YWCA Mitchell to merge with EmBe

MITCHELL, S.D. (KSFY) - A Mitchell-based program is looking to better serve the community.

That is why the Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA) is merging with Empowering You to Be -- also known as EmBe in Sioux Falls.

EmBe was the YWCA Sioux Falls for 92 years before it disaffiliated in April 2013.

EmBe CEO Laurie Knutson said both groups are stronger together, and they can better serve the community with this merger.

"We all do a lot with women and children and family-time programs, and services," she said. "In an age when resources are tighter, and you have to do more with less, when you do come together and collaborate and make partnerships, that just makes it bigger and stronger for everybody, gives you a stronger foundation in order to do more with less."

A merger celebration will take place Monday at the YWCA in Mitchell.