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 here. Because 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.


  • 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 your own action – be creative and let MCH know what you did! Examples are:
    • Write a letter to the editor in your community 
    • Visit your Legislator in your own district or visit them at the Capitol and share the MCH legislative agenda with them
    • Meet with your community members to talk about our shared advocacy in ending homelessness


  • Commit by signing up here 
  • Call and email your lawmaker and invite TWO people to do each action alert MCH sends
  • Attend an event in your community with TWO of your friends. Be sure to talk about the MCH legislative agenda  and if possible share our legislative materials

Shelter Supporter Exclusives 

  • Optional Zoom meeting every other Monday from 12:00pm-12:30pm w/ updates from MCH (starting Jan 31st, 2022)
  • Emails with information, updates, and actions to share with your community
  • Your name/organization listed on the website as a Shelter Supporter (optional)
  • Be a part of a community of advocates that are working together to end homelessness


Please join us in pushing our bold agenda in ending homelessness

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