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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

5 Ways to Stay Positive in Trying Times

5 Ways to Stay Positive in Trying Times

With life looking much different than it did even a year ago, some days it’s hard to put on a smile and be positive. While we can’t control what happens in 2020, we can all take steps toward remaining positive even on the most challenging days. If you’re looking for a pick-me-up, consider taking these five steps daily to remind yourself of the positivity that exists around us. Sometimes you simply need to get creative!

 

1. Leave Yourself a Reminder

Everybody could use a little reminder to remain positive. You can get a small dose of brightness in your life by simply putting a note on your bathroom mirror that holds a positive message you want to remember. Why the bathroom? It’ll be the first thing you see in the morning and the last thing you’ll see at night. Whether this is a positive mantra you write on a sticky note, or a simple reminder of something that makes you smile, write it down and post it up on the mirror. Don’t be afraid to repeat your saying out loud each day. After all, if you can sing in the shower why shouldn’t you be able to talk out loud in front of the mirror?

 

2. Seek It Out

There’s positivity all around us, even when we don’t see it. Sometimes, you just have to look for it. Maybe you seek out a piece of good news each day to give yourself a boost of positivity. Or, maybe you make a point to perform an act of kindness each day. How about reading a good book and looking for positive affirmations inside? Remind yourself daily that there’s positivity in the world, and sometimes we just need to look. 

 

3. Don’t Compare Yourself to Others

Social media is one of the biggest culprits to lead us down a rabbit hole of self doubt. Remember that what you’re seeing online is only the highlight reel instead of the full picture. Many more people are struggling than what it actually appears online. If comparison is getting you down, consider cutting back on screen time and social media. Everybody has bad days—even the people who seemingly always keep it together. If you have the capacity, consider reaching out to a friend to check in for a positivity boost. 

 

4. Take Care of Yourself

It’s hard to remain positive when you’re overtired or feeling like you have nothing else to give. You have to be feeling good about yourself before you can project good vibes into the world. Make sure you’re getting enough sleep, eating enough vegetables and taking the time to ensure your mental health comes first. These tasks are all more challenging because of the world we’re living in today, but if you prioritize taking care of yourself, positivity will come more easily. 

 

5. Give Back

Consider doing good for others if you’re looking for some happiness in your own life. There’s nothing quite like the feeling you get when doing something good for others. This could be volunteering your time, helping out a friend or donating to a cause you love. Sometimes positivity happens when we aren’t thinking so hard and we’re simply ‘doing.’

 

There’s no doubt that times are difficult. Try to remember that during these tough times you are never alone. Look for the positive as you go throughout your day, and if you can’t find any positivity, learn to create it!

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