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CASA Volunteer Joanne Tieman

Southeast CASA mourns the death of our dear friend and CASA volunteer, Joanne Tieman. Joanne was a CASA volunteer in Clay County and served from 2015 to 2020. She was a dedicated CASA volunteer and took on some very challenging cases, making a difference in the lives of the children she helped. Donations have been received at Southeast CASA in memory of Joanne's work as a CASA volunteer.


We're Seeking New Board Members!

Southeast CASA is looking for a few talented and caring volunteer board members to lead and strengthen our program of providing free advocacy services for abused and neglected children in southeastern South Dakota. We're seeking adults from communities in Clay, Union, Turner, Bon Homme and Yankton counties who want to make a difference in the lives of local children in need. Learn more about Southeast CASA at www.southeastcasa.org. If you can contribute your time, thoughtfulness, and leadership, and are interested in exploring board service, please call the director of Southeast CASA at 605-760-4825 to find out whether this opportunity is right for you.


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!

  • Yankton Medical Clinic
    Yankton Medical Clinic
  • First Dakota National Bank
    First Dakota National Bank
  • Sanford Vermillion
    Sanford Vermillion

    Sponsor of CASA training

  • United Way Yankton
    United Way Yankton

    Yankton County agency

  • United Way Vermillion
    United Way Vermillion

    Clay County agency

  • Vishay
    Vishay

    Annual sponsor

  • Kolberg Pioneer
    Kolberg Pioneer

    Annual sponsor

How to Create New Habits That Stick

Rome wasn’t built in a day. We all know that progress takes time. However, that’s easier said than done! For example, after a few days of eating healthier and exercising, many of us become frustrated when we don’t see quick results! Or, maybe you start off strong with a New Year’s Resolution, but by the middle of January, you’ve failed, and you’re back to your own ways. 

Take heart in knowing you’re not alone. Many of us fail to follow through on creating a new habit that truly sticks. However, If you’re looking for a way to build a habit that lasts, there are some tried-and-true steps you can take to succeed! Check out these five tips to succeed the next time you’re looking to build a new habit. 

 

1. Determine Your Goal

Step one is to determine what you’d like to achieve. Kick smoking to the curb. Eat more vegetables. Get more steps in your day. Volunteer one time per week for a month or entire year! Whatever the goal, creating a new habit starts with looking at the big picture. 
Determine what exactly you would like the outcome to be. For example, if you’re hoping to get in shape, that may be your big picture goal, and going to the gym a certain number of times per week could be how you’re going to achieve that goal. 

 

2. Start Small

Remember, just because you started with the big picture goal doesn’t mean you should jump right in full-force. Going too big into a change can make it unmanageable, resulting in the person being more likely to fail. If you’re trying to increase your step count to 10,000 steps per day, and you’re currently doing 1,000, start by trying to achieve 2500 each day. Over time, that will feel like a breeze, and you can increase your steps to get closer to your ultimate goal.
 

3. Capture Your Progress

Write it down. Take pictures. Log it in your computer. Seeing truly is believing, so make sure to keep track of your progress somewhere that you’ll see it. In addition, make sure to give yourself grace if you slip up. Just because you missed a day or slipped back into an old habit doesn’t mean that your entire goals are ruined. Instead, it’s just a setback! Keep going and get back on that horse the next day.
 

4. Make it Fun

Habits are more likely to stick if you’re having fun while doing them. If you view something as a chore and dread it, you’re much more likely to quit. Consider how you can incorporate fun into your new habit building. Make a game out of it. Give yourself a reward every 10 days you complete a task. The more fun you have, the more likely you’ll be to keep moving forward!
 

5. Find Your Support Group

Although it can be formalized, a support group could also be a good friend or somebody trying to achieve the same goals. Find somebody who will help hold you accountable and who you can check in with to give a progress update. Come up with a time period where you promise to check in, or ask if it’s okay to call if you feel like slipping up on your habit. 

 

Habits aren’t built overnight. It’s important to find your big goal and then start small. Remember that tiny steps will add up to miles of progress over time. There’s no time like the present to start building healthy habits that will last for a lifetime. If you fall off on your habits, don’t worry! There’s always tomorrow to give it another go. 

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