Looking Forward to 2021
Happy New Year to you all! We are so happy to be on the other side of 2020 and hope that better things are coming to everyone this next year. We are excited about some changes and new projects at CADA in 2021.

So, what can you expect from CADA in 2021?

  • A virtual open house this spring
    We had hoped to bring an in-person event to the community this year, but with the uncertainty of COVID still facing us, we've decided to plan a virtual open house this spring. You can join us on a virtual tour of CADA's shelter, Keep Me Safe centers, and our office spaces and meet some of our staff. Stay tuned for details in the coming months. 
  • (Hopefully) Returning to in-person services
    We hope to be able to return to offering in-person services like support groups as soon as it is safe to do so. Throughout the pandemic, advocates have been offering both virtual and in-person meetings with victims and survivors, with many people opting for virtual meetings. However, we've had to move our support groups to a virtual format. Hopefully, it will be safe to be in person in 2021! 
  • Prevention and education partnerships with area youth
    In 2020, we saw some amazing and inspiring activism and self-advocacy from youth in our communities. As a part of CADA's violence prevention efforts, we have partnered with a social justice group at Mankato West High School called Moving Our Futures Forward. In 2021, you can look forward to more collaboration with local youth on efforts to end violence and oppression in all forms. 
  • A new logo
    We began discussing a new logo in 2019, as we were approaching our organization's 40th anniversary. Our agency continues to grow and change in order to best serve our community, and we want to make sure that our logo and look reflects where we are and who we are as an organization. We are working with a local graphic design company and will be unveiling a new logo and look this year.

We were astounded by the support from everyone who donated to Holiday Hope to help families working with CADA have a joyous holiday season. This was a tough year financially for so many individuals and families in our community. Christmas morning would have looked a lot different without the generosity of our Holiday Hope donors. 
On behalf of the entire CADA team, I would like to extend a HUGE THANK YOU to all of our incredible Holiday Hope 2020 donors. Even in the midst of a global pandemic, we were able to fulfill wish lists of 180 individuals from 59 separate families! The amount of gratitude and joy from the people we serve and their kiddos was immeasurable. Please know that your kindness and generosity has brought so much JOY and HOPE into the lives of those who need it the most. Thank you again and may you have a blessed New Year!

-Debi Burg, Child and Family Advocate
“I just wanted to thank everybody that participated in and volunteered for Holiday Hope. As a single mother of two little girls now, I was touched by the compassion and the generosity from the families, the volunteers welcomed us with open arms and there is just no judgment whatsoever. Such an incredible experience after a chaotic year of unfortunate events. I will never forget the light to my daughter's eye when she opened her gifts the last year, gifts I never could have afforded. This program gave us hope- for a better year, a brighter future and a new life.”

-Anonymous Survivor

Thank You for a Successful Season of Giving
This year, you not only came out and helped buy gifts for families, but you also helped us have our most successful fundraising campaign EVER! Your generosity and support helped us break our end-of-year fundraising record, and during a global pandemic, no less. Your donations are already being put to use to help victims and survivors access CADA’s life-saving and life-changing programs and services.

While CADA receives financial support through grants and government funds, donations from individuals, businesses, and community organizations help us be flexible and responsive to the unique needs of the people we serve. We know that violence and trauma can impact every area of a survivor’s life, and donations go a long way in helping us meet victims’ needs. Everyone’s needs are different and there is no “one size fits all” solution. Donations can help put groceries in a survivor’s fridge, or fund a virtual support group, or pay for a lock change, or fund a hotel stay for a family seeking safety when our shelter is full.
By giving to CADA, you’re making a statement about the kind of community you want to live in. Thank you for joining us in helping create violence-free homes and communities. From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you!

Update on Collaboration with Mankato-Area Youth
On December 17th, CADA, along with Indya Campbell from Moving Our Futures Forward (a youth-led social justice group at Mankato West) hosted two virtual community discussions on the topic of equity in education. This event brought together Mankato-area youth, adults and professionals all working to support community-level change.

The purpose of bringing all of these folx together was to gauge interest in creating a coalition of youth-led groups, nonprofit organizations, and adults in the community interested in supporting and working on social justice issues in the community. Participants discussed what issues they’re seeing in the community that need attention, resources everyone should know about, and barriers people are facing in creating change.

Lots of great connections were made at these discussion sessions and we look forward to continuing the collaboration in the future. Keep an eye on CADA’s social media pages and our newsletters for more information about upcoming community events!

Click here to email Sabrina Mercedes, CADA's Prevention and Education Program Manager, for more information

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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