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100-Year Sunday Story: Women Archers of the YWCA

2022-07-22T14:12:11-05:00

Archery has been around since the first civilizations back in the Paleolithic period. While it was intended for fighting and hunting, the bow and arrow eventually morphed into a tool for leisure and hobby. Beginning in 1800, archery was seen as a sport and a means of friendly competition. However, the world of archery was mainly reserved for men as it was still used as a form of weapon for war. In the 1900 Olympic games, archery was included as a sport for the first time; this was the same year women were first allowed to participate. While women were [...]

100-Year Sunday Story: Women Archers of the YWCA2022-07-22T14:12:11-05:00

100-Year Sunday Story: Supporting Women from Around the World since 1920

2022-07-15T14:49:11-05:00

YWCA’s All Nations Club In 1921 the Emergency Quota Law was passed by the US Congress. This law established the United States’ first numerical limit on the number of immigrants allowed to enter the United States. A year after this law passed, the Sioux Falls YWCA created the All Nations Club – a club founded to support new women citizens.  Many new citizens felt homesick and lonely, unsure how to engage in American culture. This club aimed to celebrate the members’ home countries while teaching them about the American way of life.  Each meeting would center around a different topic. [...]

100-Year Sunday Story: Supporting Women from Around the World since 19202022-07-15T14:49:11-05:00

100-Year Sunday Story: Typical Girl Does Boy’s Job

2022-07-10T15:58:59-05:00

As part of our 100th anniversary, EmBe is highlighting powerful women from our past! These women remind us to be courageous and strong in our lives, and to follow our passions, even when others are against us. This week’s spotlight is on Diane Powell– a member of the YWCA from the 1940s! On September 2, 1947, Diane Powell became Sioux Falls’ first woman sports editor for a high-school paper. Because of this (and many other achievements), the YWCA named her the Y-Teen representative of the city. She traveled to many cities with this title and connected with other YWCA members. [...]

100-Year Sunday Story: Typical Girl Does Boy’s Job2022-07-10T15:58:59-05:00

‘I felt so loved and special, they cared about me and my success’: Colleen Keiser’s Story

2020-07-31T08:39:42-05:00

Colleen (left) practicing mock interviews. “I felt so loved and special, they cared about me and my success” Feeling beaten down emotionally and mentally, Colleen Keiser was looking to boost her self-confidence and to sharpen her professional skills for an upcoming job interview. “I wanted to gain my self-confidence back and understand what I wanted to do with the rest of my working life,” Keiser said. In 2019, Keiser joined Women to the Workforce, an EmBe program designed to help prepare participants to obtain employment or advancement in their current jobs. “I felt like each session was specifically [...]

‘I felt so loved and special, they cared about me and my success’: Colleen Keiser’s Story2020-07-31T08:39:42-05:00

Boutique by Appointment Sale

2020-07-13T09:54:45-05:00

Shop to support women July 23 and 24. Refresh your closet with our name brand clothing, shoes, bags and more while supporting EmBe Dress for Success Sioux Falls!   Details: Receive a one-hour shopping session at the Dress for Success Sioux Falls boutique (620 W 18th Street) with a $25 donation. During your session, fill your bag with as many items as you can fit. You won’t have to worry about running out of room — we’ll be offering additional bags for just $20. Limit of two (2) bags per person.   Follow this link to donate: http://weblink.donorperfect.com/BoutiquebyAppointment   We’ll be [...]

Boutique by Appointment Sale2020-07-13T09:54:45-05:00

‘The love and support is neverending’: A Dress for Success Sioux Falls Story

2020-07-31T08:38:58-05:00

When Amber Metzger came to Dress for Success Sioux Falls, her self-esteem was at an all-time low. “I was used to having everything put together and being good at moving towards success, but life got the better of me and destroyed my spirit,” Metzger said. Dress for Success Sioux Falls staff scheduled an employment suiting for Metzger and prepared her for a job interview. Metzger successfully landed the job. After securing employment, Metzger joined the Tapestry, a networking program for employed women to build skills and gain support throughout a year of employment. Metzger developed close relationships with the women [...]

‘The love and support is neverending’: A Dress for Success Sioux Falls Story2020-07-31T08:38:58-05:00

Paying Empowerment Forward

2020-07-06T13:59:30-05:00

Kaaren Randel is passionate about paying empowerment forward. Decades ago, after a divorce and facing homelessness, Kaaren found encouragement with an organization who provided her with the tools she needed to find success. “They helped me put together a resume, coached me on interviewing, provided me with professional clothing for interviewing, and gave me the support and encouragement I needed to get my family's life together,” she recalled. “Having other women in the same situation helped me realize that I was not alone and there was light at the end of the struggle.” Kaaren says that has motivated her to [...]

Paying Empowerment Forward2020-07-06T13:59:30-05:00

EmBeCause Giving Day

2020-07-01T10:56:03-05:00

EmBeCause Giving Day makes it easy for you to invest in empowering women and families in Sioux Falls and beyond. On Tuesday, July 7, share your empowering stories about why you support EmBe or how EmBe has made a difference in your life, or consider donating. Share your because with us on social media all day long by using the hashtag #EmBeCause Donations made are unrestricted gifts to the annual fund, allowing EmBe to meet its most urgent needs, including program scholarships, technological needs, staff development and facilities improvements. Donations also keep programs affordable and available to anyone who'd like to [...]

EmBeCause Giving Day2020-07-01T10:56:03-05:00

Inspired by the courage EmBe’s founders instilled in this mission 100 years ago and the courage with which EmBe leads today, we are asking you to join our #embecoretocore, a peer-to-peer fundraising campaign to cultivate the next century of courage in our community.

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