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Men's Winter Refuge - a safe place   for men experiencing homelessness   in the Minot area.

About the Men's Winter Refuge


The Minot Area Men’s Winter Refuge, a 501c3 non-profit men’s homeless shelter, has provided shelter to more than 1,300 men experiencing homelessness since opening our doors in 2013.


From a humble beginning in the winter of 2013-14 with men sleeping on air mattresses and sleeping bags, the Men's Winter Refuge has since moved to a comfortable house in southeast Minot.  The house features 12 beds in 4 bedrooms with 2 full bathrooms and large kitchen/dining and living room areas.  This wonderful facility has been made possible through many generous gifts and grants from the City of Minot, the Minot Area Community Foundation, St. Joseph's Community Health Care Foundation, the Otto Bremer Trust, the North Dakota Department of Commerce, as well as many local churches, businesses and caring individuals.

In addition to our winter shelter, year-round services provided by the Men's Winter Refuge include short-term hotel stays for men experiencing homelessness; transportation assistance (help with bus/train tickets) to those seeking shelter elsewhere; free men's clothing to anyone in need; and weekly transportation (every Wednesday) for anyone to a local food pantry.


As we continue to grow to meet the needs of those in need in the Minot area, our most constant needs are financial support; evening meals for our residents; and during the winter months, overnight volunteers to stay on site from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m.

All residents must have photo ID, must pass a background check, and must be clean & sober every night.  No exceptions.  The Men's Winter Refuge reserves the right to refuse service to any individual.


If you know of a homeless individual in need of help, or if you have any other questions about our services, contact executive director Mike Zimmer at 701-822-2585 or by e-mail at

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