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.

Donation Opportunities

Solid Ground Spring Shower

Now – June 20

Solid Ground residents are thrilled to receive new items when they move into Solid Ground — things which are commonplace to most of us. Simply purchase items from the list below, and place them at the base of the large cross outside the Sanctuary so we can all see the growing mound of generosity and celebrate this important ministry partnership!

Also, consider writing a note of welcome to the future recipient of your donation, affixing your note to your donated item.

New Items Only:

  • lamps (sturdy floor, table and desk)
  • small end tables
  • night lights for children and bathroom
  • extension cords
  • vaccuum cleaners, brooms
  • sponge mops
  • fip lid garbage cans
  • mixing bowls
  • silverware sets
  • baby/toddler plastic ware set (bowls, glasses, plates, utensils)
  • crib sheets

If you’d prefer to make a financial contribution to support the Spring Shower, write a check to Incarnation with “Solid Ground” in the memo or make an online donation through Incarnation’s secured online giving site, selecting “Solid Ground” from the pull down menu. Thank you in advance for your generosity.

Service Opportunities

Onsite Service Opportunities 

Launched in 2018, Summer Camp at Solid Ground provides weekly tutoring, enrichment activities and offsite outings to children grades K-6 living at East Metro Place. If you are interested in helping with Solid Ground’s 2020 Summer Camp, your support would be greatly appreciated!

Volunteers are being sought in the following ares:

  • Academic Tutoring (indoors) – Mondays & Tuesdays from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and Wednesdays & Thursdays from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
  • Enrichment Activities (outdoors) – Mondays & Tuesday’s from 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
  • Field Trip Chaperon (outdoors) – Thursdays, 12:30 – 3:00 p.m.

To learn more about Summer Camp service opportunities or for questions, email Dylan McDonough or call 651-846-9042.

At Home Service Opportunities

The following are ways to serve the community of Solid Ground from the comfort and safety of your home. To learn more, contact Diane Betterley.

  • Create birthday bags for children containing cake mix, frosting, candles, paper plates/napkins/cups, decorations and a small toy or treat, all placed within a small gift bag.
  • Create recipes utilizing common food shelf items and place them on recipe cards to share with Solid Ground residents.
  • Write welcome cards/notes to new families entering Solid Ground.

Typical Service Opportunities at Solid Ground (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.

Additional Volunteer Opportunities

There are typically many ways to serve at Solid Ground. See what might be a fit for you and your gifts. Learn more.

Solid Ground Updates

Would you like to keep up-to-date on all the great things happening at Solid Ground? Contact Diane Betterley 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.

About Solid Ground and East Metro Place

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. In all, Solid Ground provides housing for over 500 women, men and children annually. 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.

To learn more about service or donation opportunities and how to become involved in this life-changing mission, contact Diane Betterley .