Shoot Down Homelessness at River Ridge Gun Club

Fundraiser will support NUMAS Haus

From left, First United Methodist Church Pastor and NUMAS Haus Board President Rev. Jo Anne Taylor, Shelter Coordinator Karla Diehn and NUMAS Haus Board Treasurer Bill Day.

The public is invited to Shoot Down Homelessness at a sporting clay fundraiser for NUMAS Haus, Thursday, Sept. 20 at the River Ridge Gun Club, Inc., 47028 547th Lane, Courtland.

Funds raised at the first annual event will be used to support the NUMAS Haus operating budget. The residence on Center Street, between Broadway and State Street, provides emergency shelter to single-mother families in District 88 and the Brown County area, and helps them develop the resources they need to become self sufficient.

A $150 entry fee for the fundraiser includes 14 sporting clay stages for 100 targets, a raffle ticket, awards dinner and speech from author, storyteller and humorist Al Batt of Hartland. Batt writes humor and nature columns for many newspapers and does radio shows about nature.

In addition, Batt writes nationally-syndicated cartoon strips and is author of the book “A Life Gone to the Birds.” He has hosted TV shows and talks at various festivals, conferences and conventions around the world.

Additional raffle tickets can be purchased to increase raffle winning chances. Additional dinner guest tickets are $40. Dinner guests are welcome even if they don’t shoot clays.

Humorist and author Al Batt, from Hartland, MN, will speak at the Shoot Down Homelessness awards dinner on Sept. 20.

People are welcome to donate if they can’t participate in the fundraiser.

Shooters are asked to pre-register with Bill Day. Call 507-327-6258 or email consultday@gmail.com.

Sign-in begins at 3 p.m. with a 3:30 p.m. shotgun start. Social time begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Courtland Recreation Center. Dinner starts at 7 p.m., Batt talks at 7:30 p.m. and awards presentations and drawings start at 8 p.m.

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NUMAS is an acronym for New Ulm Ministerial Association Shelter, which works to breathe a spirit of hope into the lives of the women and children it serves.

In the house just west of First United Methodist Church (UMC), three private family suites can house 2-5 family members each. Residents share two full bathrooms, a kitchen, laundry, dining and living rooms.

Most NUMAS Haus clients are referred from Brown County Family Services, local churches and other social service organizations. Clients may refer themselves, contacting the shelter coordinator Karla Diehn by calling 507-359-2202 or on the NUMAS Haus website numashaus.org

Families live at NUMAS Haus for up to 90 days. They receive assistance in finding housing, employment, child care, and other services like mental health care, transportation, and county services.

Most clients complete the steps required to obtain permanent housing within 90 days. Extensions may be offered at the shelter coordinator’s discretion, but they are rare.

Since August 2016, NUMAS Haus has provided shelter and services to 23 families, including 32 children. About 75 percent of the families have found and successfully maintained stable, permanent housing after completing the NUMAS Haus program.

The shelter coordinator works closely with each client to develop goals to meet individual needs and circumstances. NUMAS Haus offers case management services to clients for up to two years after they leave the house.

NUMAS Haus employs one full-time shelter coordinator. Volunteers staff the home when the coordinator is not on site. Board members or the coordinator are “on call” overnight and on weekends for emergencies and after-hours referrals when a volunteer is not on site.

Each family prepares their own meals, does their own laundry and does daily assigned housekeeping chores. First United Methodist Church owns and maintains the property. Volunteers provide additional maintenance support.

Residents must be in the house by their assigned curfew or their key codes don’t work. Then they must call the house to be allowed in by a volunteer or on-call staff member. Security cameras monitor both entrances and the parking area next to the house at all times.

New Ulm Ministerial Association churches involved with NUMAS Haus include The Catholic Diocese of New Ulm, Christ the King Lutheran Church, First United Methodist Church, Grace Community Church, Nora Unitarian Universalist Church of Hanska, Oakwood United Methodist Church, Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, and Immanuel Lutheran Church of Courtland.

NUMAS Haus is a privately-funded, tax-exempt, non-profit organization and a United Way of Brown County partner. It receives no government funding.

NUMAS Haus operating costs are about $6,000 a month.

The NUMAS Haus wish list includes hand and body lotions, hand soap, mouthwash, kid’s bubble bath, shampoo and conditioner, body wash, deodorant, hair brushes, baby wipes, diapers of all sizes, pillow cases, sheets for twin and full-size beds. Twin sheets must be XLT, dryer sheets, laundry detergent pods, dish soap, tampons, toilet bowl cleaner, tall laundry baskets, gas and grocery gift cards; and prayers.

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