Artist in Residence
Individuals residing in domestic violence shelters across the state recently had the opportunity to participate in an art project hosted by SEWA-AIFW and Violence Free Minnesota. Individuals were encouraged to submit works of art that demonstrated self-expression and representations of self. This was an opportunity for those staying in shelters to de-stress while also raising awareness about the impact of domestic violence on individuals. 

One young artist staying in CADA's shelter submitted multiple works of art. While this was a non-competitive project, SEWA-AIFW chose three of the best entries. The lion and frog drawings won first place and the young artist received a $300 gift card! 
CADA recently received a grant for $2,000 from The Pad Project to purchase period care products for our shelter and community advocacy offices. The Pad Project's mission is to create and cultivate local and global partnerships to end period stigma and to empower women worldwide. Founded by a group of high school students and their teacher, The Pad Project is a nonprofit dedicated to addressing global menstrual equity. Girls, particularly in low and middle-income countries, miss class because they lack access to affordable and hygienic menstrual products. 

The nonprofit's film, Period, End of Sentence., won the 2019 Academy Award for Best Documentary Short, further sparking a global conversation about menstrual equity. The documentary depicts how the installation of a pad machine provides access to affordable hygienic menstrual products and fosters a micro-economy for the women who operate it. 

CADA used the $2,000 grant from The Pad Project to purchase period care products to stock our shelter and our seven community advocacy offices. At CADA's shelter, we provide residents with hygiene items such as shampoo, body wash, period care products, and more. Understandably, we go through a lot of these products each year. Earlier in 2020, shelter advocates had to throw away many of the period care products we had on hand because they had expired. CADA relies heavily on donations to provide survivors with the hygiene and personal care items they may need throughout their shelter stay. 

Heather Medrow, an advocate in CADA's shelter said, "it is wonderful that we are able to help women with basic needs to help alleviate stress in their life." This grant has allowed CADA the flexibility to purchase a variety of products to meet the unique needs of those staying in shelter or those stopping into the office to meet with an advocate. Because of COVID-19, our shelter residents are not going out and about or shopping as much, or are facing tough economic hardships right now. It is wonderful to have a good supply of period products to give away, especially as we live through a global pandemic. 

We are beyond grateful to The Pad Project for their support of CADA's work and for the amazing and life-changing work they are doing locally and globally! Click here to learn more about The Pad Project. 
Meet CADA's Fall 2020 Interns

"I appreciate working with interns because they come with excitement, passion, and new ideas. It is fun to be able to pass on the joy of advocacy to others."
-Erika Boyer-Kern, Community Advocacy Manager

Update on CADA's Services During COVID Crisis
We want to continue to update you on CADA's services as we continue to live and work through a global pandemic. 

Advocacy Services:
Advocates throughout CADA's nine-county service area continue to offer phone or video meetings with victims and survivors. If it is not safe to meet by phone, advocates can meet with individuals in person while practicing health and safety precautions. 


Shelter remains open to those seeking safety from violence and abuse. Advocates and residents are taking precautions to keep everyone safe and healthy. 

Keep Me Safe Supervised Parenting Time and Exchange Centers:
In-person Keep Me Safe supervised visits and exchanges have resumed. To schedule a visit or exchange, please contact us at 507-625-8688 ext. 115 or email 

Education and Groups:
CADA is offering virtual support groups rather than in-person groups for victims and survivors. We are resuming in-person Southern Minnesota Offender Education Groups with limited class sizes starting on September 15th.

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