Who we are & what we do




Homeless and Wounded Warriors-MN has become known partially through their Annual August Motorcycle Ride which will take place, Saturday,  August 24, 2019. These rides, 125-150 miles, attract many, many motorcycle enthusiasts and are followed by a delicious dinner at the Crosslake Legion Post 500 in Crosslake, Minnesota. The ride wends it’s way through some of the most beautiful lakes and pines country available in our part of the state and is both relaxing and fun.
Please join us this year.



Russ Philstrom


Natile Peterson


Shane Ofstun

Vice Chair

Kyle O'Conner

Member at Large

Roger Bentley Jr





Where did we come from and how did we get here

Homeless and Wounded Warriors was the brainchild of three veteran motorcyclists in 2005 who wished to do nothing more than help homeless veterans living on the street achieve adequate housing with supportive services. In our first year we raised $2100.00, which, in it’s entirety, was donated to the St. Cloud VA homeless veterans program. We held our first ever motorcycle ride for homeless veterans in August 2005. 21 motorcycles showed up and we had no ride sponsors at the time.

In succeeding years more funds were raised as more people participated and in 2010 we made a major move to relocate our annual rides in the lakes and pines country around Crosslake, MN. We moved our office there as well. That year was our first attempt at getting area businesses involved through sponsorship donations and we were pleasantly surprised to enlist more than 60 businesses, banks, veterans organizations and  real estate companies to assist us in our yearly endeavor. It was about that time that we added a silent auction to the end of our annual motorcycle ride and it was a great success with overall proceeds from the ride and auction approximating $8000.00

Once more, moving forward, our organization began to decide on its own  how to disburse our revenue based on homeless veteran individuals brought to our attention by county veteran service offices and the Camp Ripley Family Assistance Center. We also began to donate to wounded warrior families in need of assistance. We began growing fast.

In 2013 we introduced our small line of apparel and began selling t-shirts, sweatshirts, caps, patches and decals. We also began to reach out to area cities holding summer festivals and participated in those by selling apparel and distributing information about our organization.

In 2016 we participated in nine of those events, held our 12th Anniversary Motorcycle Ride for Homeless and Wounded Warriors, and had a highly successful silent auction at the Crosslake Legion Post 500, who had become our greatest advocate and supporter, and handled preparations for the end of the ride meal. With 134 sponsors, the ride and apparel sales we raised $48,000.00, our greatest total ever. Also, in 2016 we applied for 501c3 non-profit status under the name Homeless and Wounded Warriors-MN and were granted that. We are registered with the Minnesota Secretary of States Office as a charity.

We look forward to many more successful years as we grow and become more recognized. What a blessing it has been for us to assist 11 families so far this year with more to come. We invite you to join Homeless and Wounded Warriors-MN in whatever capacity you feel comfortable. We are an all volunteer organization with no paid employees. 100% of what we bring in goes back out to assist veterans and their families. We are completely transparent in our dealings with people and will begin publishing our annual report on this site.

Welcome to all of you.