Open House for NUMAS Haus!

The NUMAS Haus Board of Directors
is pleased to invite you to an
Open House
Saturday, June 18, 201
9 AM to noon
606 Center Street • New Ulm, MN

–– 9:00 AM Ribbon-Cutting with New Ulm Mayor Bob Beussman
— Meet Patty Paulson, Shelter Coordinator
— Tours will be offered throughout the morning
— House-warming gifts are gratefully accepted!

NUMAS Haus is registered at and if you need housewarming gift ideas (we need things like sheets, towels, dishes, pots and pans, etc.) We also need cleaning supplies and feminine hygiene products (we have plenty of shampoo, bath soap, toothpaste, etc.!).

See you on the 18th!

Mid-May Update

It’s been a busy month around NUMAS Haus!

Comcast Cares Day on April 30 helped kick off the month with a fabulous crew working in and around NUMAS Haus – landscaping, putting together a picnic table and some porch furniture, painting, cleaning… four hours flew by!

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Then it was on to the Goosetown Roller Girls opening bout, where NUMAS Haus was their featured charity for the evening!

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Meanwhile, back at the house, volunteers from various churches continued to paint… and paint …. and paint … the Lions Club even joined in, taking care of the radiators with a sprayer (but they didn’t want anyone taking their pictures)!

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Then the Rotary Club showed up, with new appliances for the kitchen and laundry area!

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Now the painting is complete, and the plumbing is pretty much done.

2016-05-10 11.15.14 The new boiler will go in soon, and the radiators will be reconnected. Air conditioning units, carpet, and new furniture are next on the list. We are shooting for a June 18 Open House and ribbon-cutting. so mark your calendar now to get a tour of NUMAS Haus before it begins accepting clients!

Keep praying for the homeless single mothers who need shelter now, and have nowhere to go. If you’d like to purchase items for the house, NUMAS Haus is on the bridal registry at and on the graduation registry at Items you purchase can be dropped off at First United Methodist Church 9 AM-1 PM Tuesday-Friday, or bring them to the Open House on June 18! Tax-deductible cash donations can be sent to PO Box 291, New Ulm, MN 56073. Help us give families a future!

Comcast Cares on April 30, 2016!

NUMAS Haus is delighted to be chosen by Comcast in the Community for Comcast Cares Day on April 30! You can sign up here to register (and get a T-shirt!), then plan to join the crew that starts working at 8 AM on April 30th, as we put some finishing touches on the renovated house at 606 Center Street! Donuts and muffins will be available in the morning, but if you aren’t an early bird, we can still use your help throughout the morning. The fun ends at noon!

Volunteers will support New Ulm’s first homeless shelter by cleaning and painting in the house. Also assembling outdoor furniture, general landscaping and repairing a picnic table.  We hope you will join us!

April Showers Make NUMAS Haus a Home

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NUMAS Haus is registered at Herberger’s and Target. At Herberger’s look under NUMAS Haus or Haus NUMAS on the Wedding Registry. At Target look under NUMAS Haus on the College Registry.

Gifts may be delivered (or sent) to NUMAS Haus, in care of First United Methodist Church at 1 North Broadway, New Ulm, MN 56073.

We’ll set up a registry at Walmart soon.

Shopping with a Purpose can be fun:

  • Have a Shelter Shower with your book club, women’s association, or youth group. We’ll provide a board member to talk about NUMAS Haus if you’d like.
  • Use your Herberger’s coupons! Earn more Herberger’s coupons! Get more for your money and we’ll never know!
  • Gift cards will allow us to fill in the gaps.

Happy Easter from NUMAS Haus!

Easter celebrates resurrection and new life, and that’s what NUMAS Haus wants to offer to homeless single mother families in the New Ulm area. Would you like to help us fill some “Easter baskets” with goodies for these moms and their kids? We aren’t talking about candy – we’re talking about things like shampoo and soap, toothbrushes and toothpaste, personal hygiene items and small plush toys that children can keep as comfort items.

We will be assembling welcome kits for NUMAS Haus residents at the New Ulm Home and Health Show on Saturday, April 2, from 2 to 6 pm. Stop by and help us fill a tote with goodies, or even better, bring your donations of shampoos, conditioners, and other items to Christ the King Lutheran Church 1515 N. Garden Street  by THURSDAY, MARCH 31.  Here’s a complete list of the items we need:

bath soap
disposable razors
bath toy
plush toy
No tears shampoo
bath sponge or loofah
hairbrush  comb
nail clippers
emery boards
facial tissue
cotton swabs
cotton balls
lip balm
hand/body lotion
dental floss

And while you’re shopping for these smaller items, keep in mind that NUMAS Haus will need a full supply of kitchen, bath, and bedroom supplies very soon. We’ve registered at Herberger’s! Look for gift registry #3914214 on the Herberger’s website and get ready to shop!

NUMAS Update

The walls are up and new windows are being installed this week. The house is taking shape! Now we need to furnish it. The plan is to purchase new bedroom titan furniturefurniture designed specifically for institutional use (college dorms, shelters, etc.).

It will cost about $5,000 for the smallest room, $7,500 for the middle sized room, and $9,000 for the largest room. Would your organization like to “adopt a room” to help cover these costs?

We also need items to outfit the kitchen – everything from pots and pans to forks and spoons. Extra long twin sheet sets for the bunk beds, blankets, mattress pads, pillows, bath towels, washcloths … if a household uses it, we need it. Would you consider hosting a “shower” for NUMAS Haus to provide some of these items? The house should be ready to “move in” by June 1. Help us outfit it well!

If you’re good at making lists and selecting durable goods, maybe you’re the person we need to get NUMAS Haus on the gift registry at local stores. This will help other organizations help NUMAS Haus, by providing precise information about the items that are needed. Send an e-mail to volunteer for this important task, and you could be our next Gift Registry Coordinator, an extremely desirable volunteer position!


You can help! As the renovation project at NUMAS Haus reaches the halfway mark, we could use a few helping hands to reduce labor costs.

Saturday, March 12 – Clean and prep for painting

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Saturday, March 19 – Painting!

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Go to and search for NUMAS Haus to sign up for one or both service opportunities.

Thank you, thank you!

This is the time of year when most non-profits have a hand out, encouraging you to make a tax-deductible charitable donation before the year ends.

We aren’t doing that.

Instead, the Board of Directors of NUMAS Haus wishes to express its profound gratitude for all that you, our supporters, have already contributed in 2015 to help us provide shelter and services to homeless single mother families.

To date, we have raised enough cash to begin construction. The extensive renovation of NUMAS Haus, including a new kitchen, two new bathrooms, an office, and sleeping space for up to three families at a time, is about to begin. You made this possible. Thank you.

We are now raising the funds to hire a shelter coordinator and begin furnishing the house for occupancy. NUMAS Haus will begin providing shelter and services within the next few months. You made this possible. Thank you.

One of our goals is to raise awareness of the need for a place like NUMAS Haus. More groups are asking us to come share our story, and more organizations are partnering with NUMAS Haus to provide shelter and services to single mother families in New Ulm. Articles have appeared in the New Ulm Journal, the River Valley Woman magazine, and on the website of the Minnesota Conference of the United Methodist Church.
You made this possible. Thank you.

As 2015 draws to a close, and we look forward to a year in which we can finally begin to realize the dream of helping homeless families get on their feet, we want to thank you for your financial support, your prayers, your questions, and your willingness to help. You’ll be hearing more from us early next year, as we draw closer to Opening Day. There will be plenty of opportunities for you to help make a difference in the lives of homeless single mother families. But right now, know that you are already making a difference, and we are grateful for you and your generosity. Have a very merry Christmas, and a blessed New Year!

The NUMAS Haus Board of Directors


Work Day at NUMAS Haus!

Friends of NUMAS Haus, Bill Day will lead a workday this Saturday, September 26, 2015, beginning at 9:00AM – and you are welcome to join him! He needs 3-5 people to help remove kitchen cabinets and fixtures. One large cabinet, original to the house, may be valuable as architectural salvage, so the goal is to keep it intact as it is removed. (You can make a bid for it when you see it!)

You will need prybars and other carpentry tools, and appropriate eye protection, as well as work gloves and closed-toe shoes.

The house is located at 606 Center Street, between First United Methodist Church and the Lind House. You can sign up for this work day at If you are not already a member, just click on the “join community” button, type NUMAS into the search box, and follow the directions to become a member. Once approved, you can go to the calendar page and put your name in one of the spots listed.

See you on Saturday!