The Centers Against Abuse and Sexual Assault (CAASA) are no longer what they once were in Cherokee, but Julie Schulenberg, the CAASA Coordinator for Cherokee and Ida Counties, assures everyone that the agency is still a presence in the county and is available for anyone who seeks or requires their services.
CAASA has just moved their office to 112 N. 5th St. in Cherokee at the former location of Kids to Kids and, before that, Love Tire, located just across the street from the Law Enforcement Center.
CAASA has switched its focus from sheltering clients to providing prevention education and crisis counseling. Kristi Langschwanger serves as the Prevention Education Coordinator and provides clients with counseling, as well as providing educational presentations at area schools or other groups who request a presentation.
Schulenberger also noted that, even though Cherokee no longer has a shelter for victims and their children, they are still accepting donations to aid this group, either monetary assistance or items such as food or clothing.
Julie and/or Kristi can be reached at 712-225-5003, if further information or services are needed.
A CAASA-sponsored event is coming up this weekend at Koser Spring Lake Park in Cherokee. On Saturday, Sept. 19, the second annual "Break the Cycle" bike ride will take place at 1:30 p.m. This is a 25-mile bike ride, and for a $20/biker donation to the cause of "breaking the cycle" of domestic violence, bikers will receive a re-usable water bottle and a free meal to follow the ride. Call Julie at 225-5003 for registration information.
October is "Domestic Violence Awareness Month," and an event that is open to the public will be a Candelight Vigil at the United Methodist Church at 208 S. Kiel St. in Holstein. The vigil is an "opportunity to mourn those who have died, celebrate those who have survived (domestic violence), and connect those who have worked to end domestic violence." The vigil will be at the 9 a.m. service at the church.
For more information about Domestic Violence Awareness Month, or to find out how you can help, please contact Julie at the aforementioned phone number (1-712-225-5003).