MISSION YWCA NEWSLETTER FALL 2020
HOW TO BECOME A HOPE STARTER PAGE 5
GRACE GARDEN CELEBRATES ONE YEAR PAGE 9
FROM THE CEO’S DESK 911 CALLS FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE UP IN PANDEMIC; YWCA REMAINS READY TO SERVE. Locally, there is an uptrend in 911
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
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
www.ywcacassclay.org/donate 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.
SPONSORS HELP STUDENTS START THE SCHOOL YEAR
“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:
Julene Brown Business Management & Entrepreneurship Essentia Health
Kari Bucholz Youth Advocacy
Sarah DeVries Community & Volunteer
Jillian Gould Advocating for Equality
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
MHA East Segment Satellite Office
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 Womenâ€™s Empowerment
Thank you! WE WHOLEHEARTEDLY APPRECIATE ALL OF OUR WOMEN OF THE YEAR EVENT SPONSORS!
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
YOU MADE A DIFFERENCE
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, itâ€™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.
Your support changes lives!
THANK YOU TO OUR 2020 CHOCOLATE FANTASY SPONSORS
Willy Jacobson, Broker Assoc.
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RANDY BARTA CONSTRUCTION, INC
GRACE GARDEN CELEBRATES ONE YEAR!
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,
Gate City Bank, and your support:
YWCAâ€™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 familyâ€™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 Stalochâ€™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 YWCAâ€™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.)
SAVE THE DATE
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 Clayâ€™s Racial Justice Committee will host its first virtual community dialogue event about race.
In past years, dialogues were held in conjunction with the Science Museum of Minnesotaâ€™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!
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 www.ywcacassclay.org/ 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 www.ywcacassclay.org/urgent-needs YWCA: YWCA: OnOn A Mission A Mission| |Fall Fall2020 2020|| Page 11
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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
YWCA Cass Clay is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all.
Published on Sep 23, 2020
YWCA Cass Clay is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all.