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YWCA Quad Cities To Host Open House in Davenport on Thursday

The YWCA Quad Cities will host a public open house and ribbon cutting on Thursday, July 22. The ribbon cutting is at 4:30 p.m. and the open house will follow the ribbon cutting and last until 6 p.m.

On October 1, 2019, the YWCA Quad Cities opened its first Iowa location in Davenport, at One River Place, 1225 E. River Drive, Suite 110, YWCA Quad Cities To Host Open House in Davenport on Thursdaynamed the “Iowa Empowerment Center.” Due to the overwhelming response for the services the empowerment center provides, especially as a direct result of personal situations created as a direct result of the Covid-19 pandemic, the center experienced significant growth and realized it was necessary to find a larger space.

“We are so fortunate that we didn’t have to move too far,” said Deanna Woodall, Vice President Development & Growth. “One River Place is where the Iowa Empowerment Center started and the move is just to the other end of the building.”

 “The YWCA Quad Cities has always been chartered in Iowa,” said Julie Larson, President/CEO.

YWCA Quad Cities To Host Open House in Davenport on Thursday

YWCA president/CEO Julie Larson, left, with Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds and YWCA vice president Deanna Woodall at the Iowa Empowerment Center, 1225 E. River Drive, Davenport.

“It is now proven more than ever that having an actual (physical) location in Iowa is needed and we are honored to rise to the charge of serving the needs of our entire Quad-Cities community.”

The Iowa location (the Iowa Empowerment Center) provides assistance in areas such as job preparedness, leadership development, financial literacy and varying lifestyle topics and issues.  Adult education programs are also available, including WE360 (female entrepreneurship training program), Google IT Certificate and YWEB Career Academy, both programs offering training in the IT field.

In addition, the Iowa Empowerment Center houses a clothing closet, food and toiletry pantry. In addition, household essentials and cleaning supplies, toilet paper and paper towels, as well as baby necessities are always on hand at the Empowerment Center. Further, the Iowa location will serve as a satellite office for the main YWCA facility located in Rock Island, which has been a part of downtown Rock Island since 1917. It is important to note that there will not be childcare offered at this location at this time.

For more information, visit https://ywcaqc.org/

YWCA Quad Cities To Host Open House in Davenport on Thursday

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Jonathan Turner has been covering the Quad-Cities arts scene for 25 years, first as a reporter with the Dispatch and Rock Island Argus, and then as a reporter with the Quad City Times. Jonathan is also an accomplished actor and musician who has been seen frequently on local theater stages, including the Bucktown Revue and Black Box Theatre.
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