Homeless men seek shelter for winter

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BISMARCK, N.D. - The men's emergency shelter on Rosser and 23rd closed its doors less than a week ago, leaving many homeless men with no place to go.

KFYR spoke to a few men that stayed at the emergency shelter, and they said they're living on the streets now because they have no other options.

People who are homeless keep life simple.

"Just keep God in my life and survive, that's all I can say," said Jovy Zimmerman, homeless.

Zimmerman is one of many trying to survive the cold winter months.

"I don't think it's right. These guys got to go some place, it's cold out there," said Randy Stewart, homeless.

Ministry on the Margins is one place these men go to, to find comfort and warmth.

"We take the approach here at the ministry, the Serenity Prayer. This is what we can do, but for two hours we can have people feel valuable, laugh, we can give them all the food and warmth. Then we have the heartbreak of letting them go," said Sister Kathleen Atkinson with Ministry on the Margins.

And when they leave the Ministry, the men go back to sleeping on the streets.

"Always in a dark corner where no one can see you to prevent from getting robbed, and harassed by police or anybody else," said Zimmerman.

Zimmerman says he uses plastic to stay warm because it's a buffer from sleeping on the cold ground.

United Way and their partners have an immediate crisis plan to help ensure people like these men aren't stuck in the cold.

The Executive Director of United Way says proper authorities are aware of how to access these services.

Ruth Meiers Hospitality House on Boulevard in Bismarck is offering these homeless men the opportunity to seek entrance into their transitional and affordable housing.

Steve Neu, interim director of Ruth Meiers, says all they have to do is call 701-222-2108.