United Way's Emergency Homeless Shelter


At the start of wintertime in 2017, a longtime homeless provider announced that they were closing the Men’s Emergency Shelter. This was the only emergency homeless shelter in Bismarck-Mandan. On October 27, 2017, United Way stepped up to make sure no one was sleeping out in the cold, meeting nightly with homeless men, women, and children. We started an emergency homeless shelter to offer a warm and safe place, meals, basic necessities, and linkages to services. We are providing a safe and supportive environment, helping our most vulnerable population get back on their feet.

Missouri Slope Areawide United Way is ground zero for the homeless in our community. We have an emergency homeless shelter that is open 7 days a week, 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. Intake services are from 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm, 7 days a week. Appointments will be scheduled for linkages to services to assist with other individual needs.

Our United Way Emergency Shelter is located at 1140 S. 12th St. in Bismarck, ND.  To contact the shelter, call 701-401-5606.

For additional information or to learn more about volunteer opportunities, contact our office at 701-255-3601 or email volunteering@msaunitedway.org.


We're always in need of volunteers and donations.

Monetary donations are always needed and appreciated, but we're also regularly looking for these NEW/unused items:

  • Hand soap
  • Toilet paper & paper towels
  • Dishtowels
  • Hand sanitizer & disinfectant wipes 
  • Breakfast snacks (ex. granola bars, oatmeal, and fruit cups)
  • Underwear, bras & Socks
  • Razors & shaving cream
  • Sleepwear (shorts, t-shirts)
  • Hats, gloves, scarfs
  • Shampoo, body wash, and conditioner
  • Toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, and other commonly used toiletries

All donations can be dropped off at our main office: 515 N 4th Street.

Thank you for your compassion and support. Join us in problem-solving and filling these community gaps. Every dollar helps!

Center for Opportunity

The United Way’s Emergency Homeless Shelter served over 940 clients in 2021 and the existing structure is not suitable for sustaining the community’s needs.

United Way partnered with Community Works of ND to begin construction on a new permanent facility in July 2021.  The “Center for Opportunity” will provide a safe and supportive environment, with a focus on helping the most vulnerable get back on their feet.  The new facility will offer more dedicated space for families and be better positioned to provide linkages to community services right at the center.  Services like assistance with resumes and employment coaching from Job Service ND, advocacy and counseling, transportation to free wellness programs through the YMCA, bible studies, and many more will help clients at the Center get back on their feet and break through the cycle of poverty.