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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

Meditation Apps and Tips for a Healthy Life

When it comes to the word “healthy,” there are many different meanings. Some focus on “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” or other physical health benefits. However, to lead a fulfilled life, being healthy is about much more than just the physical. It involves your mental well-being, too. 

One way to put your mental health first is to take a few moments for guided meditation and thoughtful reflection every day. Studies show that this can help reduce stress and help you live your best life. If you’re ready to get started, let’s dive in! Check out the below tips and tricks to get started on your journey toward total health and well-being through meditation.

 

Start Small

You’re busy. Whether it’s a crazy work-life, parent-life or a host of other day-to-day tasks, there is never enough time. Luckily, getting started with meditation can be as simple as devoting 5 to 10 minutes per day. Then, if you decide you love the health benefits and the mental clarity, you can continue to incrementally increase your devoted meditation time. Set a timer on your phone to remind yourself each day when it’s time to put in your meditation minutes. 

 

Find an App to Guide You

Long gone are the days where you needed to find an in-person guide to help you with meditation. We’re living in the 21st century, which means ample technology is available to help you get started. From apps to online videos, there are plenty of ways to get zen from the comfort of your own home. A quick search online will return a list of free or inexpensive ideas to kickstart your journey. Some apps and tools that can help you get started include: 

  • Headspace App
  • Calm App
  • MyLife App
  • Meditation Studio App
  • Youtube Videos
  • Online Classes

 

Discover Endless Benefits

Sure, meditation is a great way to calm your mind and thoughts. However, it’s also the source of a multitude of other health benefits. Thoughtful reflection has been proven to help reduce stress and anxiety, create a heightened sense of self-awareness and reduce negative emotional responses. When you’re feeling your best, you’re also more likely to do good in the world. That’s right—taking time to focus on yourself can actually benefit others! You’ll feel refreshed and ready to show the world your kindness. 

 

Now that you know something as simple as five minutes of your day can produce so many positives in the world, it’s time to put your meditation into practice. Take advantage of online and free resources to help you get started. It can also be helpful to involve a friend who can check in and keep you accountable. Remember, it’s just five minutes of your time for endless health benefits for you and others. 

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