About Solid Ground

Housing

Solid Ground offers transitional housing and self-sufficiency programs for homeless and low-income families in suburban Ramsey and Washington Counties. East Metro Place, located near Century College in White Bear Lake, provides a supportive learning and living environment for 34 families, including nearly 100 children from infants through young adults. Their family friendly housing facility has common areas used for support services, tutoring, childcare and gatherings; as well as an outdoor children’s playground. Solid Ground also provides rental assistance and support for additional families in off-site housing.

Support Services

The extensive support services for both parents and children have been the distinguishing factor in the success of their families.

Support for Parents Advocates work with Solid Ground’s families to help them meet their basic needs and achieve their long-term goals of economic stability and self-reliance. Adults participate in Employment and Education Services, and are expected to engage in a combination of work, education and volunteer service.

Residents attend skill-building workshops for tenant training, budgeting and effective parenting. Parents also participate in Dialectical Behavior Therapy to overcome trauma, improve relationships and advocate for what they want in an effective way.

More than two-thirds of residents at Solid Ground are children. Programs serving children and youth are critical to helping them overcome the negative effects of housing instability. Solid Ground train volunteers to provide after school tutoring and develop positive, caring relationships with their children. Summer camp, Boys and Girls Club, early learning and mentoring opportunities are also offered.

Solid Ground has received numerous awards and honors in recognition of excellence in leadership and innovation. Their families demonstrate significant accomplishments during their stay at Solid Ground.

92% percent of adults and children exiting from Solid Ground secure permanent housing

75% of adults enrolled in an education or job training program complete or actively make progress in that program

87% of adults achieve parenting goals

97% of school-age children have regular school attendance

99% of residents access resources or are involved in their community

Tour Solid Ground

The 2nd Tuesday of each month from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. at East Metro Place

Visit Solid Ground and learn more about how they are working to end homelessness at one of their monthly Home At Last tours.  Visit the Solid Ground website for more information.

To learn more about service or donation opportunities and how to become involved in this life-changing mission, contact Diane Betterley  by email or by calling 651.483.4916 or contact  the Volunteer Program Manager at Solid Ground by email or by calling 651.773.8401, ext. 116.