state delegates YWCA staff and team members hold a ribbon cutting for Grace Garden

Leading the Way for Women With the YWCA

We’re proud to have pledged $1.5 million toward YWCA Cass Clay’s Grace Garden expansion, a 30-unit women’s supportive housing initiative that opened in 2019, promoting an environment of safety, stability and community for women and children who have experienced domestic abuse and poverty.

A Space to Be Safe, a Place to Feel Loved.

We’ve been a longtime supporter of YWCA Cass Clay, helping the nonprofit build an economic enrichment wing in 2015 and transitional housing in 2010. We also have team members who serve on its board of directors, even today. The bank’s latest donation of $1.5 million was the largest in YWCA’s history.

“Gate City Bank believes in creating a better way of life for those who help shape our communities,” says Amanda Torok, Senior Vice President of Culture. “Mothers and their children definitely fit that description, and we’re so thankful to be able to provide the resources needed to help YWCA Cass Clay with this project.”

Pledged Toward Grace Garden
Supportive Housing Units
Years of Program Expenses Covered

The Bank’s donation toward the more than $7 million project helped cover startup costs, as well as Grace Garden’s supportive service program expenses from 2019 to 2029. This funding brings essential onsite advocacy and guidance to women as they overcome the following barriers, which often lead to repeat hardships:

  • Transportation

  • Employment

  • Education

  • Finances

  • Health

Individuals in these difficult circumstances have often also experienced trouble escaping debt, securing childcare, saving up money for an apartment deposit and getting to a living wage, among other things. Recovering from all this can take years.

“Finding a home after poverty, abuse or other devastating circumstances is nearly impossible. Gate City Bank’s generosity is helping YWCA get more women and children into safe, affordable housing more quickly, helping to provide much-needed services.”
Erin Prochnow professional headshot
Erin Prochnow
CEO of YWCA Cass Clay

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Affordable Housing in Fargo-Moorhead

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Free Dental Care Clinic

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Souris Valley Animal Shelter

Learn how our team members have donated $30,000 and countless volunteer hours to a Minot animal shelter, which provides care for furry friends both locally and throughout North Dakota.

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Great Plains Food Bank Delivery Truck

At Gate City Bank, we believe no one should have to suffer from hunger. Learn more about how we surprised Great Plains Food Bank with a brand-new delivery truck in 2016, made possible with a $250,000 pledge over 10 years.