A Man Shares His Story About Living At The Men’s Winter Refuge

A shelter designed to provide shelter to homeless men in the winter months is open for another season.

The Men’s Winter Refuge has helped some 250 men in its five years, including one man who used it to find his way back from despair.

“This is the room where I slept. The actual bed where I slept,” said Wayne Pettibone, Minot Resident.

Wayne Pettibone moved back to Minot last winter and he says he had next to nothing. He was living in his truck and was desperately trying to find a job.

“I was just embarrassed, I had never been homeless,” said Pettibone.

One day he saw a poster for the Men’s Winter Refuge. He didn’t go at first but when he finally checked it out, he quickly realized it was going to change his life for the better.

“He had a plan in mind of what he wanted to do, what kind of jobs he was looking for and he just needed a place to kind of decompress for a little while and take a breath,” said Mike Zimmer, Executive Director.

“When you’re living in your truck you don’t have a shower so very very priceless,” said Pettibone.

Zimmer says they focus on getting the men back on their feet by helping them find a job and a place to live before the shelter closes in April. They also give the men a bed, food, a shower, and a washer and dryer to use.

“I mean this place really, honestly, I don’t know where I would’ve been this summer if I was still sleeping in my truck,” said Pettibone.

Within 2 months, Wayne had turned his life around. He’ll be plowing snow this winter, he has a place to live, and he’s even become a board member for the shelter.

“I’m not going to forget this place,” said Pettibone.

The Men’s Winter Refuge has a turkey dinner fundraiser Sunday at 11am at Our Lady of Grace Church in Minot.

Men’s Winter Refuge Wish List: https://www.menswinterrefuge.com/wish-list

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