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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

Mindfulness Meditation and How It Can Improve Your Life

Mindfulness Meditation and How It Can Improve Your Life

Meditation has existed for centuries, but we have now begun to understand the benefits it can provide us. The practice uses a technique to rest the mind and achieve a mentally clear and emotionally calm, stable state. 

What used to be considered a strange and unreliable exercise has now grown in popularity among a wide audience; Oprah, NFL players, even the U.S. Marine Corps have adopted meditation to achieve an improved mental state. 

Meditation is powerful and can improve your life, but if you’re still unsure whether it is a practice worth trying, check out these top benefits.

 

Understand your pain.

Anxiety and mental pain can be underlying distractions in your day-to-day life. By allowing your thoughts to vacate your mind, you can begin to understand firsthand what may be causing your pain and anxieties.

 

Reduce stress.

We all experience stress at some point in our lives, some more than others. There is substantial evidence that shows excess stress can cause illnesses and make other illnesses worse. Mindfulness helps to reduce this stress and provide clarity.

 

Connect better.

Your attention is on something at all times, so it’s easy to lose focus. Do you ever find yourself staring blankly at someone who is speaking to you and have no idea what they are saying? Taking a few minutes a day to focus on your mind can help to give full attention during interactions with others.

 

Improve focus.

It can be frustrating when your mind strays or you’re being pulled in several directions. Meditation hones your innate ability to focus, which can help to improve the processing of information, memory retention, problem solving and decision-making skills.

 

Reduce brain chatter.

The persistent voice in your mind might seem to never take a break. Isn’t it time that it should? A few deep breaths can help bring clarity and organization to our inner voice.

 

Achieve emotional excellence. 

We all want to feel good emotionally. Simple meditation can help decrease levels of depression, increase serotonin production for improved mood, boost steadiness and harmony and enhance self-esteem and self-acceptance.

 

When it comes to mindfulness meditation, these benefits are just the tip of the iceberg. The practice has been shown to drastically improve positive outlook and quality of life.

Sure, it can be difficult to find the time, to remain still or keep the mind from racing. Allow your thoughts to go without reacting to them. When mindful meditation becomes part of your daily routine, you’ll notice its benefits become a regular part of your life. How do you get started? Check out books on the topic or download an app on your phone for a way to take meditation with you wherever you go.

Still on the fence about mindfulness meditation? Taking just 10 minutes a day to quiet your mind, breathe deeply and self-reflect, you will be surprised how great you will feel. Truth is, 10 minutes of mindfulness meditation can add decades to your life with greater clarity and peace of mind.

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