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Recovery Fund distribution at one-year mark continues long-term rebuilding efforts
With a widely-used expense reimbursement program completed, the Minot Area Community Foundation plans to continue using donated funds to benefit long-term rebuilding in the region. Over the last nine months, Community Foundation staff and volunteers spent hundreds of hours sending out three rounds of notification letters to reach the more than 4,000 families or individuals impacted by the 2011 Mouse ...

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Minot Area Community Foundation awards $90,000 to the Men's Winter Refuge

Minot, N.D. - The Minot Area Community Foundation has awarded $90,000 to the Men's Winter Refuge to address an acute need in our region for shelter for homeless men during the coldest months of winter. This grant, provided by the Arnold I. Besserud Endowment Fund, marks a milestone for our community by providing seed funding to establish the Men's Winter Refuge as the first men's homeless shelter in Minot.

"As our community continues to change and grow, it is imperative that we begin building our social service infrastructure," said Ken Kitzman, President of the Minot Area Community Foundation. "Our investment in the Men's Winter Refuge signifies our effort to be a leader when trying to meet emerging community needs."

The Men's Winter Refuge tested its ability to house homeless men through a partnership formed in February 2014 with the Minot Police Department, Minot Area Homeless Coalition, and First Lutheran Church. During just two short months of operation, the Men's Winter Refuge was able to house 23 men in a vacant single-family home owned by First Lutheran Church, with eight of those men finding permanent work and several others finding permanent housing during their stay.

The funding obtained by the Men's Winter Refuge from the Minot Area Community Foundation will allow for the renovation of a new shelter facility that can house up to 16 men per night and provide funds to hire paid staff.

"We believe that the services provided by the Men's Winter Refuge will help homeless men more rapidly become contributing, permanent members of the community," said George Withus, Chair of the Men's Winter Refuge Board of Directors.

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Give360 and DTAM Bring the Magic City Discovery Center to Minot!

Minot, N.D. - Give360, a giving circle of the Minot Area Community Foundation, has been working for two years to bring a children's museum to Minot. Through a recent partnership formed with the Dakota Territory Air Museum, Give360 will be able to utilize space within the Dakota Territory Air Museum's facility to house Phase 1 of a children's museum, which has been named the Magic City Discovery Center: Museum without Walls. The group plans to have the Magic City Discovery Center open throughout the months of November - March, with more information on times and events to be announced at a later date.

Wendy Keller, Give 360 President, states "We need to offer more family-oriented activities for young families in the Minot area. We want the best of both worlds…to maintain the great quality of life that North Dakotans are accustomed to and to offer the attractions often found in large cities."

Excitement for a children's museum in the Minot area has been steadily building, prompting Kathleen Neset of the North Dakota Petroleum Council to lend her support for the Magic City Discovery Center, remarking "I will be encouraging the oil industry to support this project and other projects like this in western North Dakota as it enhances the quality of life for the very workers and their families building our energy industry - and our communities."

According to the Association of Children's Museums, it takes an average of 5-7 years to open a full-scale children's museum; therefore, Give360 has decided to start small by creating a "Museum without Walls" with the help of the Dakota Territory Air Museum where activities and play dates will be organized to acquaint the community with what a children's museum is all about, which is learning through interactive play.

Give360 has been able to secure funding from the North Dakota Community Foundation's Minot Community Endowment Fund ($33,000), Minot Area Community Foundation's Mike & Dorothy Dolan Fund ($33,000), and dollars raised through the Give360 Color Dash, which is expected to top $30,000.

According to Don Larson, DTAM President, "The Dakota Territory Air Museum is proud to be an integral part of helping to make the Magic City Discovery Center: Museum without Walls a reality in our community."

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