A Letter from the Director

Happy Spring! I must admit that this spring weather is quite refreshing after such a long, snowy winter. As the new season blooms, we at CADA are also blossoming. I mentioned in our last newsletter that CADA's 40th anniversary is this November and we are very excited to announce that we will be hosting a birthday party celebration on the evening of Thursday, November 7th! Mark your calendars and stay tuned for more details.

As we move through our 40th year, we have reflected on our past, our roots as an organization, and where we have been. And now we are looking at where we want to go in the future. For the past several months, we’ve been working on a strategic plan which is almost complete. We are looking closely at the details of our work and are making plans for the next three years in order to set ourselves on a good path toward the next 40 years. Our strategic plan for the next three years focuses on:

  • Improving what we already do to support the people we serve
  • Reaching out to people who aren’t accessing or aren’t able to access our services but may need them
  • Working on systems-level change by working with community partners and community agencies, as well as through prevention and education efforts
Throughout the strategic planning process, we have continued to look back to our mission and our values to make sure we were on the right path. We hope you’ll join us as we move into the future with both honesty about the brutal facts of domestic and sexual violence and a vision for a future without the prevalence of this violence in our homes and communities.

In solidarity,

Jason Mack
Executive Director
Minnesota Leads the Way - A Rally to End Domestic Violence

On March 27th, community members and advocates teamed up to take part in the statewide day of action! Rally attendees signed postcards addressed to legislators asking them to support essential funding bills to support survivors and domestic violence services.
Awareness Committee

Throughout Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April, we reflected a lot on our awareness efforts at CADA. We want to increase engagement with our community and increase public awareness on issues surrounding domestic and sexual violence. We formed an Awareness Committee - a group of staff and advocates from various programs at CADA who will take on the planning of our awareness initiatives.

The committee will plan campaigns and activities that bring domestic and sexual violence to the public to start a dialogue and encourage people to take action with us! The committee will plan activities for Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Teen Dating Violence Month, Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and more.
Staffing and Structure Change

We are making some exciting changes to our staffing and structure at CADA. In January, our Development Director, Kirby Hurd, moved on to a new opportunity (and graciously stayed on as a board member). This change prompted leadership to examine our current needs and address how our organization has grown over the last several years. We recognized a need to continue our development efforts which include grant writing and fundraising. We also wanted to ensure our program managers and staff continue to receive the support they need to best serve victims and survivors. Through brainstorming and careful planning came the assistant director position.
We are happy to announce that our new assistant director is Brittany Wojtowicz, LGSW. Brittany will supervise CADA’s Community Advocacy Manager, Education Program Manager, Keep Me Safe and Offender Education Program Manager, and our Shelter Manager. She will also focus on writing grants to support these programs. Other duties of the Development Director position will be split between the Executive Director and the Development and Volunteer Manager.

Brittany will take on the Assistant Director duties in the fall. We are hiring for Brittany’s current position, Keep Me Safe and Southern MN Offender Education Program Manager.
Zonta Helps Celebrate Mother's Day

On Saturday, May 4th, members from Mankato’s Zonta Club hosted a
Mother’s Day celebration for the women and children in shelter.
Turning Passion into Action

In March, CADA received a $500 donation from Coughlan Companies on behalf of their employee, Amy Deike. Amy is an employee of Coughlan Companies and was honored for her outstanding volunteer service. Part of receiving this recognition was that Coughlan would donate $500 to the charity of the recipient’s choice, and Amy selected CADA!

Amy has a passion for supporting victims and survivors and puts that passion into action through her work with Advocacy for Victims of Abuse (AVA)– a ministry of Crossview Covenant Church in Mankato. AVA is a group that provides a safe space for support for those dealing with domestic violence within the church community. Amy and another AVA member met with us to share more about their work and their reasons for taking up such an important mission. AVA recognizes that spiritual abuse is a part of what can prevent women in the church from coming forward and seeking services. Click here to learn more about spiritual abuse.

Click here to to learn more about Advocacy for Victims of Abuse at Crossview Covenant Church.

CADA is grateful for the generous donation from Amy and Coughlan Companies and appreciate all that Advocacy for Victims of Abuse does to support victims and survivors in their church community.
Highlights from Sexual Assault Awareness Month
Thanks to the businesses and organizations who helped us spread awareness:
  • Fillin' Station
  • Jake's Stadium Pizza in Mankato
  • Curiosi-Tea House
  • Veros Tacos
  • Bumbelou
  • North Mankato Taylor Library
  • Blue Earth County Library in Mankato
  • South Central College
People across the world participate in Denim Day every April to raise awareness about sexual violence and protest victim blaming. For more information about the history of Denim Day, click here!
In April, we partnered with Radio Mankato and Alpha Media to promote the Rosemary Project.
You can join the sexual violence prevention movement by taking the Rosemary Pledge and committing to making small prevention steps. Click here to take the pledge!
Thank you to Zonta Club of Mankato for once again hosting the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event and fundraiser on Sunday, April 28th!

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