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I have sometimes heard advocates compare the impacts of abuse to dominoes falling. One seemingly isolated event can collide with other pieces of a survivor's life – knocking things down until every aspect of one's life has been touched by abuse. There are also many moments to help stop the cascade.

One story that illustrates this is Maya's. After Maya was physically assaulted by her partner, she met with Erika, one of CADA's advocates. Maya told Erika that she wanted to end the relationship and for her partner to move out. Because of the abuse she had endured, Maya's mental health, physical health, and relationships with her family had suffered.

Once Maya's partner was gone, the dominoes stopped falling. She still felt the impacts of the abuse, but she was able to start picking up the pieces. She picked up every shift she could and started saving money for a new apartment. Then everything changed.

The pandemic hit and Maya's were hours drastically cut. COVID knocked over another domino and Maya saw the pieces of her future plans start falling down one by one. That's when Maya called Erika again.

Erika offered emotional support, comfort, and stability during this scary time. Erika was able to use CADA funds to pay the deposit on Maya's new apartment.

As we live through a global pandemic, survivors are experiencing the dominoes falling faster and faster. Together we can step in and stop the dominoes from falling.

A donation from individuals like you can make a huge difference in situations like Maya's.  Your gift could help fund a restraining order or an apartment deposit. 

With your support, we can continue to provide victims and survivors with safety and support to help stop the cascading dominoes that fall after abuse.

Jason Mack 
Executive Director 
“My advocate helped me get a restraining order and move. He doesn’t know where we live and I’m not getting triggered anymore. I am happier! I’m so glad I was able to move and that I got help when I was in so much distress.”

We want to sincerely thank Maya, who gave us permission to share her story in order to highlight the important work CADA does. Her name and the details of her story have been changed.

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CADA's New Prevention Initiative
At CADA, our values include empowerment, prevention, and change. A new initiative of CADA's violence prevention programming is a partnership with Mankato youth organizations in empowering and supporting their social justice efforts. 
Sabrina Mercedes (pronouns they/them or she/her) was hired as CADA's Prevention and Education Program Manager in September. Since then, Sabrina has been working to build and foster relationships with Mankato organizations working on issues of equity, empowerment, and community safety. Many of the groups doing amazing work in our community are youth-led organizations. 
As a part of CADA's violence prevention work, we are partnering with Moving Our Futures Forward (MOFF), a youth-led social justice group at Mankato West High School. In conversations with students in MOFF, it became clear that their mission and goals overlapped with a lot of other groups and nonprofits in the community. That led to Sabrina and Indya Campbell, leader of MOFF, to the idea of forming a coalition of youth-led groups, nonprofit organizations, and individuals in the community interested in supporting and working on social justice issues in the community. 

The first step in creating this coalition is to gauge interest and excitement at a Virtual Community Interest Event. If you're interested in learning more about this coalition, or are interested in supporting the work of our community's youth, please join us at 12:00 p.m. or 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 17th. For more information about this event, click here to visit the event page on Facebook. 

We know that relationship abuse and sexual violence can thrive in inequity. Preventing violence and abuse requires us to collaborate with individuals, nonprofits, and groups working to end discrimination and inequities in all forms. We are excited to work with Mankato youth, as we believe it is our role to support and amplify their efforts in interrupting and disrupting issues of inequity. 

If you are looking for more opportunities to learn and share knowledge, Sabrina can offer workshops tailored to your group or organization on: active interruption (or bystander intervention), sexual violence 101, domestic violence 101, consent (for adults and/or youth), prevention and anti-racism education, working with survivors, and more. Do not hesitate to reach out to Sabrina to see how CADA can support your group or organization! 

Click here to email Sabrina. 

If you're passionate about social justice, making our community safer and more equitable, and believe youth have the power to create great change - join us for a community interest event!

As a part of CADA's violence prevention work, we are partnering with Moving Our Futures Forward, a youth-led social justice group at Mankato West High School. 

There is some amazing work being done by youth-led groups in our community. If you want to learn more about this work, get involved, or find out how to support our youth, JOIN US! 
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Even though CADA's shelter has no fireplace, staff improvised so that Santa could be sure to find his way this year! 
On December 2nd, we were surprised with an amazing donation from APX Construction! As a part of their 25 Days of Christmas, they donated pizza, desserts, and other goodies to everyone in shelter! We want to thank APX and those who nominated CADA for this amazing gift! 
Holiday Hope, CADA's holiday gift giving program, is in full swing! Debi, CADA's Child and Family Advocate keeps everything organized in the "Magic Holiday Hope Binder," pictured here. 

So far, we have wish lists from 133 individuals from 39 different families working with a CADA advocate. Everyone has a sponsor and we have more people wanting to donate! This is a wonderful problem to have! 

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 have resumed in-person Southern Minnesota Offender Education Groups with limited class sizes. 

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