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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 Put Mental Health First Every Day

It’s time to check in with yourself and those around you. Mental health has become a hot topic during the state of the pandemic—and for good reason. We’re all battling unstable waters even still as the pandemic continues to rage on more than a year later. 

In order to lead a truly altruistic life, it’s important to take stock of your own mental health, as well as those around you. There are a ton of free resources and tactics you can use to check-in and improve your mental clarity. Read these five ways you can put mental health first, both for yourself and others! 

 

1. Talk to Those Around You

Just because somebody seems to be happy on the outside doesn’t necessarily mean they’re feeling okay on the inside. Take the time to truly listen to those around you and ask how they’re doing, while expecting nothing in return. Life moves fast, and we’re all battling some sort of challenges. Too often, we have the knee-jerk reaction to respond with “good” when somebody asks how you’ve been. Take time to dig further into their feelings other than just their surface level response. You’ll be surprised at the relationships you build by simply taking the time to stop, listen and learn. 

 

2. Take Time for Yourself

Leading an altruistic lifestyle is also about being able to put your best self out into the world. Sometimes you must put yourself and your feelings first. There are various activities that can help you feel mental clarity, from meditation to a night with no screen time. Make sure to pay attention to your emotions and how you feel so that you can readjust your activities to give yourself the time you need. If you’re feeling mentally taxed or worn out, take time to reset. That way, you can help others do the same.
 

3. Donate or Volunteer

There are various causes and organizations that support mental health awareness and support. Consider donating your time or money to these organizations. Make sure to do your research to understand how your time or money will impact the organization so that you can do the most good for the cause. You can always research legitimate organizations by visiting IRS.gov.

 

4. Get Moving

Whether you’re helping a friend with their mental health or you’re prioritizing your own, take a walk together to get your heart rate elevated for at least 30 minutes. Although you may not want to exercise or move at first, by the end, you’ll thank yourself. Exercising releases endorphins, which are known to make you happy. Sweat it out with a friend and make sure to get into the sunlight for some added Vitamin D! Vitamin D has also shown to help increase happiness.

 

5. Work with Professionals

Life is heavy, and sometimes it’s best to seek the help of a professional. Speaking with somebody who is licensed and trained to help is a good idea. You can speak to an unbiased outside source, as well as get help that you truly need. Research to find someone who you feel comfortable speaking with so you can open up and be yourself. Speaking up is important to ensuring you are feeling your best. 

 

It’s time to put your mental health first. When you do so, you can also begin to help those around you prioritize their mental health. Please note that while there are simple ways to boost your mood highlighted in this article, please seek the guidance of a licensed professional to help you make the best plan of care for your personal needs. We hope these tips and tricks help you with your everyday focus on mental clarity and health!

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