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Gate City Bank sponsors Emergency Shelter Nurse program

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Gate City Bank has donated $16,800 to the YWCA Cass Clay Emergency Shelter to support its Shelter Faith Community Nurse (SFCN) program through Dec. 31, 2012. In collaboration with Sanford Health, the SFCN provides holistic health care for the women and children participating in YWCA housing programs.

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"The YWCA Cass Clay serves a vital need in our community and Gate City Bank has been a longtime supporter of their work," said Gate City Bank Chairman, President, and CEO Steve Swiontek. "We are happy to support the YWCA's Shelter Faith Community Nurse program so YWCA residents can have access to the healthcare information and resources they need."

The SFCN meets with women and children at the Emergency Shelter and empowers them to achieve optimal health and wellness. The nurse also promotes and enhances wellness in the lives of shelter residents and staff by addressing the needs of mind, body, and spirit with a focus on appropriate usage of health care services, access to care, and advocacy.

"Without this program," explained YWCA Cass Clay Executive Director Erin Prochnow, "many homeless women and children would not have their healthcare needs met. Through Gate City Bank's consistent generosity, we are able to continue to provide supportive services and safe shelter to families in our community."

Since the inception of the SFCN program, there have been many successes and cost savings to the community. Last year alone, the SFCN was able to show a cost-savings of more than $39,445 (estimated by Sanford Health).

A $1.3 billion mutual community bank, Gate City Bank has been providing complete banking services to its customers since 1923. Gate City Bank has 32 convenient banking offices across North Dakota and Minnesota, and employs more than 400 people. For more information, visit www.gatecitybank.com.

The YWCA Cass Clay is a nonprofit organization serving women and children facing homelessness in the community. Programs include emergency shelter, transitional and permanent supportive housing, shelter children's services, education and employment programming, racial justice work and a nationally accredited public childcare center, A Child's World. It is through these programs the YWCA Cass Clay carries out its mission of eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. For more information, visit ywcacassclay.org or follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/ywcacassclay.

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