She is the new face at the local CADA office
Same dependable services, but a brand new face in the Faribault County office. The Committee Against Domestic Abuse, or CADA, which is stationed in Mankato, has a new program coordinator in their Blue Earth-based office.
And, her name is Stacy?Huntington Scofield.
Scofield grew up in Faribault County. She went to school at Minnesota State University Mankato for Women’s Studies and English Literature. She then married her husband, who is also named Stacy.
They have three dogs and reside in Blue Earth.
For a while, Scofield worked at her family’s hair salon as a barber at Huntington’s, then assumed a role in the medical quality assurance industry. And, before she gained employment in the local CADA office, she was a process safety manager at Green Plains Ethanol plant.
Though Scofield was thankful to have employment, she says those jobs were lacking a level of fulfillment, and that is when she decided to apply for the CADA vacancy left open in Blue Earth when Deb Wiederhoft, CADA’s previous advocate, stepped into the role of Faribault County’s victim-witness coordinator.
“It was a shocking moment for me when I opened the issue of the Faribault County Register and saw the advertisement for the position,” says Scofield. “It was not only something I was passionate about, but it was in the place that I’m passionate about as well.”
Scofield had previously been on the Winnebago City Council for two years before she moved to Blue Earth and says she has always been passionate about her home community.
“I did something out of the ordinary when I applied for this job,” says Scofield. “Instead of writing a regular cover letter for this job, I wrote a letter one from the heart. Women’s rights and social justice as a whole have been topics I’ve been passionate about my whole life.”
And now, she gets to live out her passion everyday and serve the community she has grown up in.
“I heard back from CADA just two days after applying, and everything rolled out perfectly,” she says. “I informed my former employer of my new change and they were understanding. They could tell this was my passion.”
And a necessary passion it is to have, especially in small rural areas. Scofield shares, after multiple weeks of professional advocacy training, she’s learned that rural areas, like Faribault County, are much less likely to report domestic violence or sexual assault.
“This seems to be where ‘knowing your neighbor’ can become somewhat of a hindrance for people. People tend to report less because they fear friends and family will find out by word of mouth, et cetera,” says Scofield. “But at CADA, we are a confidential community of outreach and support for victims and survivors of all kinds male, female, or transgender. Not just women are affected by intimate partner violence.”
Intimate partner violence is a new term that comes from the ‘new wave’ of awareness; it is a term that incorporates diversity to the victims affected by it.
“We know that not just wives get abused. Not just husbands do the abusing. Not just married couples are affected, heck, not even couples are affected. Sexual assault and intimate partner violence can affect anyone,” says Scofield.
CADA’s services began in 1981 with four women who wrote multiple grants to help serve community members around the Mankato area who were involved in domestic violence or sexual assault. CADA now covers eight counties, including Faribault.
In 2016 alone, CADA helped 1,500 victims of intimate partner violence with a number of services including emergency shelter services, long and short-term safety planning, helping victims and survivors in gaining back and maintaining their own lives, through multiple educational efforts, as well as working jointly with area service providers in increasing victim safety.
“We are approaching kind of the third newer wave in the movement of domestic violence and sexual assault awareness,” says Scofield. “I think there is plenty to improve on in our area.”
Her focus in the upcoming years as Faribault County’s program coordinator is to refocus and engage the community in the never-ending difficult conversation of partner violence.
“We hope to do community outreach to the outlying towns in Faribault County as well as creating support groups depending on the need for them,” she says. “I like to be involved and out in the community. I want to be here for the long-run and create a solid network to help our community members and bring a voice to the victims.”
Scofield stresses that CADA is available to the community 24 hours a day and seven days a week.
“We provide a spectrum of services including legal accompaniment to court sessions or doctor’s appointments, we help write protective orders, and we have listening services, too. You don’t have to report to the police if you don’t want to; we are here to help in whatever way our victims and survivors need help.”
Scofield says there are three unique things that she brings to the table in her new position: passion, approachability, and her dedication to the community.
“Our mission at CADA?is to provide safety and support to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault through education, advocacy, and shelter,” says Scofield. “And I intend to see that mission through for each person that steps into our office.”
To contact the Faribault County CADA program coordinator, Stacy Scofield, call (507) 526-5275.