A Letter from the Director
Greetings and Happy New Year, 

2019 was a big year for CADA as we celebrated our 40th year serving victims and survivors in south central Minnesota. Over the last 40 years, CADA has provided life-saving and life-changing services to tens of thousands of individuals throughout the region. We are honored to do this work. Additionally, we are both awed and inspired by the work of those who came before us - what an amazing legacy to be a part of!
2019 brought a number of success. We celebrated our 40th anniversary with a successful fundraiser, Cupcakes and Beer: Cheers to 40 Years. We were overwhelmed by the amount of support from both sponsors and attendees. It was a real testament to the fact that our work and organization is a vital community-based solution to domestic and sexual violence. This year, we were awarded grant funds to expand our services to Martin County, which was the final unfunded county in Region Nine. CADA started as a small grassroots organization and has grown to a large agency providing services to nine counties with over 40 employees. We are the only professional agency in our field providing these services throughout the region! To further ensure quality programming and services for the individuals and families we serve, we created an Assistant Director position to help us provide further support as our service area expands. This is an exciting change to the structure of our organization!

2019 was not without its challenges. Funding sources we rely on are in jeopardy and the cost of services are rising. In order to continue to provide high-quality services and respond to the ever complex needs and barriers of victims and survivors, we need help from the community!

While CADA does the important work of providing life-saving and life-changing services to victims and survivors in our community, CADA is also about our collective future as a community! CADA is about ensuring that our children can grow up without the trauma of relationship violence or sexual assault.

In order to realize that vision, we need you. Give us a call or email today to learn more about how you can take your support to the next level.

In Community, 

Jason Mack
Executive Director 
 
January is National Stalking Awareness Month
The Stalking Prevention, Awareness, and Resource Center (SPARC) defines stalking as, "a pattern of behavior directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to fear." Stalking is serious and is a crime in all 50 states. Stalking can be violent and can escalate over time. Stalkers use a variety of tactics such as phone calls, unwanted gifts, showing up or approaching their victim, monitoring and surveillance of their victim, threats, damage to property, and more. Context is key, as a stalker often knows what will make their victim afraid. What is scary to a victim may not seem scary to an outsider.

  • The majority of stalking victims are stalked by someone they know, often a current or former intimate partner.
  • The average length of intimate partner stalking is over two years. 
  • 81% of women who were stalked by a current or former husband or cohabiting partner were also physically assaulted by that partner.
  • 57% of stalking victims were stalked during the relationship. 

According to SPARC, there is also a significant connection between stalking and intimate partner homicide. Stalking is an indicator or precursor behavior to intimate partner homicide. According to one study, 76% of intimate partner homicide victims were stalked.

Everyone deserves safety and to live without fear.

For more information about stalking and prevention, click here
Thank you for spreading hope over the holidays!

From the bottom of our hearts, we would like to thank everyone who took part in the 2019 Holiday Hope program! It is because of our generous donors and volunteers that many people in our community had presents under the tree and smiles on their faces. This year, a record number of people were helped through the Holiday Hope program.

157 individuals from 53 different families had their holiday wishes granted!

We are so grateful for the support from local businesses, families, clubs, and individuals who helped support the people we serve at CADA. Thank you to everyone who organized, donated, and wrapped gifts!
New Year's Resolution: Volunteer!
As we begin a new year, we often reflect on the past and think of ways we can make this new year even better than the last. Many New Year's resolutions involve self-improvement. Self-improvement and growth are important and honorable goals for a new year. But maybe this year, you can find growth through serving others and your community! 

Volunteering at CADA is a great way to give back to others, make a positive impact in the lives of your neighbors, and to have fun! 

Some volunteer opportunities at CADA include: 
  • Childcare volunteer
  • Kitchen volunteer
  • Volunteer on a board committee 
  • Administrative volunteering (filing, organizing, answering the door and greeting clients)
  • and more!
While volunteering is one of the most selfless acts, people who volunteer experience a lot of benefits! According to Volunteer Hub, "volunteerism has been shown to improve confidence, reduce depression, provide new skills, and increase socialization for those who commit their time." 

If you want to get involved with CADA's work and help victims and survivors, contact us now! 
December Highlights
We were grateful to receive a $1,250 grant from Consolidated Communications last month! In celebration of 125 years of service, Consolidated Communications employees selected a different nonprofit organization each month the past year to receive this donation. Click here to read more.   
This year, CADA's staff holiday party took place at the Mankato Curling Club. We had a local curling expert teach us how to curl and we had some fun on the ice! We were able to take an afternoon to eat food, play games, and spend time together as a team! Thanks to our board of directors for sponsoring the party!
Santa came to visit the children and families staying in CADA's shelter in December. Before the kiddos came to tell Santa about their holiday wishes, CADA staff got to meet Santa! 
THANK YOU to everyone who came to the 5th annual Great Mankato Toy Drive at Nakato last month! Donors brought some amazing gifts and enjoyed live music and great food! All the gifts brought many smiles to local children and families. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
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24-hour Crisis Line: 1-800-477-0466
Blue Earth County: 507-625-8688
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Faribault County: 507-526-5275
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Waseca County: 507-835-7828
Watonwan County: 507-375-3040