Holiday Hope: CADA's Holiday Gift Giving Program
This has been a tough year financially for many people in our community, especially those navigating life after relationship abuse or sexual assault.

This holiday season, you can help families in our community by purchasing gifts for those in need. 

How does this work? Adults and children working with CADA create a holiday wish list. When you contact us, you'll be asked a few questions about how many individuals you'd like to shop for and the types of items you'd like to purchase. You'll then be matched with an individual or family and we will send you a wish list to fulfill! 

It typically costs about $50 to fulfill a wish list - you can shop for one person or an entire family! 

This year, for safety reasons, we are encouraging donors to shop online and have gifts shipped to CADA, along with some gift bags and tissue paper for easy wrapping. If you prefer to shop in person and bring your gifts to CADA, we will work with you to arrange a drop-off time. 
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Highlights from Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Last month was Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Every October, survivors, advocates, and supporters come together to raise awareness about domestic violence and work to end violence and abuse in our homes and communities. 

Check out some of the highlights from last month! 
Domestic Violence Memorial Walk

This display was along Stoltzman Road in Mankato for two weeks. Each sign honored one of the 21 Minnesotans who lost their lives to intimate partner homicide in 2019. 
The Mankato Free Press highlighted CADA and the ways the COVID pandemic has impacted victims and survivors of domestic violence. 

Click here to read the article! 
KEYC News Now helped raise awareness about domestic violence in a recent piece! 

Click here to watch!
Local businesses and individuals helped raise awareness by displaying Purple Ribbon posters at their locations or homes! 

Some of CADA's support groups are back up and running in a virtual format. Since it is still not safe to meet in person, we had to figure out a way to continue offering this crucial service to victims and survivors. Like many solutions these days, the answer was to go virtual. 

In order to facilitate a virtual support group, many safety precautions and confidentiality issues had to be considered. The goal is not only to protect victim and survivor confidentiality, but to also protect the group from "zoombombers," or unwelcome individuals who infiltrate and disrupt virtual meetings. CADA's group facilitators have a long list of safety precautions they use for every support group session. 

During support groups, survivors have a chance to connect with people who have been through something similar and process their experiences. Support group topics include: healing from trauma; self-care techniques and practices; understanding power and control; red flags of abusive relationships, and more. 

While a virtual group is not the ideal method for a support group, we are happy we can help people connect while staying physically apart. 

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:

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 kms@cadamn.org. 


Education and Groups:
CADA is offering virtual support groups rather than in-person groups for victims and survivors. We have resumed in-person Southern Minnesota Offender Education Groups with limited class sizes. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
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24-hour Crisis Line: 1-800-477-0466
Blue Earth County: 507-625-8688
Brown County: 507-233-6663
Faribault County: 507-526-5275
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Martin County: 507-399-2001
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Waseca County: 507-835-7828
Watonwan County: 507-375-3040