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FROM THE CEO’S DESK YWCA OFFERS A FULL CONTINUUM OF EMPOWERMENT SERVICES The needs of a woman in the first

homelessness. Over the years,

24 hours after leaving an abusive

YWCA has developed a unique

home or living on the streets are

and comprehensive Continuum of

different from what’s needed four

Empowerment Services found on

weeks later, or four months later, or

the next page.

even sometimes four years into a survivor’s journey.

The services we provide are born out of the needs identified by women

The services of YWCA are a

and children experiencing abuse

consistent stabilizing force. With

and homelessness. Ranging from

understanding and resources,

assistance to prevent homelessness

we help women come out of

before it begins, to Emergency

complicated and crisis situations,

Shelter - our most visible community

then guide them toward stable

presence, and the long-term stability

housing and life with the greatest

provided through permanent

possible independence.

supportive housing.

Any gap in our continuum of services

Through our Continuum and the

would leave women vulnerable

supportive services provided

to returning to poverty, abuse or

along the way, we meet women

COMMUNITY PARTNERS

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where they are at, offering the right intervention at the right time. This full Continuum that begins in the community comes full circle when women move into their own homes and live independently on their own in the community. The resources and support from YWCA empower women to change the course of their lives and create the opportunity for their families to thrive.

Erin Prochnow CEO, YWCA Cass Clay


YWCA YWCACASS CASSCLAY CLAY CONTINUUM OF CONTINUUM OF EMPOWERMENT EMPOWERMENT SERVICES Together, we are ending SERVICES homelessness for

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WOMEN EMPOWERING STUDY WOMEN (WEW) BUDDIES SHELTER CHILDREN’S SERVICES

Supportive housing units dedicated specifically to survivors and their children

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ELIMINATING RACISM ONE CONVERSATION AT A TIME YWCA has always been on the front lines advocating

Racial Justice Committee continues to move the needle

for equality for women and people of color. At a

through intentional conversations on race and equality.

national level, YWCA has launched the “Until Justice…

Last month our committee successfully held our first

Just Is” campaign, to challenge America to rethink

virtual circle dialogue focused on Indigenous Peoples’

its structures and systems and work collectively to

Day. Watch the newsletter and our social media for

create a world where justice… just is. At a local level,

announcements about other Circle Dialogue Events in the

YWCA Cass Clay supports this movement and our

future.

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Pictured left to right: Darcy Roberts, N.D. Attorney General’s Office, Grants/Contracts Officer; Angela Daly, YWCA Shelter Services Director; Kari Stenger, YWCA Contracted Accountant; Luci Kovash, YWCA Advocate

YWCA HUMAN TRAFFICKING SAFE HARBOR OFFERING SAFETY AND SUPPORT FROM THE STORM Human trafficking is defined as a form of modern-

their children. Funding from the state of North Dakota

day slavery in which traffickers use force, fraud,

makes safety and advocacy for survivors at YWCA

or coercion to control victims for the purpose of

possible. In 2019, 16 survivors of trafficking received

engaging in commercial sex acts or labor services

680 nights of shelter and support in YWCA’s dedicated

against his or her will (National Human Trafficking

units.

Resource Center). It’s hard to believe this horrific crime happens in our community, but YWCA serves survivors of human trafficking every day.

In October, our team was honored to host a representative from North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem’s office to discuss human trafficking

In 2016, YWCA opened the first and only housing units

in North Dakota and the safety and empowerment

in the state specifically for survivors of trafficking and

services YWCA provides survivors.


YWCA RENOVATES FOR PANDEMIC & BEYOND Throughout the pandemic, YWCA

the second floor of the Emergency

has worked closely with the City of

Shelter. The City of Fargo is

Fargo, public health officials, and

supporting this COVID-19 response

other local shelters to support the

with a CARES Act grant.

health and wellbeing of individuals experiencing homelessness and the broader community. Currently, Fargo-Moorhead lacks quarantine space for individuals experiencing homelessness.

The renovation includes modifications to three existing sleeping rooms, two multipurpose rooms and four storage rooms to create six sleeping rooms with restrooms. The impact of the six

To expand our community’s

additional quarantine rooms will be

capacity to provide safe quarantine

the ability to serve another 10 people

space for individuals experiencing

in need of isolation.

homelessness, YWCA is renovating

A SPECIAL SAMMONS THANK YOU TO FINANCIAL! Thanks to our friends at Sammons Financial for supporting a new roof at YWCA Emergency Shelter! Because of their generosity, the shelter continues to provide safety and a warm, dry place for women and children arriving at our doors to call home.

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BRIGHTEN THE HOLIDAY SEASON FOR A FAMILY IN NEED! Your holiday giving brings joy to YWCA Cass Clay Trees, lights, wish lists, and gifts are just a few ways that we spread joy to our families during the holiday season. YWCA staff work hard to bring festive cheer, but we simply can’t do it without you, especially this year. Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, YWCA has made important changes to our holiday events to ensure the safety of our families, volunteers, and staff. Here are a few ways you can make this season brighter for families in need!

UNIQUE BOUTIQUE Each December, YWCA transforms into our Unique Boutique store, brimming with new gifts for kids, teens, and moms, thanks to the generosity of our community. At no cost to them, women and children staying at the shelter then lovingly browse and shop for the perfect gift to give their immediate family members. This year, however, you can bring this special event to life by donating new gifts for a specific family rather than providing general donations; allowing everyone to remain socially distanced yet still feel the holiday spirit. To support a woman or family through Unique Boutique, please complete an interest form by Friday, Dec. 4 at www.ywcacassclay.org/holidays We understand that not everyone is able to support an entire family, individual gifts are still accepted and will be given to families that arrive at the Shelter after Unique Boutique. The full Unique Boutique Wish List is available at www.ywcacassclay.org/holidays

STUFF THE BUS Tuesday, Dec. 1 - Thursday, Dec. 3 KFGO, Froggy 99.9, Jack 101.9, 104.7 Duke FM, and MATBUS are once again teaming up to Stuff the Bus for YWCA, Red River Children’s Advocacy Center, and Badges of Unity. Locations and times will be announced soon!

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ADOPT-A-FAMILY Adopt-A-Family is a holiday giving program for our Housing Program participants. For many parents living in supportive housing, purchasing gifts for their children simply isn’t an option due to other critical financial priorities like food, utilities, and paying down debt. When you adopt a YWCA family, you bring joy by making gift-giving one less worry this holiday season; ensuring that every parent and every child served by YWCA has a gift to open at the holidays. This year’s deadline for adopting a family is Friday, December 4, to adopt a family or with questions, please email adoptafamily@ywcacassclay.org.

FILL A HOME WITH HOPE THIS HOLIDAY Fill A Home With Hope This Holiday is another giving program for our Supportive Housing Program participants. It is a great opportunity for individuals, businesses, clubs, or church groups looking for a way to give during this season. YWCA currently has 70 apartment units throughout the community dedicated to providing safety, stability, and hope to once-homeless individuals and families, many of whom are survivors of violence. During this season of giving, we invite you to Fill A Home With Hope by providing household basics such as kitchen items, bedroom decor, bathroom towels, and more. The Household Wish List is available on the next page or online. We ask that all donations are delivered to Grace Garden: A YWCA Supported Residence before Friday, December 11.

FIND ALL YWCA HOLIDAY INFORMATION, INCLUDING FORMS AND LISTS, AT:

www.ywcacassclay.org/holidays

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Fill A Home With Hope This Holiday! YWCA invites you to Fill A Home With Hope by providing household basics like kitchen items, bedroom decor, bathroom towels and more for families in need. This is a great opportunity for individuals, businesses, clubs and church groups. With your support, families will have fully furnished homes this holiday season!

Household Wish List Bathroom Basics

Shampoo/Conditioner/Body Wash Shower Curtain, Liner & Hooks Towel Sets Washcloths Small Wastebasket Toothbrush Holder Toilet Brush Toilet Paper Plunger Rugs

Bedroom Bundle

Mattress Pad (Twin or Full) Comforter (Twin or Full) Sheet Set (Twin or Full) One Laundry Basket Two Standard Pillows Alarm Clock

Cleaning Caddy

Broom & Dustpan Mop & Bucket Small Vacuum Cleaner Dish Soap Dishwasher Detergent Hand Soap Household Cleaner: Multi-Surface Disinfectant, Window, Toilet Bowl Kleenex Laundry Soap & Dryer Sheets Paper Towels Trash Bags

Kitchen Kit

Salt & Pepper Shakers Set of Pots & Pans Baking Pans: Cookie Sheets, Cake Pan, Pizza Pan, Muffin Tin Casserole Dishes Dish Set – 16 Piece

Kitchen Kit Cont. Glassware Glass-adult Plastic-child Silverware Set – 20 Piece Set of Knives Silverware Tray Kitchen Utensils: Mixing Spoons, Measuring Cups & Spoons, Can Opener, Pizza Cutter Colander Cutting Board Mixing Bowls Storage Containers Pitcher Pot Holders Coffee Maker Toaster Kitchen Sponges, Wash Clothes & Dish Towels Kitchen Wastebasket Wall Clock

Please drop off donations Monday - Friday, 9am - 4pm at Grace Garden: A YWCA Supported Residence 1480 16th St E, West Fargo, ND 58078 Thank you! For more information, please email Sarah Selseth at sselseth@ywcacassclay.org. Page 8 | YWCA: On A Mission | Autumn 2020


YWCA HOLDS LEGISLATIVE BRIEFING FOR LAWMAKERS On October 26, YWCA invited incumbent lawmakers and those running for office to attend a Legislative Briefing. Looking ahead to the next biennium, YWCA and partners from the United Way of Cass-Clay, Great Plains Food Bank, Beyond Shelter, Inc., provided information about topics important to families and individuals experiencing homelessness, those on the cusp of homelessness, survivors of violence, and children. More than a dozen lawmakers and candidates attended the session, the first YWCA provided virtually, to gain perspective on the impact of existing programs and proposed laws on the people served by YWCA in our community. Topics included the North Dakota Homeless Grant, Housing Incentive Fund, domestic violence, human trafficking, education, and food insecurity.

MISSION MOMENT With your support, YWCA is there for women and children when they need us most, walking alongside them on their journey to independence. Pictured is a note of thanks from a woman served.

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Our Deepest Gratitude A sincere thank you to those who have honored someone they care about with a gift to YWCA. Elaine Swenson in memory of Agnes Liudahl Vogel Law Firm in honor of Norma J. Swanson Margaret and Roger Nelson in memory of Dot Maurice Ann and David Suits in honor of Matthew Karty Rebekah and Joshua Nelson in memory of Barb Nelson Jenny Rodger in honor of Cheryl Rodger Donnie Moore in honor of Jean Rayl Phyllis and Verdell Jordheim in memory of Orlan Swenson Kathy Benson in memory of Dr. Andresa Carlson Christy Jelinek in honor of Shirley Holland Rebecca Gardner in honor of MSUM Rhetoric Students Fall 2020 Cheryl Hackey in memory of Bob Thielen

Change lives with your spare change by rounding up your credit or debit card purchases to the next dollar. All you have to do is set it and forget it!

your spare change for YWCA Cass Clay! Learn more and sign up at www.ywcacassclay.org/round-up Page 10 | YWCA: On A Mission | Autumn 2020

Sign up and connect your favorite debit or credit card at www.ywcacassclay.org/round-up Log into your bank account to transfer gifts to YWCA Cass Clay Make your usual purchases and spare change is rounded up automatically to support YWCA!


SUPPORT YWCA AND RECEIVE A ND TAX CREDIT YWCA’S NORTH DAKOTA QUALIFIED ENDOWMENT FUND The state of North Dakota offers special advantages to North Dakota taxpayers who support YWCA Cass Clay. An individual may receive a tax credit for contributions of $5,000 or more to the YWCA Endowment Fund. This tax credit is 40% of the gift made to a qualified ND

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

charity up to $10,000 per year per taxpayer, or $20,000 per year for a couple filing jointly. Any unused credit may be carried over up to three years.

Paper Products (Kleenex, toilet paper, paper towels)

Your gift may be in cash or other forms. Gift Amount

$5,000

$25,000

Federal Tax Deduction

($1,110) ($5,550)

ND State Income Tax Credit ($2,000) ($10,000) Net “Cost” of Gift to YWCA

$1,890

$9,450

Example is for taxpayer in the 37% tax bracket. This information is not intended to provide legal or tax advice. Please consult your accountant, financial advisor or other professional advisors for information specific to your circumstances.

Food Items (canned/frozen meat, tomato sauces, rice, noodles, fresh produce, eggs, & dairy products)

Hand Soap

WE’VE MOVED!

Cleaning Products

You can now find the YWCA Administrative Offices at 4650 38th Ave. S, Suite 110 Fargo, ND 58104-8529

Hygiene Items (shampoo,

Cold & Flu Medications

conditioner, face wash, etc.) Donations can be dropped off at YWCA Emergency Shelter Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm, or shipped to 3000 S. University Drive Fargo, ND 58103. A list of top needs and links to YWCA’s Amazon wish lists can be found at

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

DONATIONS UPDATE Thank you for the in-kind goods you have donated to YWCA Cass Clay in the past. We are grateful for your support! Going forward, YWCA will only be accepting donations of urgently needed items and we ask that all other used goods be delivered to our partner, Savers thrift store. Our donation bins have been closed. Through this approach, the YWCA team will focus on our mission of providing safety, support and hope to families while receiving financial support from Savers for the items the community donates at the store. YWCA’s Urgent Needs list is available at www.ywcacassclay.org /urgent-needs. Other used items can be brought to Savers at 1623 38th Street SW, Fargo.

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

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

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