The countdown to Give to the Max Day is on.

On November 13, you will have an opportunity to take part in GiveMN, a collaborative venture led by Minnesota Community Foundation and many other organizations committed to helping make our state a better place. Every year thousands of organizations and individuals generate donations and excitement for Minnesota causes that are working to improve the quality of life for all Minnesotans. Please help support Churches United for the Homeless on this day of giving. Go to and schedule your gift today! You will have the opportunity to help the shelter earn additional funds and matching dollars!


Shelter & Support in a Spiritual Setting

Churches United for the Homeless is the largest shelter in northwestern Minnesota and is the only shelter within 225 miles that is able to accommodate single men, single women, and both one and two parent families. We offer a safe haven to those most in need, a chance to reflect on the direction they wish for their lives, and the opportunity to utilize our community's many resources in achieving their goals.

Our Mission is to provide shelter and support in a spiritual setting.

We accomplish this goal by offering spiritual ministry and emotional affirmation to people who are homeless, furnishing a temporary shelter, and referring residents to appropriate services such as job service, social services, mental health services, and programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous.



Donation suspension sign

The Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless organized the following letter of support and survey on behalf of Churches United's proposed permanent housing project. If you would like to add your support, please follow this link where you will be able to read their letter and include your name:

Dear Community,

For a long time we have been stretching to help meet many needs for many people. As the number of people experiencing homelessness continues to increase, we are at a point of needing to limit some of our services in order to focus even more intently on helping people find homes. This means we will be reducing our services that are open to the community in order to provide for our residents.   

These are the changes that will occur to Community Center services.

Effective Mon., Nov 10th, Community Center hours will be 8am - 7pm daily.


Changes to donation-based services:

·         Churches United currently operates a food pantry and a free thrift store that is open to the community. Those services will end on November 25th and 26th, respectively. We will maintain a supply of goods to provide for residents’ needs. 

·         Fresh bread and non-perishable food on the Community Bread shelf will still be available to community members.

·         Because we will no longer have the free store, we are no longer accepting clothing donations except for specific requests. However, many services still depend on donations, so we will still need help with many items such as towels, bedding, boots and socks. Please contact Churches United or go to our Community Center link on our website to find out which items are most helpful at this time.


Please contact Lisa Lipari, Community Center Director, with any questions or concerns.