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.

Christmas Trees for Solid Ground Families

Now – December 14
Many families at Solid Ground would like a Christmas tree this year but do not have resources to purchase one. If you have a gently used or new artificial tree to donate, bring it to the Incarnation Office between now and December 14. Trees can be up to 7 feet tall.

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.

Volunteer Opportunities

Solid Ground Tutors

Solid Ground is seeking volunteers to serve as academic tutors 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 Hannah Parish 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 one of the mandatory introductory sessions at Solid Ground in the Community Room, to learn more about mentoring and the application process. Introductory sessions will be held Thursday, November 1 at 6:00 p.m. Mandatory training will be held Saturday, November 3 from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

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.

Current Donation Opportunities

Gently Used or New Christmas Trees

Now through December 14

Many families at Solid Ground would like a Christmas tree but do not have resources to purchase one.  If you have a gently used or new artificial tree to donate, bring it to the Incarnation Office. Trees can be up to 7 feet tall.

Household Items for Solid Ground

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Solid Ground accepts a variety of new and gently used 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.

Currently, the greatest household needs are: pillows, pot/pan sets, baking sheets, mixing bowls, casserole dishes, silverware sets, dish sets, glasses, knives/cutlery, twin and queen sheet sets, vacuums. 

Furniture other than what’s mentioned above, is not accepted 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

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.  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 or email Hannah Parish or call 651-846-9024.