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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 Seek Total Wellness for Yourself and Others

In order to give back to others, you also need to take care of yourself. It’s impossible to give your full attention to the needs of others when you may not be feeling your best. In order to live the most altruistic life possible, you should focus on leading a healthy life. When you hear the word “healthy” visions of cardio or crunches may come flooding to your mind. However, physical health is only covering one aspect of total health and wellness! Check out four aspects of health below so you can focus on living your best life. 

 

Financial Health

Financial wellness can vary largely depending on the person but comes back to the same set of principles. If you’re just starting out, set small goals to try to build healthy financial wellness habits. For example, contribute a small amount from each paycheck into a savings account.Think of a goal you have in mind, no matter how big or small. Maybe it’s to save for a down payment on a house. Or, maybe it’s to buy a pair of shoes you’ve been eyeing. Use that savings account to work toward a goal. 

Building a budget is a great way to work toward your financial goals. Look up an online template to help yourself get started, and add in what you typically spend today. Look for areas where you can trim or make goals for things you’d like to spend money on, like a purchase or donating to support your favorite organization.

 

Emotional Health

Sometimes to feel your best, you have to put yourself first. Take time to check in with yourself. That could mean a variety of different things, from canceling plans to have a night in or even meeting up with friends because you’ve had too much time on your own. Listen to what your body is telling you. Meditation can be a great way to focus on your emotional well-being. 

The pandemic has been especially hard on emotional wellness for many people. Don’t be afraid to talk with somebody about how you’re feeling, whether that be a professional or a friend, depending on what you need. 

 

Physical Health

While this is often the first type of health that comes to mind when you hear the word healthy, it’s still often neglected because, well, life is busy! However, physical health doesn’t have to be a commitment of hours at the gym every day. Instead, just 30 minutes of activity per day can help you stay healthy and strong. You can also get your 30 minutes a day in by doing things you might not consider “working out” but that count all the same. For example, spend 30 minutes walking around your community and picking up trash. Or, spend 30 minutes running around outside with your kids. There are plenty of ways to enjoy activities while also working on your physical health. 

 

Social Health

When you experience social well-being, it means you contribute to and belong to a social group or community. This can involve giving back to your community or simply belonging to a community group. At the height of social well-being, you feel a sense of belonging. In order to practice your social health, think about your hobbies and your community. How can you give back? How can you do more of what you love with people you love? Who could you call up to check in on? There are tons of little things you can do to check in with your social health and wellness.

 

Life happens, and focusing on all aspects of your health is easier said than done. Take small steps in each area to start building solid habits! Before you know it, you’ll be on your way to truly focusing on yourself, your wellness and happiness. When those needs are met, it’s easier to turn your focus to helping others!

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