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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

Ways to Keep Calm and Focus on Mental Health

Ways to Keep Calm and Focus on Mental Health

Doing good for the world starts by focusing somewhere you may not even think to look—It starts by focusing on yourself. Let’s think about this for a minute. The world of do-gooders is full of people so focused on helping others that they often forget to take care of themselves. That’s the perfect recipe for burnout, which in turn ends up helping no one at all. Check out these tips to focus on yourself so that you can keep spreading positivity and light by feeling well rested and ready to give it your all.  

 

Meditate

Calming your mind is not an easy task. Luckily, you don’t have to do it alone. We’re living in the 21st century where there’s an app for that, whatever you’re looking for. Hop on your smartphone and download a meditation app to help guide your journey. Soothing voices will walk you through exactly how to get started with meditation.

The best part is that meditating doesn’t have to be a lengthy commitment. Even 5–10 minutes daily can offer ample health benefits. Studies have shown that meditation can help reduce stress, help control anxiety, lengthen attention spans and improve overall mental health. 

 

Make Time for Yourself

Ask yourself: What’s one small thing you can do to make yourself happy today? It doesn’t have to be a big gesture. Here are a few examples of ways to focus on yourself:

  • Read a book you’ve been putting off.
  • Take a hot bath.
  • Go for a walk around the neighborhood. 
  • Meditate (see above!).
  • Call a friend you haven’t seen in awhile.

People say that mental health isn’t all about bath bombs and face masks, which is true. However, sometimes you simply need to treat yourself. If a face mask or a bath bomb will help you destress and relax, then by all means, go for it. 

 

Put Your Physical Health First

Mental health and physical health go hand in hand. When one is out of sync, the other can suffer as well. This works both ways. When your physical health suffers, your mental health can suffer. Likewise, when your mental health is down, you may not have the capacity to work on your physical health. Here are a few simple ways to help ensure your mental and physical health stay in sync. 

  • Try to get at least seven hours of sleep per night. Eight is even better.
  • Drink plenty of water throughout the day. Set a goal and stick to it!
  • Eat your vegetables (as many as you want!). Be sure to add some greens to each meal.

These are all things you’ve heard hundreds of times over the years and yet they’re still no easy feat. Start small and set tiny goals. If drinking water is your most neglected area, start by increasing your water intake by a small amount. Then the next week, add a little more. Before you know it, you’ll be up to drinking your recommended amount of water per day. 

 

Giving back to the world starts with you. How will you focus on your mental health this week? Use these reminders to take small steps toward putting yourself first. Who knows—what starts as a small habit could turn into a huge life change for the better.

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