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FROM THE CEO’S DESK Agency Wide Achievements Great things continue to take place at YWCA Cass Clay. With support from the community, we have been empowering women to reach their full potential since 1906. YWCA continues to impact the community by serving women and children facing homelessness and violence; as well as providing care in an environment that supports the needs of all families, regardless of their social, ethnic or economic status at our public childcare center, A Child’s World (ACW). One in four women will experience domestic violence in their life. 99% of women who experience homelessness have also been victims of financial abuse. At YWCA, we are partnering with the Allstate Foundation to bring the Moving Ahead Through Financial Literacy Program to the women we serve. Our Education and Employment Coordinator, Rachael Schauer, leads this effort and was recently recognized as the, “Rookie of the Year,” by the FM Coalition to End

Homelessness. Please see page 5 for more information about Rachael and the accolades the entire team at YWCA received in being named, “Outstanding Service Provider Agency,” for our collective efforts to end homelessness and providing more supportive housing. In addition, ACW was recently reaccredited through the National Association of the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). ACW is one of just nine childcare centers locally to obtain this accreditation. Achieving NAEYC Accreditation is a four-step process that involves self-reflection and quality improvement in order to meet and maintaining accreditation over a five-year period. ACW is proud to obtain this status and prepare children to make their mark on the world by providing care that will enrich their unique social, emotional, physical, and intellectual development. At YWCA we remain focused on providing quality service in all programs and appreciate the special recognition of our


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team for their dedication to achieving excellence as acknowledged through these remarkable accomplishments!

Erin Prochnow CEO, YWCA Cass Clay

YOU MADE A BIG DIFFERENCE CHOCOLATE FANTASY 2019 WAS THE SWEETEST DAY! We are proud to wrap up another deliciously successful Chocolate Fantasy and Chili, too! This year over 1,300 individuals of all ages attended to dine on favorite local delicacies, bid on silent auction items, rub elbows with celebrity servers, and connect with friends. But it’s about much more than dessert. All proceeds from this event directly benefit the women and children served at YWCA. Thank you to everyone who helped make the 36th annual Chocolate Fantasy and Chili, too! event a soaring success, from attendees and donors to volunteers and sponsors. Your support changes lives! ...continued on Page 9.

A very special Thank You to VISIONBank for generously matching donations made at this years event!

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We believe in the wonderful team at YWCA and their amazing work. We also believe that every child at YWCA should have a warm and new winter jacket. Not a jacket that has been worn by someone else. Our hope is that in a small way it helps a child feel better about their situation. We as a community are extremely blessed to SUBSCRIBE TO have such a great shelter for women and children that are less fortunate than us.



Each fall, Lee and Barb drop off dozens of new winter jackets, so every child at YWCA will stay warm during the winter.

MISSION MOMENT Helping women and children meet basic needs like shelter and security, paves the way for their hopes and dreams to come alive! Pictured below is a note of thanks from a woman who recently called YWCA Emergency Shelter home.

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YWCA CASS CLAY RECEIVES OUTSTANDING SERVICE PROVIDER AWARD In October, YWCA Cass Clay was recognized as the Outstanding Service Provider Agency by the FM Coalition to End Homelessness. The award is give to an agency that has contributed significantly to the Coalition’s mission of working in partnership to achieve permanent solutions to prevent and end homelessness. An excerpt from the nomination stated, “As a founding member of the FM Coalition, the YWCA has been a leader in homeless services in this community and region. Over the past year as the ND Coalition and Continuum of Care faced a number of challenges, the YWCA stepped up. Their administrative team went above and beyond to provide valuable leadership and wisdom that was critical to bringing stability to our statewide homeless work.” The nomination also recognized YWCA for expanding housing, stating: “Grace Garden is a much-needed place of safety for families seeking a better life and a home with the support that will play a role in breaking cycles of abuse and poverty in our community and beyond.” Also at the awards event, YWCA’s Education & Employment Coordinator, Rachael Schauer, was recognized as the Rookie of the Year. Rachael was honored for her outstanding work empowering women served by YWCA. With kindness and understanding, Rachael walks alongside women as they grow in their financial knowledge, further their education, attain employment, and gain financial stability.

YWCA Cass Clay team members with Cody Schuler, Executive Director of FM Coalition to End Homelessness

Rookie of the Year: Rachael Schauer, YWCA Education and Employment Coordinator

THANK YOU FM AREA FOUNDATION AND MIDCO FOUNDATION Thanks to our friends at the FM Area Foundation and Midco Foundation for supporting a new commercial oven at YWCA Emergency Shelter! With their support, Marie, our amazing Kitchen Coordinator, now has a reliable way to cook warm, healthy meals each and every day for those calling the shelter home!

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Marie Ng, YWCA Kitchen Coordinator

Tis' The Brighten the Holiday Season for a Family in Need Your holiday giving brings joy to YWCA Cass Clay

Trees, lights, North Pole wish lists, parties, 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. Here are some ways you can make this season brighter for families in need!


Adopt-A-Family is a holiday giving program for our Supportive 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 ensuring that gift-giving is one less worry they have this holiday season. You let families who were struggling know that someone cares about them. You help ensure 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 6. If you would like to adopt a family or have questions, please contact McKenzie at adoptafamily@ywcacassclay.org.

Unique Boutique

On December 6, Unique Boutique, transforms YWCA into a holiday store where women staying at the shelter are able to shop for presents for their immediate family members at no cost to them. In the weeks leading up to Unique Boutique kids’ in our Childcare Services excitedly add items to their Holiday Wish List, with enthusiastic anticipation of the coming holiday. Then moms get the opportunity to lovingly search for the perfect gift, bringing her joy and a sense of relief for the upcoming time of celebration! You can help by donating new gifts for girls, boys, women, and men, as well as supplies such as wrapping paper, tape, and tissue paper. The Unique Boutique Wish List is avalible online at: www.ywcacassclay.org/events/unique-boutique/ We ask that all donations are delivered to YWCA Emergency Shelter by Friday, November 29. Page 6 | YWCA | On A Mission | Autumn 2019

Season Fill A Home With Hope This Holiday

Fill A Home With Hope This Holiday is a giving program for our Supportive Housing Program participants. YWCA currently has 70 apartment units around 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 This Holiday by providing household basics such as kitchen items, bedroom decor, bathroom towels and more. This is a great opportunity for individuals, businesses, clubs and church groups. With your support families will have fully furnished homes this holiday season. The Household Wish List is available on the next page or online at www.ywcacassclay.org/events/unique-boutique/ We ask that all donations are delivered to YWCA Emergency Shelter as soon as possible.

The North Pole Holiday Party

The North Pole Holiday Party gives children calling YWCA home during the holiday season an evening of fun, festivities and merriment. The evening ends with special visitors from the North Pole!

Elf For A Day - November-December

Elf For A Day is a holiday group volunteer opportunity at our shelter location. Elves will volunteer in groups for a weekday afternoon November 11 - December 20. Elves help staff make the holidays special for women and children staying at YWCA’s Emergency Shelter and Supportive Housing. Depending on the day, Elves may accept donations generously provided by the community, move and sort donations, or work on other special holiday projects. If you’re interested in donating your time with us for Unique Boutique or Elf for a Day please email us at volunteer@ywcacassclay.org. YWCA | On A Mission | Autumn 2019 | Page 7

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

Cleaning Caddy

Glassware (plastic-child) Kitchen Sponges Broom & Dustpan Kitchen Utensils: Mixing Spoons, Dish Soap Measuring Cups & Spoons, Can Dishwasher Detergent Opener, Pizza Cutter Hand Soap Household Cleanser: Multi-Surface, Kitchen Wash Clothes & Dish Towels Window, Kitchen Wastebasket Toilet Bowl, etc. Mixing Bowls Kleenex Pitcher Laundry: Soap & Dryer Sheets Pot Holders Mop & Bucket Salt & Pepper Shakers Paper Towels Set of Pots & Pans Trash Bags Set of Knives Vacuum Cleaner Silverware Set – 20 Piece Silverware Tray Kitchen Kit Baking Pans: Cookie Sheets, Cake Storage Containers Toaster Pan, Pizza Pan, Muffin Tin Casserole Dishes Coffee Maker Other Colander Cable Cord Cutting Board DVD Player Dish Set – 16 Piece Wall Clock Glassware (glass-adult)

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

Bedroom Bundle

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

Please drop off donations at YWCA Emergency Shelter 3000 S. University Dr, Fargo. Thank you! If you would like more information, please email volunteer@ywcacassclay.org. Page 8 | YWCA | On A Mission | Autumn 2019


Willy Jacobson, Broker Assoc.

Randy Barta Construction, Inc

EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM TO HOST WOMEN’S ONLY JOB FAIR This winter, thanks to the support of the FM Area Foundation’s Women’s Fund, YWCA will extend our Education and Empolyment Program services beyond the emergency shelter, to women in the greater Fargo-Moorhead community. YWCA will host a, first-ever, Education and Employment Job Fair for under-represented women in our community. This women’s only fair will provide a new opportunity for women in unique living situations or with sensitive backgrounds to meet with employers in an environment where they feel safe and understood; creating connections between employers and female employees. Breaking down barriers, paving the way for women to move from uncertainly to financial freedom. Providing programs like Education & Employment and hosting women’s centered job fairs are just two ways in which YWCA Cass Clay is carrying out its mission helping women become empowered and recover from the damaging effects of poverty and violence. More information coming soon! YWCA | On A Mission | Autumn 2019 | Page 9

Our Deepest Gratitude A sincere thank you to those who have honored someone they care about with a gift to YWCA.

Thank You

Annella Thompson Anonymous Gregory Butler II John and Sherri Stern Jim and Twylah Blotsky Paul and Jessica Zenker Troy and Susan Anderson Linda Butler Blake Strehlow Gary and Ruth Hanson Roger and Margaret Nelson Kathryn Benson

In Honor Of...

In honor of Connie Tate In honor of David Butler In honor of David Butler In honor of David Butler In honor of David Butler In honor of David Butler In honor of David Butler In honor of David Butler In honor of David Butler In honor of David Butler In honor of David Butler In honor of Erin Prochnow

Thank You

Beverly Krein Gini Duval Beverly Krein Bruce and Ryn Pitts Anita Minske Wayne and JoAnn Lauwers Cole Papers Eide Bailly LLP Mary Gunkelman Brandi Hedin Mark and Betsy Jackson Janet Rostad

In Memory Of...

In memory of Betty Jean Pyle In memory of Darrel Christensen In memory of Liz Leroy In memory of Edith Dawson In memory of Edith Dawson In memory of Edith Dawson In memory of Edith Dawson In memory of Edith Dawson In memory of Edith Dawson In memory of Edith Dawson In memory of Edith Dawson In memory of Edith Dawson


RACE: Are We So Different Later this month, YWCA Cass Clay’s Racial Justice Committee in partnership with MSUM will host a community dialogue event in conjunction with the Science Museum of Minnesota’s RACE: Are We So Different? exhibit. The exhibit is currently on display at the MSUM: Livingston Lord Library in Moorhead, MN. Thursday, November 14, 2019 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. There is no cost to attend but registration is required as space is limited to 35 attendees per session. If you are interested in joining us, please visit: www.eventbrite.com and search ‘YWCA RACE Exhibit’ to register. Refreshments will be provided. Page 10 | YWCA | On A Mission | Autumn 2019

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 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.

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

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)

Winter Coats

Net “Cost” of the Gift to YWCA

Winter Boots



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.

Thermal Winter Hats & Gloves


Pots & Pans

Sincere thanks to Eide Bailly for recognizing YWCA Cass Clay as the 2019 Resourcefullness Award Winner for the state of North Dakota. YWCA was selected for implementing creative, sustainable and impactful revenue generating initiatives and received $10,000 to go towards the Community Donation Bin Project.

Cleaning Supplies

Tissue & Paper Towels Donations can be dropped off at the Emergency Shelter between the hours of 8AM-5PM, Monday-Friday. Before dropping off any furniture donations, please call Michaela at 701-478-2386, to be sure we have adequate storage space available. Nancy Lunde, YWCA; Emily Holt, YWCA; Julie Haugen, YWCA; Kayla Koehmstedt, Eide Bailly; Ashley Brandt-Duda, Eide Bailly; Morgan Svingen, YWCA

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

YWCA Cass Clay 3100 12th Avenue North Fargo, ND 58102 (701) 232-2547


LIVES TOUCHED 16 apartments are already being called home by 40 adults and children.

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Profile for YWCA Cass Clay

November 2019 | YWCA Autumn Newsletter  

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

November 2019 | YWCA Autumn Newsletter  

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