it consistently. For example, on your phone, at your desk at work or on a bookmark. Read through the list as often as you can to remind yourself of all the good things in your life and maintain a positive mindset.

 

3. Rework your response.

When something challenging or difficult happens in our lives, it’s easy to immediately respond negatively. Instead, rewire your brain by making a conscious effort to rework every negative response you have. For instance, instead of thinking, “Wow, I hate having to work late,” consider, “This is building up my experience for better opportunities later on.” By immediately changing your negative response into a positive one, you inherently rewire your brain to think positively rather than the alternative.

 

4. Stay active.

Too much idle time can result in opportunity for a downtrodden mindset. Instead, stay active and engaged with different activities and hobbies. Find things you enjoy to fill your time and thoughts with positive moments. If you’re more of a laid back person, you can still keep your mind active by reading books, playing games or even taking up writing. When you feel negative thoughts coming on, finding a positive outlet is a great way to channel them in a new direction.

 

5. Take care of yourself.

How can your brain be positive if your body doesn’t feel that way? Taking care of yourself physically, emotionally and mentally are vital to living a positive lifestyle. Make sure to eat healthy, get exercise and build joyful relationships with loved ones for a life you can feel good about. When you feel good, chances are your brain will follow suit with more positive ideas.

 

6. Support others.

Finally, when we give to others, we find joy in our own lives. Support others in your community by volunteering for causes you care about or donating to local nonprofit organizations. Supporting others is the ultimate way to give love, which you in turn receive. And when we put good out into the world, our brains reprogram to feel good and think good thoughts.

If you want to live a more altruistic lifestyle, start by reprogramming your brain to think more positively. Try out these six tips to focus your thoughts and train your brain to be more positive. When we think positive, we send positivity out into the world for others to enjoy as well.

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