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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 Say “Thank You” with Love Languages

There’s no sugarcoating it—life can’t be easy 100% of the time. Without the hard times, it would be impossible to truly celebrate the good times! One way that we can help people who may be going through a hard time is to express why you’re thankful for their support, their hard work or even the simple act of being a friend. While you could send a typical thank you card in the mail, there are other ways to go above and beyond to express your gratitude.

Dr. Gary Chapman is the author of the bestselling The 5 Love Languages® books. Based on his writing, Dr. Chapman outlined five different ways that people in your life like to receive love from others. While one person may see somebody doing a chore for them as a huge act of kindness, another person may see simply hanging out with them as a way to express their gratitude and love. Take time to learn about each love language and consider how you might be able to show your appreciation for someone in your life based on their preferred love languages!

 

1. Quality Time

Some value spending quality time with those they love and see it as a form of gratitude and appreciation. If somebody in your life values quality time as their love language, ask them to do one of their favorite activities or even one of yours. All that matters to this person is that you spend time together—it doesn’t matter what you’re doing! 

 

2. Acts of Service

Doing a chore or favor for somebody can be a wonderful form of gratitude. Mow the lawn for your neighbor. Pick up groceries this week instead of your partner. Babysit for a friend in need. Those who prefer acts of service as their love language appreciate when you take the time to do something for them to show your gratitude.
 

3. Physical Touch

A high-five for a job well done. A hug on an especially hard day. A hand to hold when crossing the street. Some people prefer physical contact as their love language, while others strongly shy away from it. It’s important to know your audience and respect boundaries. However, if your friend loves to receive hugs and you love to give them, meet your friend with a warm hug the next time you see them, and let them know how much you appreciate them!

 

4. Gifts

When you hear that “gifts” is a love language, you may think you’re about to break your budget. However, somebody who values gifts as their love language doesn’t necessarily mean they are looking for something big and expensive. Instead, gifts could include a handwritten note, a baked treat to brighten their day or a coffee just because. Gifts simply means that you give this person something that says “I was thinking about you, and I appreciate you.”
 

5. Words of Affirmation

Some people simply need to hear you say it—whatever “it” is. Tell them how much you appreciate them. Say “thank you” out loud. Let me know that you noticed that they did something nice for others. People who value words of affirmation as their love language want you to tell them out loud that you see their efforts, you appreciate them and you simply love them for them! 

 

Take the time to find out how those around you like to receive gratitude, appreciation and love. You’ll find that meeting them with the love language they most appreciate will help strengthen your relationships. Have a conversation with your loved ones, and see what you both value as your love languages! 

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