CADA opens in new location

Staff phoot by Clay Schuldt CADA cutline: Mollie Beranek (bottom right corner) gives a tour of the new Keep Me Safe room at the CADA building on Minnesota Street. The Keep Me Safe room is designed a friendly-safe and education enivornment for children to meet with their non-custodial parents.

NEW ULM –The staff of Committee Against Domestic Abuse (CADA) was excited to open its remodeled office to the public during an open house event Friday.

Last April, CADA moved from Seventh North Street to its new location at 4 N. Minnesota St. Brown County Program Coordinator Sara Neidecker-Schoo said the office was moved to the Minnesota Street location to accommodate the new services for survivors of domestic and sexual violence.

Over the last year CADA has built a special facility to provide supervised parenting and visitation. The program is called “Keep Me Safe” and is designed a friendly, safe and education environment for children to meet with their non-custodial parents.

Keep Me Safe supervisor Mollie Beranek said the Keep Me Safe facility has been open since November. Before the renovation of the office, parents and children in the visitation program met at Brown County facilities. Brown County was the latest CADA facility to build Keep Me Safe facility. Similar programs were already offered in Nicollet and Blue Earth.

Beranek said the new space on Minnesota Street offers more room and is more convenient for families.

Neidecker-Schoo said the move to downtown Minnesota Street offers better visibility. Many CADA clients are referred to them through local law enforcement and victims services, but they do accept walk-ins at no charge. No one is turned away.

CADA provides assist victims through education and emotional support. A 24-hour crisis response line is available for victims. CADA will help with court orders for protection, restraining orders and attend criminal court on behalf of victims.

“We’re trying to do everything to make our clients life easier,” Neidecker-Schoo said. “We’re in vested in that.”