2023 Annual Fundraiser

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NUMAS Haus Mission

NUMAS Haus provides shelter and support services to homeless women and their children primarily in the Brown County, Minnesota area. 

Our Story

NUMAS Haus began in 2013 at a meeting of the New Ulm Ministerial Association, where the pastors realized there were no shelters in the Brown County area. At that time, there were over 40 children in the school districts without a permanent address. In collaboration with several New Ulm churches, a home offered by First United Methodist Church and the work of many community champions, NUMAS Haus incorporated as a 501(c)(3) non-profit and opened its doors in 2016. The first family moved in within 48 hours.

NUMAS Haus provides shelter and support services to homeless women and children in the Brown County area. The shelter is a home with a welcoming environment that can host up to three families at a time. During their stay, residents participate in a 90-day program, which connects families to education, resources, employment, mental health services, and housing within the community. NUMAS Haus actively collaborates, facilitates and utilizes community partners to enhance the quality of programming and life for our residents. NUMAS Haus residents have curfews, chores, requirements for savings and employment, and other responsibilities while staying at NUMAS Haus. After moving into their own housing, families may receive case management for up to 2 years to maintain long-term stability.

As of February 2024, NUMAS Haus has served 88 women and 92 children (180 total), and almost 70% of residents complete the program and move into their own housing. NUMAS Haus relies on donations from the communities and grants to provide the much-needed support.

“We are supposed to love our neighbor and being involved in NUMAS Haus allows us to do just that. We are able to make a long-term difference in the lives of people right here in Brown County.”

Pastor Phil Schenck, President of the Board

“NUMAS Haus is supported largely by local donations, and we are truly grateful for the community’s support since the inception of NUMAS Haus. We are eager to continue our mission and help more families in need.”

Tim Knaak, Vice President of the Board


How it Works

NUMAS Haus families can stay at our shelter for up to 90 days. In this time, NUMAS Haus families will work with the shelter staff to establish current and future goals that the family is required to work on in order to obtain long-term, stable housing by the end of their stay at NUMAS Haus.

NUMAS Haus residents have the opportunity to work with the following 3 courses:


RentWise is a curriculum that teaches tenants how to be good renters by building skills in areas such as budgeting, communication, housing cleanliness and safety in order to avoid evictions.

Love and Logic

Love and Logic is a parenting class taught by a trained instructor which offers a loving, yet powerful approach to improving parenting skills.


Nutrition class is used to teach the importance of healthy habits, cooking healthy, and purchasing healthy foods on a budget.

Additional Areas of Support

  • Mental Health
  • Physical Health
  • Life Skills
  • Health and Safety
  • Parenting Skills
  • Financial Skills
  • Food and Clothing Resources
  • Housing Resources
  • Conflict/Resolution Skills
  • Job Search/Employment Skills
  • Personal Responsibility
  • Transportation

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