Solid Ground

Solid Ground’s vision is for every family to have a safe and affordable place to call home, where parents and children are engaged in school, work and their community and are able to realize their goals and dreams.

Solid Ground’s Statement on the Murder of George Floyd and Community Conflict

Read Solid Ground’s Statement on the Murder of George Floyd and Community Conflict here.

UPDATE: Immediate Service Opportunities and Donation Needs Due to COVID-19

Service Opportunities (updated 6/11/20)

  • Summer Camp Tutors – The tutoring program at Solid Ground has always been an important part of the academic enrichment offered to students, but also positive relationships created between children and their tutors. The Summer Camp is scheduled for Mondays – Thursdays, June 15 – August 6. Changes to the program in light of the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure safety of children, staff and volunteers include:

– Checking temperatures of all students, volunteers and staff daily

– Requiring that a face mask be worn by everyone at all times

– Enrolling less students and spacing their assigned seats at least 6 feet apart

– Placing an emphasis on academic tutoring and limiting offsite trips

For a complete list of the precautions that will be taken, for additional questions or to indicate interest, contact Dylan McDonough.

  • Make Face Masks for Solid Ground Residents  All residents of Solid Ground are now required to wear masks when entering the Solid Ground office so many masks are needed. Just open the attached PDF provided by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), and follow the instructions on the second page. Don’t fancy yourself a sewer? No worries! Instructions for “no-sew” methods can be found on the third page. Drop off completed masks in a plastic bag at the Solid Ground Office during their shortened office hours (see below) or contact Diane Betterley to transport your completed masks to Solid Ground. 

Most Needed Donations (updated 7/8/20)

When a family joins Solid Ground, they are often coming from difficult situations that force them to leave behind many of their personal belongings. To help new Solid Ground families get a fresh start and settle into their new homes, new or gently used donations from the community are particularly important. If you are interested and have the ability to donate, please consider donating these items. Also, within this attachment are new donation guidelines which Solid Ground, identifying which items which must be brand new and which items may be gently used.

Drop your donations off during current Solid Ground office hours Monday, Wednesday or Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., or Tuesday or Thursday from 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. at 3521 Century Ave N, White Bear Lake, MN 55110. Upon arriving at the Solid Ground main office door, ring the buzzer and someone will be right with you. If you would like a receipt for your donation, please leave a message at 651-846-9031 or with the details (contact info, items donated, etc.) and Solid Ground will send a receipt to you. If you would like to donate items, but would like help transporting them to Solid Ground, contact Diane Betterley. Not sure if your item can be donated? Email Solid Ground Volunteer Program Manager, Dylan McDonough or call 651-846-9024.

About Solid Ground

solid ground logoSolid Ground offers transitional housing and self-sufficiency programs for low-income and families experiencing homelessness 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.

Read this article about Solid Ground published by Press Publications.

Typical Volunteer Opportunities (when COVID-19 is not a concern)

Solid Ground School Year Tutors

Solid Ground invites volunteers to serve as academic tutors during the school year once per week, Mondays-Thursdays, from 3:15-4:15 pm for middle school students or 4:15-5:15 pm., for elementary students.

Tutors work with students 1:1 on Reading, Writing, and Math activities and then a 15 minute free time at the end of every session. All materials are provided by Solid Ground. It’s a wonderful opportunity for the kids to get one-to-one time with a supportive, positive adult role model each week. This is a great opportunity for older high school students, college students, or the young at heart!

Tutor training and orientation is mandatory. Contact Solid Ground’s Volunteer Manager at or 651-846-9024 if interested in serving.

Solid Ground Mentoring Program

Solid Ground is excited to to announce a new Mentoring Program. The program is designed to focus on building one-on-one, positive relationships between adult mentors and students in middle school and high school. Mentors will spend time weekly with a student for 10 months or longer, planning outings based around the young person’s strengths and interests.

If interested, attend a mandatory introductory session. Training is mandatory. Contact Solid Ground’s Volunteer Manager at or 651-846-9024 if interested in serving.

Additional Volunteer Opportunities

Check out the ongoing opportunities to volunteer at Solid Ground and see what might be a fit for you and your gifts. Learn more.

Donation Opportunities

Household Items for Solid Ground

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Solid Ground accepts a variety of new household goods in order to help families establish their households. Each year several special drives are held for school supplies, coats and gift cards to help Solid Ground families meet their basic needs throughout the year. For a list of the items that Solid Ground is generally looking for and those items they do not accept, refer to Solid Ground’s basic needs wish list.

Furniture is not accepted directly by Solid Ground. If  you have furniture to donate, consider Bridging as an option.

You may email or call (651-238-3236) Mary Moen from Incarnation who works with Solid Ground, to determine whether smaller household items are currently needed by Solid Ground. If your donation can be used, mark your donation with “Solid Ground” and bring it to the Incarnation Office.  Mary Moen will pick up the donated items from the Incarnation Office and deliver them to Solid Ground.  Mary can answer questions about acceptable items.

Solid Ground Updates

Would you like to keep up-to-date on all the great things happening at Solid Ground? Contact Diane Betterley, or 651-483-4916 to be included in the email updates.

Tour Solid Ground

Typically the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. at East Metro Place; all tours are currently on hold due to COVID-19 health concerns.

Visit Solid Ground and learn more about how they are working to end homelessness at one of their monthly Home At Last tours.  RSVP to to reserve your spot. 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.