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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

How to Separate Work from Life When You Work from Home

COVID-19 has drastically changed the way we work, live and play. Whether you liked it or not, the global pandemic spawned a forced hibernation for many people inside their homes. Workplaces across the world shut down to help stop the spread of the virus, which left many working from home. When work and life suddenly collide, it’s hard to find the right work/life balance for your mental health and wellbeing. Check out these tips to make the most of your work-from-home situation so you can continue to put forth your best efforts in all you do. 

 

Set boundaries.

Inevitably, when you work and live in the same place, boundaries will be blurred. Children could come bursting through the door when you’re on a Zoom call, or a cat could jump up and knock over your water. However, there are steps you can take to ensure that boundaries are set.

If you’re able, dedicate a space in your home as a “work zone.” Don’t allow your work to flow over into your personal spaces, like taking meetings from bed or making the couch your new office chair. That way, your mind will be able to separate your personal life from your professional life. 

 

Stick to a routine.

A routine helps to provide a sense of normalcy. (If that even still exists.) Try to wake up at the same time every day, as well as going to bed at a reasonable hour to get enough sleep. 

If you were going into an office in the past, it was most likely easier to start work at a certain time and leave at the end of the day. Just because you’re skipping the commute doesn’t mean you should sacrifice this same thinking. Fight the urge to start working the moment you wake up and take the time to start your day. Set a time limit for your workday and put the laptop away after the time has run out. 

 

Find activities you can do safely outside of the house.

Cabin fever is a real thing. If you’re feeling restless in this new reality, you’re not alone. That’s why it’s important to get out of the house when you can safely do so. Try an activity like spending an hour each week volunteering. You’ll be doing good for your mind and your community. Other examples include visiting friends outdoors where you can be socially distanced. This will help you interact safely outside of your home office. 

 

Look forward to the future.

While we’re not in the clear with this virus yet, there is hope as cases trend downward. Don’t be afraid to hold on to the hope that you can soon safely be amongst coworkers and friends. Even if you’re now permanently working from home, there will still be options in the future to work in coworking spaces or visit a coffee shop. 

 

When you feel good, you’re more likely to do good in the world and at work. Make sure you’re able to set boundaries to help improve your work-from-home life. Whether you’re temporarily balancing your work and personal life or plan to continue your stay-at-home job, it takes practice and clear boundaries. Overall, make sure you set good habits and stick to them for improved health and wellbeing during your work from home life.

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