EmBe Celebrates Renovated Boutique and Professional Development Center

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EmBe Celebrates Renovated Boutique and Professional Development Center


The renovation and relocation project is now complete, giving new life and purpose to 27,000 square feet in downtown Sioux Falls, S.D.

Sioux Falls, SD (May 19, 2022) –EmBe will celebrate the completion of a large-scale renovation and relocation project, marking a new era of women’s programming for the century-old nonprofit.

Commencing in February, the project included the transformation of 27,000 square feet in EmBe’s downtown facility and relocation of the Dress for Success Sioux Falls Boutique. The renovation was completed earlier this month with Fiegen Construction at the helm. With credit to Two Men and a Truck Sioux Falls, the Dress for Success relocation was completed in March.

“This project was a massive undertaking made possible by many hands,” said Kerri Tietgen, EmBe Chief Executive Officer. “Our women’s programs serve hundreds of women each year and impact the lives of their children, families, and all who will benefit from their empowerment. Thanks to our community partners, donors, and volunteers, this investment will not only centralize resources for the women we serve, but also support the employers and workforce in our community.”

To formally celebrate the project completion and activate the new Dress for Success Sioux Falls Boutique and Professional Development Center on May 25, EmBe invites the public to an open house benefitting its Women’s Programming. All community members are encouraged to enjoy refreshments and explore the renovated space at their leisure from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m at 300 West 11th Street. A short program will begin at 6:00 p.m., featuring EmBe leaders and stakeholders.

Established in 2014, Dress for Success Sioux Falls was founded to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. With Dress for Success housed and operating at EmBe, area women now have a central location to gather, receive, and contribute to Dress for Success services as well as EmBe’s programming for women, children, and families.

“Every time a woman in our community needs support, we want them to think of us and come to us without hesitation,” said Megan Bartel, EmBe Executive Director of Women’s Programming. “By opening our doors to the community for the open house, we’re inviting everyone to experience the spectrum of resources this new space holds for them, their neighbors, and friends. While many community members benefit from and contribute to EmBe’s programs, absolutely everyone knows someone who can leverage our resources and impact our mission. This event is about reaching them and helps to ensure we meet them where they are.”

In 2021, EmBe provided over 606 hours of individual and group services to women in the span of 325 sessions. The nonprofit relies on donations and fundraisers to support its mission to empower women, children, and families in the region.

You can learn more about EmBe Women’s Programming here. To support EmBe’s mission, donate at embe.org/giving.

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About EmBe: EmBe is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization on a mission to empower women and families to enrich lives. As the oldest and largest women’s organization in Sioux Falls, SD, EmBe has anticipated and served the needs of women and families since 1921. Now in its second century of supporting success at work, at home, and in life, EmBe programs serve over 12,500 individuals each year. Learn more at embe.org.

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