The Men’s Winter Refuge provides many year-round services for individuals in need in addition to our winter shelter, which is open from Nov. 1 to April 30.
About Our Services
Founded in the winter of 2013-14, the Men’s Winter Refuge is a men’s homeless shelter which is open from November 1 to April 30.
The Men’s Winter Refuge is located in a 5-bedroom house in southeast Minot, with a total of 15 beds. Residents are housed at the Men’s Winter Refuge every night from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.
We are a 12-hour emergency shelter. No one under the influence of alcohol or drugs is permitted at the Men’s Winter Refuge.
At 7 p.m. every night, the Men’s Winter Refuge van picks up the residents at a designated meeting spot in downtown Minot and transports them to the house, where they are provided with a hot meal, a shower, laundry facilities, basic medical care (if needed) and — most importantly — a warm, comfortable bed.
Quiet time for the residents each night is from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. Wake-up time in the morning is 6 a.m. Every morning the Winter Refuge van drops off the residents wherever they need to go around the city, whether it be a job site, social services agency, employment agency, church, etc.
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; weekly transportation (Wednesdays) to The Lord’s Cupboard food pantry; and monthly transportation (first Tuesday) to Wal-mart for home-bound individuals . We will also provide men's clothing to anyone in need throughout the year.
Through all of our services, the Men's Winter Refuge serves more than 1,000 individuals in need per year. All of this is accomplished with just one paid employee and a remarkable army of community-minded volunteers.
Our Mission Statement
"To offer shelter from the cold and to provide assistance referrals to men coming to our area."