From November 1 to April 30, the Men’s Winter Refuge utilizes volunteers like you to drive the refuge van and to stay overnight with the residents.
Your year-end gift to MWR can be doubled with Twice Blessed !!
The Men's Winter Refuge is once again thrilled to be chosen to participate in the Twice Blessed matching grant campaign through the St. Joseph’s Community Health Foundation.
Through this amazing program, St. Joseph's will DOUBLE all of the donations we receive between Nov. 15 and Dec. 31, up to a cumulative total of $10,000.
To give online with a debit/credit card, simply visit http://sjchfnd.com/organizations/mens-refuge/ anytime between Nov. 15 and Dec. 31 and click on the “Donate” button under the Men's Winter Refuge description.
If you prefer to give with a check, simply call our executive director Mike Zimmer at 701-822-2585, and Mike will be glad to get a mail-in form to you.
Thank you so much for your support of our men's homeless shelter!! 😀❤️
Men's Winter Refuge to host Quilt Auction and Dinner fundraiser Oct. 5
The Men's Winter Refuge will hold a Quilt Auction and Dinner on Saturday, Oct. 5 at Bread of Life Lutheran Church in Minot. A total of 30 quilts will be sold on a live auction featuring Minot auctioneer John Bearman, and many more will be featured in a silent auction. The keynote speaker for the event will be Chelse Detert of the Creative Dimensions Quilt Academy of Minot. Tickets are $40 for a couple and $25 for an individual, which includes a homemade roast beef dinner with complimentary wine, live auction, silent auction and speaker. Doors will open at 5 pm, with dinner 6 pm and the live auction at 7 pm. Bread of Life Church is located at 1415 17th Ave. SW in Minot. For more information, call Men's Winter Refuge executive director Mike Zimmer at 701-822-2585. Please join us for this fun event to help Minot's men's homeless shelter!
3rd annual "Shoot for Shelter" is Aug. 10
The Men's Winter Refuge's 3rd annual "Shoot for Shelter" trapshoot tournament will be held on Saturday, Aug. 10 at the Minot Gun Club. The cost is $25 per shooter, the format is 2-person teams with a blind draw for partners, and a free lunch is included courtesy of The Hitchin' Kitchen food truck. BOTH members of the winning team will WIN GUNS -- Benelli Nova 12-gauge shotguns, to be exact. Prizes will be also be awarded to both members of the 2nd & 3rd place teams. Registration will begin at 10 a.m. and shooting will start at 11. Those who join us will also have a chance to go home with a Savage Axis rifle, a SCCY handgun or one of the other great prizes in our Shoot for Shelter raffle -- tickets will be available to buy at the shoot and the winners will be drawn afterwards. Join us for a good time and help raise money and awareness for Minot's men's homeless shelter! For information, contact Men's Winter Refuge executive director Mike Zimmer at 701-822-2585 or by e-mail at
Men's Winter Refuge inaugural "Game Night" fundraiser is June 8
Zombies? Superheroes? Star Wars characters? Jocks and nerds? Cowboys and cowgirls? The rock band KISS?
How will your team dress up for the inaugural Men's Winter Refuge Game Night? Join us for this fun and unique fundraiser on Saturday, June 8 at the Minot Moose Lodge.
Teams of 5 will play the classic TV game shows Family Feud and Name That Tune (presented by Encore Events of Minot) while having a great time raising money for Minot's men's homeless shelter. The cost is $40 per player or $20 per person if you just want to watch, and both include the Saturday Night Burger Bash meal at The Moose.
For more information, check out the attached flyer or call Men's Winter Refuge executive director Mike Zimmer at 701-822-2585. Start putting your team together today, and don't forget to pick a theme!
MWR seeking AmeriCorps VISTA intern
The Men's Winter Refuge is one of several Minot nonprofit organizations who are seeking an AmeriCorps VISTA intern.
For more information, visit sourisbasin.org/community-builder
The deadline to apply is June 21. Apply today at my.americorps.gov
Giving Hearts Day is Feb. 14
Giving Hearts Day 2019 is fast approaching, and you can make your online gift to the Men's Winter Refuge now and schedule it to be received on the 14th.
Simply go to www.givingheartsday.org and in the main article on the home page, click on "Schedule A Gift." Once you've searched the list of charities for Men's Winter Refuge and input your donation information, on the Checkout page will be an option to "Schedule Your Gift for Giving Hearts Day."
Clicking on this will ensure that the Men's Winter Refuge will receive your donation on Feb. 14 and will count toward our $10,000 goal. Last year we surpassed our $10,000 goal by just over $2,300, and we'd love to reach even higher this year! Thank you for your support!!
Men's Winter Refuge once again blessed by "Twice Blessed" campaign
Thank you to everyone who donated to the Men's Winter Refuge during this year's Twice Blessed matching grant campaign!!
We reached and surpassed our goal of $10,000, which earned a matching $10,000 from the St. Joseph's Community Health Foundation. At the annual Twice Blessed awards presentation, St. Joseph's CHF executive director Shelly Weppler presented us with a check for $32,713 !!
Thank you to all of the wonderful friends and supporters of our men's homeless shelter!!
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2nd annual Turkey Dinner is Nov. 11
The Men's Winter Refuge will hold its 2nd annual Turkey Dinner Fundraiser on Sunday, Nov. 11 at Our Lady of Grace Church in Minot. Food will be served beginning at 11 a.m. The cost is $15 per person and $10 for any military personnel -- veterans or active duty. Ages 6 & under are free. Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church is located at 707 16th Ave. SW. For questions or more information, call Mike at 701-822-2585. We hope to see you there! :)
Join us on Sept. 27 at Pizza Ranch
The Men's Winter Refuge will host a Community Impact fundraiser event on Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018 at Pizza Ranch in Minot. The event will run from 5-9 pm and Pizza Ranch will donate 20% of the sales to the Men's Winter Refuge! To participate, just download and print the flyer that is posted on our Facebook page ( facebook.com/menswinterrefuge ) and present it when you pay. For delivery and take-out orders between 5-9 pm, simply tell the associate when placing your order that you would like your purchase to support the Men's Winter Refuge fundraiser. All proceeds will go toward the operations of our men's homeless shelter. Thanks!!
Men's Winter Refuge plans Quilt Auction and Dinner
Calling all quilters!! The Men's Winter Refuge will host its inaugural Quilt Raffle and Dinner on February 2, 2019 at the Sleep Inn in Minot. This event will be a fundraiser for our men's homeless shelter. Any quilters or quilt guilds interested in donating quilts for the event are invited to contact Men's Winter Refuge executive director Mike Zimmer at 701-822-2585 for more information. Mike will be glad to mail or e-mail you a letter with all the details. Thanks!!
Root for the Sabre Dogs and support the MWR on Aug. 3
The Men's Winter Refuge will be the designated charity at the Sabre Dogs baseball game on Friday, Aug 3!! Game time is 7 p.m. at Corbett Field and Men's Winter Refuge board members and volunteers will be working the crowd to sell 50-50 tickets. Come out and enjoy and the game and make a donation to our men's homeless shelter!! To purchase advance general admission tickets with a $3 donation to the Men's Winter Refuge, click on the link below and enter MAMWR in the promo code box. Thanks .... hope to see you there!
MWR is seeking items for a silent auction
Are you looking to do a good deed for a good cause? The Men's Winter Refuge is seeking the donation of items, services, goods and gift certificates to be sold in the silent auction at our 2nd annual Shelter Jam fundraiser on May 5 at the Grand Hotel. If you own or work for a business that could donate items or services; or if you know someone that could donate hand-made products or items of value that are not being used, please contact Men's Winter Refuge executive director Mike Zimmer at 701-822-2585. We will gladly come to pick up the items. Thanks!!
Wild Hands to perform at 2nd annual 'Shelter Jam' on May 5
The Men's Winter Refuge is excited to announce that Minot's own Wild Hands will headline our 2nd annual "Shelter Jam" fundraiser this spring! The event will be held Saturday, May 5, 2018 at The Grand Hotel. Tickets are $30 each and 2 for $50, and can be purchased in advance at Jacobsen Music, Budget Music, or from any Men's Winter Refuge board member. In addition to the live music by Wild Hands, the night will feature a buffet meal, a silent auction and door prizes. Wild Hands recently released their second album, Growing Like a Weed, Part I. For more information on the band, visit their website at
'Twice Blessed' helps MWR raise more than $17,000
THANK YOU to everyone who donated to the Men's Winter Refuge on behalf of the "Twice Blessed" matching program conducted by the St. Joseph's Community Health Foundation.
The inaugural "Twice Blessed" campaign concluded on Dec. 31 and this week St. Joseph's CHF executive director Shelly Weppler presented the Men's Winter Refuge with a check for $17,893.46!! Wow!!
Those dollars will be used to fund our men's shelter as well as all of the other programs offered by the Men's Winter Refuge.
Thank you SO MUCH!!
Turkey Dinner & Quilt Raffle fundraiser
The Men's Winter Refuge will host a Turkey Dinner and Quilt Raffle fundraiser on Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017 at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Minot. The event will run from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The cost is $10 per person with a $40 max per family. Ages 4 and under are free. Raffle tickets will be sold for $5 with drawings held for quilts that are being made and donated for the event. All proceeds will go toward day-to-day operations of our men's homeless shelter. For information, call Men's Winter Refuge executive director Mike Zimmer at 701-822-2585.
'Shoot for Shelter' trapshoot fundraiser
The Men's Winter Refuge will hold its inaugural "Shoot for Shelter" fundraiser trapshooting tournament on Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017 at the Minot Gun Club north of Minot. Check-in will begin at 9:30 a.m. and shooting at 11 a.m. Entry fee is $25 per person. Shooters of all levels of experience and expertise are welcome, as a blind draw will be held for 5-person teams. Free lunch will be provided, and a raffle will be held featuring great prizes, including a Stoeger X20 air gun donated by The Sportsman's Loft. For more information, call Men's Winter Refuge executive director Mike Zimmer at 701-822-2585.
Need a ride to the food pantry?
The Men's Winter Refuge donates its 12-passenger van and volunteer drivers every Wednesday afternoon to transport individuals from the YWCA women's shelter, Milton Young Towers and Henry Towers to the Lord's Cupboard food pantry. Approximate pick-up times are 12:30 p.m. at the YW, 12:40 at Milton Young Towers and 12:50 at Henry Towers. Once they are done at the food pantry, all passengers are returned to the site where they boarded. If you know of anyone that can benefit from this free year-round service, please spread the word. If you have any questions, call Men's Winter Refuge executive director Mike Zimmer at 701-822-2585.
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Donate a meal
Thank you so much to all those who have donated meals to the Men’s Winter Refuge this season. Our residents have been blessed to receive everything from pizza to hot dishes to soup & sandwiches to pasta dishes to chili, and we are incredibly appreciative. If your family, organization or group of friends is interested in donating a meal any night from November thru April, call Men's Winter Refuge executive director Mike Zimmer at 701-822-2585. Meals can be delivered or we can pick them up.