CADA was established as a grassroots collaborative that grew out of the efforts of several local women active in the battered women's movement. In 1979, CADA's founders signed the articles of incorporation with the goal of providing safety to victims of domestic violence in the Mankato area. In 1981, thanks to the support and funding from our community, the doors to the first CADA shelter opened.
Throughout the 1990s, as the area grew along with the need for services, CADA explanded throughout the eight-county region. In 1997, CADA built a new home office and shelter location, allowing us to serve even more individuals and families in the community.
Today, CADA provides services throughout an eight-county region in south central Minnesota. We have six advocacy office locations, three Keep Me Safe locations, and one emergency safety shelter that can house up to 22 women and children at a time. Last year, CADA served over 2,000 individuals.
CADA promotes safety through our emergency shelter services and safety planning with victims and survivors.
CADA respects and upholds client and organizational confidentiality.
CADA advocates practice an empowerment-based advocacy model where victims and survivors guide their own journey and advocates assist individuals in maintaining control over their lives and choices.
CADA seeks to reach underserved populations through outreach efforts as well as through inclusion and representation at all levels of the organization.
CADA works closely with agency partners and community organizations in order to increase safety for victims and survivors and to create healthier communities.
CADA acts with integrity and remains accountable to our funders, the community, and the people we serve.
CADA believes that domestic and sexual violence are preventable and we practice innovative prevention efforts.
CADA works for community change to individual, societal, and institutional attitudes and behaviors that perpetuate violence.