Many individuals and families working with CADA struggle to put gifts under the tree because of financial struggles. Financial abuse happens in 99% of abusive relationships and because of this, many people we work with don’t have enough money to go around, especially during the holidays. You can help make this season magical for
Each year, donors and business sponsors come together to make the holidays a bit brighter by shopping for holiday gifts for individuals and families working with CADA. Last year, people like you helped bring gifts to nearly 200 individuals from 59 different families!
Adults and children working with CADA create a holiday wish list. At CADA, we do our best to provide basic necessities to the people we serve, so we encourage people to put items on their list that are truly wishes – things that will bring them joy. CADA Elves (donors) are then given wish lists and pick out the perfect items for the people they’re sponsoring.
As a CADA Elf, you’ll be matched with as many wish lists as you choose. On average, it costs about $50 to fulfill a wish list. You can shop for one person or an entire family! Simply click the button below to learn more and sign up to be a CADA Elf. 
On Friday, October 19th, we wished Stacy Thompson, our Community Advocate in Waseca, a happy 20 year CADA-Versary! 

Stacy did a short interview with Kristen, CADA’s Development & Communications Manager, and reflected on the last 20 years. 
Kristen: What brought you to CADA back in 2001? 
Stacy: An internship. Of course, I went into corrections thinking I was going to work at the federal prison in Waseca.  Boy was I wrong, my senior year of college we went on a tour of the facility and I was scared to death. There was no way I could work in the prison setting. Victim services seemed safer to me so I did my 480-hour internship out of the Waseca County office, which at the time was named “Waseca Crisis Center.” After my internship was over, I knew this was something I enjoyed so I stayed on as a volunteer knowing that the DV Program Coordinator at the time was looking for something different. A short time into my volunteering a position opened up, I interviewed, got the job and the rest is history. 
Kristen: What are some changes you've seen in the anti-violence movement in the last 20 years? 
Stacy: Over the past 20 years, I feel as if the anti-violence movement has made significant strides. Our criminal justice system and other professionals in the field take a more serious approach to domestic and sexual violence now. I also see that a lot more education is being done with our systems folks, schools, and community members.

Kristen: How has working in the Waseca community changed over the years?
Stacy: One of the major changes is that Waseca County CADA office used to have two advocates. One for sexual assault and one for domestic violence. We went to just one advocate about 10 years ago. Over the last 20 years, I have seen lots of changes in our systems people. I have been through dozens of different officers, three judges, three county attorneys, and the list goes on.

Kristen: What are some of your most treasured CADA memories?
Stacy: The things that I cherish most about my CADA memories are the friendships that I have built along the way. Another great memory is the Peace Walk. You may have heard someone, maybe me, talk about the Peace Walk in the past. It was a passion of mine and I loved the involvement we had from staff in putting this event together. 
Domestic and sexual violence are issues that intersect with so many other issues – poverty, mental health, community safety, children, homelessness, systemic oppression. 
Economic abuse occurs in 99% of abusive relationships. Many people are unable to escape, or return to abusive relationships because of their financial situation. Furthermore, relationship abuse can keep people trapped in poverty for a lifetime.

Mental health
When someone experiences trauma like relationship abuse or sexual violence, they are often left with significant mental health issues. These conditions can be severe and long-lasting. The mental health impacts are not only felt by adults, but also by children in the home.

Community safety
Victims and survivors of relationship abuse and sexual violence often face legal issues. It is not uncommon for a victim or survivor to face criminal charges because of what they need to do to survive. Furthermore, a large percentage of violent crime in our communities is related to domestic or sexual violence. 
Children, whether the experience or witness abuse at home are certainly impacted by this trauma. Witnessing or experiencing abuse as a child can lead to any number of issues from social issues, problems in school, or complex health issues.
Relationship abuse is a leading cause of homelessness. When people flee an abusive relationship, they often are forced to live with friends or family or seek emergency shelter. Across the country, domestic violence shelters are full and sometimes, a victim has nowhere to turn.

Systemic oppression
Domestic and sexual violence are issues that affect people of all genders, races, and socio-economic classes. But, domestic and sexual violence also thrive in inequitable environments. These are issues that are about power and control and we know that those individuals in our community who have less access to resources or power are more likely to experience violence and be more severely impacted by that violence and trauma. 
Domestic and sexual violence are more than individual problems; they are COMMUNITY problems that need a COMMUNITY solution. Everyone has a part to play in creating violence-free homes and communities. 

If any of these issues are close to your heart, give to CADA today!
When a victim or survivor comes to one of our CADA offices, we strive to make that individual as comfortable as possible. Sometimes, one of the most welcoming things we can offer someone is a hot cup of coffee or tea. Starting in January, we would like to have a beverage station set up at each of our seven offices so that we can easily offer someone a hot cup of comfort! 

People come by our offices at all times of the day, and we can’t always ensure we have a fresh pot of coffee ready, so a single-cup machine would work best for our needs. 
You can help us by purchasing an item from our beverage station wish list! Some things we need include: 
  • Keurig machines
  • Keurig cups
  • Coffee mugs
  • Sweeteners and creamers
  • Stir sticks
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24-hour Crisis Line: 1-800-477-0466
Blue Earth County: 507-625-8688
Brown County: 507-233-6663 OR 
Faribault County: 507-526-5275
Le Sueur County: 507-934-5583
Martin County: 507-399-2001
Nicollet County: 507-934-5583
Sibley County: 507-233-6666
Waseca County: 507-835-7828
Watonwan County: 507-375-3040