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My Warrior's Place, Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Human Services, Military & Veterans Organizations, Recreation & Sports, Sports, Veterans

Mission: To provide a relaxed setting and a safe harbor where healing can begin for those who have endured the sacrifice that is made when one serves or has a family member who serves in the military.

Results: Currently we are trying to fundraise to finish the new house we have already under construction. This building will allow us to provide our Grief and Peer Mentoring Program under one roof.

Target demographics: Veterans, Military Service Members, Blue Star and Gold Star Families.

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 15,000 American Heroes and their Families

Geographic areas served: Ruskin, FL

Programs: My Warrior's Place Retreat Center Project Corregidor Grief & Peer Mentoring Program FAVE Boating Expeditions

Community Stories

55 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

22 soldiers committ suicide on average per day... A year ago that number was was 21 because of people like CSM Mike... I can't possibly thank MWP enough. I am alive because of this place I think that should tell you enough.

Haley H.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

My Warrior's Place is absolutely wonderful. My family and I were blessed to be sponsored and able to come to this serene location. We were able to fish, ride bikes, kayak, cook s'mores and so much more. My husband was able to see a hypnotist for some personal issues (sleep, etc.). Kelly was a absolute delight to be around. Mike and Kara were so helpful and a joy. We will definitely be returning next year!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This operation serves a HUGE purpose to aid our service men and women who need a way to find a purpose and peace in their lives. It is amazing how tirelessly they work and let no obstacle stand in the way of their mission. OohRah !

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have watched My Warrior's Place from close to the beginning. The things that impress me are that most of the donations go directly to helping wounded warriors and Five Star Mothers and Fathers as most of help and expenses are donated by volunteers. They are motivated because of the effectiveness of helping. They have a quality program helping returning warriors deal with emotional issues they bring home. God bless My Warrior's Place.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My warrior place is a sanctuary for veterans and everyday hero’s police fire fighters etc.... Kelly has truly created a peaceful place to relax and you makes you feel like you belong. ⚓️

Brandon Holly T.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My Warriors place truly is an escape for veterans. It’s peaceful and truly a place that a veteran can let down their guard while there. Kelley and Mike are amazing people and what they are trying to do really is special.

Kristen K.6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am amazed at the growth and impact MWP has been able to make in such a short period of time! So many lives touched and so many more to come!

Sandra J. P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have found a new heroine and an indescribable facility. My Warrior's Place provides a multitude of free and vital services to military and first responders. Kelly Kowall started this project in memory of her son, Corey, who was killed in Afghanistan. I have watched MWP grow for the past 2 years and listened to stories told by those who have received help there. To my knowledge, MWP is the only facility that provides care of this kind for military and first responders. Kelly is my heroine!!

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Donor

Rating: 5

For the past 9 years my husband and I have conducted a Veteran's Day golf tournament at The Groves Golf & Country Club in Land O Lakes, Florida. This year we were looking for a new charity and were introduced to Kelly Kowall of My Warrior's Place (MWP) in Ruskin, Florida. Kelly gave us a tour of the facility she started in honor of her son, Corey, who was killed in Afghanistan. It is truly an amazing place, "founded in honor of all the brave men and women who wore a military uniform and died while serving...dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of our Veterans, Military Service Members, First Responders, and Blue, Silver & Gold Star Families....Giving the gift of hope and healing to those who give us the gift of freedom!" Our goal is to help Kelly install a chairlift for wheelchair bound heroes to access healing services. The property consists of some housing and amenities that include but are not limited to: canoes, kayaks, paddle boat, fishing equipment, fire pit, gas grills, bicycles, .... Kelly and her volunteers are truly dedicated to making our world a better place for many who need to be cared for and thanked for the sacrifices they have made and continue to make for our freedom. Thanks, Kelly!!

Dan N A.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband is medically retired law enforcement and I am active law enforcement. We stayed at MWP spring of 2019 and it was fantastic!!! Amenities and staff were very accommodating! Kelly was very nice and made herself available when needed! 100% will go back and enjoy the relaxing, peaceful, home away from home type get away!

Ed M.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Kind hearted, well mannered, well received, and loving organization. They received me and my family with open arms and provide excellent and exceptional service. Will return a 100 times.

Linda Lou Whitfield F.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

My group sends cards to MWP! Appreciation is expressed and we feel like we are part of the healing of these Warriors! The interaction on FB by the organization shows an interest in the participants as well as the public! It’s a privilege to be a “part” of it all!

Jay S.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’m a veteran. When I got out, I fell on serious hard times. I didn’t seek out help. And my warriors place found me through connections. They helped out in ways I can never repay. I’ll have their back until I die. Outstanding nonprofit. Outstanding leaders in their organization.

Donor

Rating: 5

Outstanding opportunity for what our military, veterans, their families, and Gold Star families need to gain perspective. Kelly strives to offer what our military (past, current, and future - and their families) need to carry on.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A haven for veterans and their families.
A beautiful , serene , waterfront retreat. Statistics show that veterans on the water decrease their anxiety, anger, improved mental illness , and ptsd.
Kelly, a gold star Mother, has provided this inexpensive retreat to our community. Worthy of a visit if you are in the area

Moe Andrews J.

Client Served

Rating: 5

They help veterans in their time of need and work with other local businesses to provide other services, as well.

Guy M.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Wow. What an incredible concept "My Warriors Place" is. From the moment I learned about this place, I have been enamored with it. You see, I lost my son, SPC. Zane McDonald, after he returned from a combat tour in Iraq. The loss of our son has radically changed our lives. We can relate to Kelly and what she has gone through. What Kelly has done to honor her son by helping military members, wounded warriors, veterans, blue star and gold star families, and first responders is inspiring. Kelly gave me a tour or My Warriors Place today. After she showed me around, we just sat for a bit and talked about our sons. I'm blown away by what Kelly and her network of volunteers and donors have been able to accomplish in the last seven years.

mag2school

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Fantastic organization and people. Kelly helping veterans and their families. Doing a great job!

Client Served

Rating: 5

The best place to relax and enjoy . This place changed our lives.

Molly Davis C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This place is amazing! They have so many different things you can do there and Kelly is amazing. There are places to stay, you can go kayaking, go out on the boat and fellowship with other veterans. They offer all kinds of activities please check this place out!

Steve J.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Love volunteering here, great resource for veterans like no other, peaceful surroundings and support for those who sacrificed the most!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My husband (Vietnam Nam era) & I were there for 3 months, December 28th 2018 until April 5th 2019. I have never been to such a quiet & serene place. The founder, Kelly, long time volunteers, Mike, Rose & Gina are amazing people, they all make you feel like family!! We loved it so much that we are returning this December for 3 months!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This place is amazing. So is the fishing! Love what they do for our vets

Client Served

Rating: 5

I attended a retreat with them! They r absolutely all abt veterans. U couldn't ask for a better organization. Thank u all for what u do.

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Kelly Kowall 09/18/2019

Thank you so much for taking your time to give us a review!

Anderson S.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

My family and I stayed here in July of 2019. We had a wonderful time and enjoyed our reservation very much.

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Kelly Kowall 09/18/2019

Thanks! Appreciate your review!

Sonya B.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The feeling of pure serenity when driving on to this property is amazing!! The work they do for Veterans is beyond words!

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Kelly Kowall 09/18/2019

I am glad you enjoyed it! Thank you for writing the review!

Wendy Hoffman A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

So happy a place like this exists for Veterans! Their mission is clear and they are truly helping our men and woman who have served our great nation

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Kelly Kowall 09/18/2019

Thank you Wendy. And thank you for the review!

Kasper S.

Donor

Rating: 5

I personal have never been to My Warriors place in Ruskin Florida yet! But through Returning The favor, I found my hearts place to donate monthly. I Believe in what the founder has made possible & truly LOVE her back story & how this all started. I'm not rich but wanted to find a small way to help, & my heart found my Warrior's Place. I hope to visit next time I'm in Florida. Wonderful people, a truly wonderful place for Gold Star family's to heal!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My Warrior's place is a step above. With open arms they are their for those who need a place to recharge, retreat and find themselves again. With out regard to them selves they give..and give...a d give. Truly heaven sent.

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Kelly Kowall 09/18/2019

Thanks William. And thank you so much for taking your time to give us a review!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband has been really stressed and having issues with anger, we came here and talked to Mike and Kara then went onpaddle boating and kayaking ride he said this is what he needed just to get away and to know people care.

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Kelly Kowall 09/18/2019

Glad we can be here to help. Thank you for the review!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband and I have been volunteering for about a year now. Everything that happens here is by donations and volunteers. There’s something about it that makes you feel about what your doing and I can’t explain but you feel the lost lives are touching you and saying thank you for not forgetting us. It’s really s amazing place that lets men and woman we did not forget about you. Also mAny places to stay at My Warriors Place with boating and fishing and councling when needed It’s a wonderful place where you can come and get used to civilian life again and leave better for it. If you haven’t been there please go and see it. It’s a wonderful place that does wonderful things for the people who sacrificed so much for us and our country.

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Kelly Kowall 09/18/2019

Lucy... so glad to have you volunteering. And thank you so much for taking your time to give us a review!

William N H.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have both a radio and TV show and they have appeared on both. Prior to their appearance, i did my due diligence to be sure they were as the said they were and honestly they are much more. The service they provide for veterans is beyond compare from both a compassion side and economic side. Every dollar given to them goes directly into the multiple programs they manage. Among the local veteran's community, they are held in very high regard. Most if not all of our veterans clubs and organizations support them to one extent of the other with money and volunteers. A dollar given to them is truly a support for a vet in need. see the TV show I did with them at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TN6xcdPqL_8&t=1378s

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My Warrior's Place is a great place to come and visit. You can fish off the docks, use the canoes and kayaks, or just simply relax and unwind. The cottages are gorgeous and fully furnished. The staff try to be helpful and friendly. I love this place.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My Warrior's Place gives you a sense of Peace when you drive through the entrance. I have seen veterans come out of their shells on a Retreat. One Vet came all the way from Georgia with her dog. Until the day she decided she was coming to Florida, she wouldn't go anywhere but knew she had to come for the Grief Program. I helped at the event but was not in the programs but the difference in this Lady was amazing. That's just one example. There are lots more.

Tyson S.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've never seen an organization as dedicated to their cause as My Warriors Place. Not a penny is wasted. Most support is volunteer. They work 24/7 to improve quality of the premises and programs and are always willing to lend a hand when needed to support military and first responders, whether active or retired. I can't say enough good things about them.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My family and I were homeless and this wonderful lady and her 2 lovely co workers came to the rescue when we had no luck in finding funding, also gave us a place to stay so we could bond as a whole family...ny warriors place is such a wonderful little get away for families ❤️