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We are doing our part to help control

calls for domestic violence during

the community spread of coronavirus.

this time of pandemic. YWCA Cass

During the time of evacuation, we

Clay has been here every day,

played an expanded role, emergency

who call ahead and then never arrive

around the clock, with uninterrupted

shelter stayed available, even during

for help. We fear it’s because abusers

shelter, care, and services to help

a brief period when we moved

are able to exert more control, or

women fleeing domestic violence

occupants entirely offsite for safety

women have concerns of themselves

during the pandemic. Unwavering,

and quarantine. YWCA continuously

or their children contracting

we have provided immediate safety,

serves as a source of safety, security,

coronavirus outside of their present

food, clothing, job and education

and hope, as we have for 40+ years.


We have worked hard to communicate

Our entire team has worked long

Our phone never once went

our continued presence during the

hours, enacted exceptional health

unanswered, nor was any woman in

pandemic. No woman living in abuse

and safety precautions, and adapted

imminent danger turned away.

or homelessness should believe she is

for the well-being of those we serve.

without options. No woman should be

Our board, leadership, and team have

without hope.

gone to great lengths.

detected in some women and children

And, certainly, no woman should

Our hearts are wrung by knowing

who came to us. Fortunately, YWCA

think she must wait for the pandemic

women are isolated at home with

had made proactive plans in concert

to clear before leaving an abuser.

abusers, in situations exacerbated by

resources, childcare, and more.

Given the number we serve with shelter, COVID-19 was inevitably

with the state and public health officials for quarantine carefully managed by YWCA at a local hotel, with our staff onsite and vigilant.

In recent months, we’ve received a volume of calls consistent with past years, yet an increase in the number


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stress. Please share that YWCA is here, open and ready.

Erin Prochnow CEO, YWCA Cass Clay

311 women + 307 children sheltered at YWCA Emergency Shelter

YOUR GIFT CHANGES LIVES AT YWCA As the Coronavirus continues to impact all of our lives, now more than ever we all need a shoulder to lean on and someone we can turn to. With your help, YWCA Cass Clay

193 adults and children housed 28,200 nights

in stable housing through YWCA

impacted the lives of hundreds of adults and children in the first six months of 2020. None of us knows what the rest of 2020 holds. What we do know is that women and children experiencing violence, financial instability, food scarcity, and homelessness need us. And we need you. Just $44 provides safety and support to women. It’s the cost for one night of shelter, plus food, clothing, and

13 survivors received 401 nights of shelter through YWCA’s Human Trafficking Safe Harbor

other immediate needs. And – most importantly - a caring YWCA advocate whose encouragement will empower women to be courageous in the face of uncertainty. Can you help? Right now, we have a special match opportunity. When

1,527 households received 78,406 pounds of food at YWCA food pantries

you make a $44 gift to provide one night of shelter, Goldmark Commercial Real Estate has pledged to turn it into two. A gift of $88 for two nights of shelter turns into four. We have $5,000 in match ready for gifts coming to YWCA! Please use the enclosed envelope or visit

238 Emergency Room visits prevented thanks to the Sanford Registered Nurse at YWCA to give today and help ensure YWCA continues to be here when women and children need us most.

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MISSION MOMENT Helping women and children move from fear to freedom paves the way for their dreams to come alive! Pictured is a note of thanks from a woman who recently called YWCA Emergency Shelter home.


“Your kindness is unmeasurable, seeing the smile on my baby’s face was the best thing in the world, thank you for your thoughtfulness. Her favorite was her unicorn shirt and a new outfit she will wear for her birthday!” Page 4 | YWCA: On A Mission | Fall 2020

This year, 62 students at YWCA Emergency Shelter and supportive housing had back-toschool sponsors. Every child received a gift bag of new clothes and shoes chosen just for them by kind donors who shopped through our Sponsor-a-Student Program. Thank you to all the generous people who made this happiness possible!

BECOME A HOPE STARTER & EMPOWER WOMEN AT YWCA You’ve shown us that freeing

We can budget better, too, and

There is no set gift size to become a

women from abuse and providing

overcome the challenges of seasonal

Hope Starter - simply indicate an

healthy homes for children are

giving. Did you know that, on average,

amount you feel comfortable giving.

priorities to you. Now may be the time

a third of gifts to charity are made

You may also choose to give quarterly

to join a special group of supporters:

during the holiday season and tax

or at another interval. Giving is

donors who’ve made a commitment

year-end? While funding also peaks

personal, and we are grateful and

to the work of YWCA with a monthly

in months of our special events,

flexible in meeting your preferences.

gift in a way that’s satisfying and easy.

YWCA operating costs are spread out

When you give a set amount each month, you provide steady and reliable support. A monthly gift is simply deducted from your bank account or credit card. Whether a small amount or a stretch gift, your routine support makes a significant difference to safety for women. You’ll know you’ve answered a critical need each and every month. You can also budget a significant gift by spreading the financial impact

monthly donors help us function optimally, their much-needed

What your donation accomplishes: • $23 provides the first hour of safety and consultation with a

support minimizing the imbalance. Our monthly donors are business

caring YWCA advocate • $44 provides the first night of

owners, retirees, professionals who travel, and young people starting their careers – all appreciating the ease of a routine deduction.

shelter and security at YWCA • $88 provides shelter for a mother and child for one night • Any other amount of your

You’re always in complete control and

choosing brings hope and safety

we’re respectful of your needs. At any

to women and children arriving

time, you may change your gift size or

at YWCA’s doors

suspend it for a time if your personal situation changes.

across the entire year.

pretty evenly all year long. That’s why

YES, I WOULD LIKE TO BECOME A HOPE STARTER! I will give a monthly donation of:  $23  $44  $88  $  Please automatically charge my credit card on the 15th of each month

Please note - your first donation will be charged when we receive your request. All following donations will be charged on the 15th of the month.

 Enclosed is a voided check to authorize monthly bank transfers.  I am already a monthly giver and want to update my monthly donation amount to $ Card Number:

Exp. Date:


Security Code:

Name: Address:

Phone: (





) Zip:

Julene Brown Business Management & Entrepreneurship Essentia Health

Kari Bucholz Youth Advocacy

Sarah DeVries Community & Volunteer

Jillian Gould Advocating for Equality

Eide Bailly

City of Fargo-Gladys Ray Shelter

Kathy Hunstad Faith Community Trinity Lutheran Church

Erica Johnsrud Communications Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Red River Valley

Leah Juelke Education

Katie Oster Science & Technology

Abrar Sharfi Young Woman of Today & Tomorrow

Fargo South High School

Oak Grove Lutheran School

Fargo South High School

Melissa Sobolik Arts & Culture

Trish Tallakson Health & Wellness

Sharon White Bear Lifetime Achievement

Gate City Bank

Great Plains Food Bank

Clarity Counseling

MHA East Segment Satellite Office

Haley’s Hope

Congratulations! TO THE 2020 YWCA WOMEN OF THE YEAR We are incredibly grateful for those that joined us for the 47th annual Women of the Year event on Thursday, September 10th! This year we honored 32 women and businesses. A special thank you to Dakota Medical Foundation for generously matching donations made during the event! Our first ever virtual event culminated in the announcement of the 2020 YWCA Cass Clay Women of the Year recipients in 13 categories.

Leader in Women’s Empowerment


Wonder Women

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE 2020 WOMEN OF THE YEAR NOMINEES Sue Anderson Rachael Boyer Julene Brown Kari Bucholz Sara DCamp Sarah DeVries Jenessa Fillipi Jillian Gould

Dr. Stephanie Hanson Kathy Hunstad Erica Johnsrud Leah Juelke Melissa (Williams) Kaiser Jeanine Larson Amy Longtin Kish Mackin

Pam McGee Karla Nelson Laura Ness Owens Jessica Offerman Jenny Olson Katie Oster Gloria Palm Connor Anna Sather

Briana Scearcy Abrar Sharfi Melissa Sobolik Trish Tallakson Sharon White Bear Dear NICU Mama Gate City Bank Leela and Lavender YWCA: On A Mission | Fall 2020 | Page 7


CHOCOLATE FANTASY 2020 WAS A SWEET SUCCESS! We are proud to wrap up another deliciously successful Chocolate Fantasy! This year, volunteers prepared over 900 to-go dessert boxes full of delicious treats and we had our best silent auction yet. While the desserts are delectable, it’s about so much more. All proceeds from this event directly benefit the women and children

Many thanks to our Presenting Sponsor

served at YWCA. Thank you to everyone who helped make the 37th

VISIONBank for their generosity and

annual Chocolate Fantasy! event a soaring success - from attendees

dedication to empowering women

and donors to volunteers and sponsors.

and children!

Your support changes lives!


Willy Jacobson, Broker Assoc.

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Grace Garden provides stable housing for 83 women and families This August, YWCA Cass Clay and

nights of safe housing. YWCA

Ten families received childcare

our partners celebrated one year of

Advocates have provided 1,144 one-

assistance or help locating nearby

providing safety, stability, and hope

on-one case management sessions


to once homeless individuals and

to guide and encourage individuals at

families at Grace Garden: A YWCA

Grace Garden. With the help of YWCA,

Supported Residence.

Gate City Bank, and your support:

YWCA’s goal of providing more

13 families have increased their

demographics of our community,

families with a place to call home at

income since finding stable housing

this trend is especially pronounced

Grace Garden was realized through

at Grace Garden.

at Grace Garden. Since the doors

the support of our partners Lutheran Church of the Cross, Gate City Bank, North Dakota Housing Finance Agency, The Housing Authority of Cass County, The North Dakota Department of Commerce, Beyond Shelter, TF Powers Construction Co, The Richman Group, and Shultz + Associates Architects. In just one year, Grace Garden has been home to 83 individuals and families and provided over 25,690

Five families were able to purchase their own vehicles - increasing their ability to become independent, and attend appointments, work, and school. YWCA was able to provide phone

While YWCA serves a significantly more diverse population across all our programs than is reflected in the

opened, 41% of those served were Black and 8% were Native American. This diversity is in stark contrast to the demographics of the broader community where 6% of residents identify as Black and 1% as Native American.

cards, gas cards, insurance and car maintenance fees, and more; ensuring a family’s income could go towards other essential bills and expenses. YWCA: On A Mission | Fall 2020 | Page 9

Our Deepest Gratitude A sincere thank you to those who have honored someone they care about with a gift to YWCA. Sue and Troy Anderson in memory of Doris Sand

Rajib and Jolly Lala in honor of Anindya and Sristy

Kelly and David Rau, and Sharon Nelson in memory of Barb Nelson

Janette and Paul Bordonaro in memory of Barb Nelson

Rebecca and Jeffrey LeDoux in memory of Jolene Christenson

Lianne Rockstad in memory of Alpha DeKrey

Mary Ellen and Arthur Diercks in memory of Nora Koenig

Judy Lee in honor of Noreen Fischer

Lianne Rockstad in memory of Janet Richter Thiel

Joanne and Bruce Evans in memory of Barbara Nelson

Joan and Alexander Macdonald in memory of Mary Andrews and Judy Belter

Kay and Donald Foss in memory of Barb Nelson

Maxine Mattson in memory of Mary Andrews

Debra and Thomas Smithson in memory of Barb Nelson

Karen and John Froelich in memory of Barb Nelson

Linda Menar in memory of Barb Nelson

Judith and Stephen Spellman in honor of Mandy Maletta Lenhardt

Stacey Griggs in honor of Karen Skjold

Suzanne and Gregory Morrison in memory of Joan Svaleson

Jill and Jason Gustofson in memory of Beverly Johnson

Suzanne Morrison in memory of Ginny Hicks

Marcia Hardy in memory of Mary Lavelle

Suzanne Morrison in memory of Ronda Staloch’s mother

Kim Jenson in memory of Barb Nelson

NDSU in honor of Fereshteh Shahoveisi

Kathy Johnson in memory of Barb Nelson

Jane Nissen in honor of Susan Nissen Paulette and William Rastedt in memory of Rosella Staples

Janet Sagen in memory of Ruth Glarum

Cindy and Roger Stadum in memory of Barb Nelson Rose and Alan Stans in memory of Barb Nelson Lilla Talge in memory of Barb Nelson Annella Thompson in honor of Connie Tate Annella Thompson in memory of Cathy Zook

OCTOBER IS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH Domestic violence is the primary reason over 80% of women arriving at YWCA’s doors are seeking shelter. In addition to providing safety and helping meet basic needs, women and families at YWCA have the support of a YWCA Advocate to walk alongside them on their journey toward Page 10 | YWCA: On A Mission | Fall 2020

independence and empowerment.

TOP NEEDS You can donate the things women need on their journeys to independence. The families we serve need new and gently used:

Hygiene Items (shampoo, conditioner, face wash, etc.)


Food Items (canned/frozen meat,

YWCA Racial Justice Committee to host virtual community dialogue

tomato sauces, rice, noodles, fresh produce, eggs, & dairy products)

This October, YWCA Cass Clay’s Racial Justice Committee will host its first virtual community dialogue event about race.

Hand Soap

In past years, dialogues were held in conjunction with the Science Museum of Minnesota’s RACE: Are We So Different? exhibit. Due to COVID, the exhibit is not currently open for viewing, but we look forward to reopening it again in the future!

Cleaning Products


Cold & Flu Medications

Thursday, October 8 | 12:00 - 1:00PM th

There is no cost to attend, but registration is required! If you are interested in joining us, please visit racial-justice to register today.

Paper Products (Kleenex, toilet paper, paper towels)

Due to the pandemic, YWCA donation bins around town, other than the bins located at the Emergency Shelter, remain closed at this time. A list of top needs can be found at YWCA: YWCA: OnOn A Mission A Mission| |Fall Fall2020 2020|| Page 11

U.S. Postage PAID Fargo, ND Permit #890

YWCA Cass Clay 4650 38th Ave. S, Suite 110 Fargo, ND 58104-8529 WE’VE MOVED!


4650 38th Ave. S, Suite 110 Fargo, ND 58104-8529

Starting October 1, 2020, you can find the YWCA Administrative Offices at our new address: Osgood Fire Station

Dairy Queen

Osgood Hornbacher’s

Profile for YWCA Cass Clay

October 2020 | YWCA Fall Newsletter  

YWCA Cass Clay is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all.

October 2020 | YWCA Fall Newsletter  

YWCA Cass Clay is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all.


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