Men's Winter Refuge - a safe place for men in need during the coldest months 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, is open from November 1 to April 30.


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 15 beds in 5 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 bus/train ticket assistance for those in need, motel vouchers for those in need, men's clothing for those in need, and weekly transportation (Wednesdays) to The Lord’s Cupboard food pantry.


As we continue to grow to meet the needs of homeless men and other individuals in need in our community, our most constant needs are financial support and 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 show up 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