Shelter Supporter Campaign

Shelter Supporters: Champions and Advocates

The Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless invites you to be a Shelter Supporter this legislative session. Your commitment will make homelessness more visible to your lawmaker and in Minnesota. A Shelter Supporter will commit to taking action in different capacities. There are two levels to get involved: Champion and Advocate, and you can sign up hereBecause of the past advocacy of people like you, homelessness and affordable housing are visible issues to lawmakers. With your support, we will work together to expand emergency shelter beds to ensure no one has to sleep outside, invest in programs that cultivate long-term stability, and guarantee everyone in our community has a permanent place to call home.

Champion
  • Commit by signing up here 
  • Call and email your lawmaker and invite FIVE people to do each action alert MCH sends
  • Attend an event in your community with FIVE of your friends.  Be sure to talk about the MCH legislative agenda and if possible hand out copies
  • Recruit another person to be a Shelter Supporter
  • Choose 2 of the following options:
    • Write a letter to the editor in your community 
    • Visit your Legislator in your own district or visit them at the Capitol and share MCH legislative agenda with them
    • Choose your own action – be creative and let MCH know what you did!
Advocate
  • Commit by signing up here 
  • Each action alert that MCH sends – Call and email your lawmaker and invite TWO people to do it as well
  • Attend an event in your community with TWO of your friends.  Be sure to talk about the MCH legislative agenda

Shelter Supporter Exclusives 

  • Optional Zoom conference call every other Monday from 12:00pm-12:30pm w/ updates from MCH (starting Jan 18th, 2021)
  • Emails with information, updates, and actions to share with your community
  • Your name/organization listed on the website as a Shelter Supporter
  • Be a part of a community of advocates that are working together to end homelessness

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Please join us in pushing our bold agenda in ending homelessness. You can find our full agenda here.

In 2021, our priorities include expanding emergency shelter beds to ensure no one has to sleep outside, investing in programs that cultivate long-term stability, and guaranteeing everyone in our community has a permanent place to call home.

Confirmed Shelter Supporters

Champion – Benjamin J Margeson, CHUM
Champion – Christina Giese, Simpson Housing Services
Champion – Jan Ashmore, Northland Allies
Champion – Janine Taft & Black Water Alley Band
Champion – Jean Lee, APAHC-Housing Consortium, Children’s Hope Intl./R & R Family Ctrs
Champion – Jessica Mathias, Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless
Champion – John Cole, Align Mpls
Champion – Kathryn Simpson
Champion – Ron Oleheiser, Grace House of Itasca County
Champion – Sheri Riemers, Ain Dah Yung (Our Home) Center
Champion – Trent Fluegel
Advocate – Amber Holmstrom – West Central MN Communities Action = As an organization who is looking to end homeless within our communities.
Advocate – Amra Mucic, Simpson Housing Services
Advocate – Anne Krisnik, Joint Religious Legislative Coalition
Advocate – Beth Smith, Simpson Housing Services
Advocate – Beth Winterfeldt; Partners for Housing
Advocate – Care and Share of Crookston, Inc
Advocate – Charlie Platt, MSW student at University of Minnesota
Advocate – Christina Jacobson, Simpson Housing Services
Advocate – Connections Ministry Shelter
Advocate – Ellen Finn, Our Saviour’s Housing
Advocate – Emily Murphy, Our Saviour’s Housing
Advocate – Isaac Wengerd
Advocate – Jannie Scott
Advocate – Jen Theneman, Partners for Affordable Housing
Advocate – Jenny Mason, St. Andrew’s Community Resource Center
Advocate – Jessica Lamb
Advocate – Jocelyn Pickreign
Advocate – Jordan J May, Red Lake Homeless Shelter
Advocate – Julie Wells, Simpson Housing Services
Advocate – Katelyn Warburton
Advocate – Kelsey Vosika, Executive Director with Family Promise of Kandiyohi County
Advocate – Kerry Klemm (Bridging board member, advocacy committee)
Advocate – Laura Willodson, Simpson Housing Services
Advocate – Laurie Tazelaar, Living Your Legacy, LTW
Advocate – LLSoderstrom
Advocate – Madison Hurst
Advocate – Maggie Rozycki
Advocate – Marilyn Berg
Advocate – Maryssa Poderzay
Advocate – Model Cities of St. Paul, Inc.
Advocate – Molly Lyons, CHUM
Advocate – Nicole Laumer
Advocate – Noel Ann Porter
Advocate – Reed Olson, Beltrami County Commissioner & Nameless Coalition Executive Director
Advocate – Rosamond Spring
Advocate – Rose Surma, Oasis Central Minnesota
Advocate – Shannon Wolf, MAHUBE-OTWA Community Action Partnership, Inc. Housing Programs
Advocate – Solid Ground
Advocate – Steve Susens – Aeon Resident
Advocate – Teia Kopari, CADA Shelter Program
Advocate – Tom Anderson
Advocate – Wendy Wiegmann, Simpson Housing Services
Advocate – Zak Yudhishthu