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

Welcome Baskets

January 9 – 30, 2022

Welcome Solid Ground families as they settle in their new homes by donating items for Welcome Baskets: laundry basket, mop, plunger, toilet brush, paper towels, toilet paper, dish scrubbing pads, pot holders, oven mitts, kitchen towels, twin/queen sheet sets, mattress protectors and pillows. New items only, pleaseDrop off donations at Incarnation in the bin marked “Solid Ground Welcome Baskets”. Make a financial donation for Welcome Basket items by writing a check to Incarnation with “Solid Ground Welcome Baskets” in the memo or by making an online donation, selecting “Solid Ground” from the dropdown options.

Other Ongoing Donation Needs

For a complete list of items Solid Ground is generally seeking as well as items they do not accept, check out this Basic Needs Wish ListIf you have gently used household items, contact Claire Gilbert to see if Solid Ground can use them. Bring any of these items to the Solid Ground office Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. For assistance bringing any donations to Solid Ground contact Claire Gilbert. 

Service Opportunities

In Person Service Opportunities

Solid Ground Mobile Food Shelf Market Volunteers 

Solid Ground is seeking volunteers to support their mobile food shelf market from 11:30 a.m. on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Wednesdays each month. Roles include assistance unloading food, setting up the market, filling bags and/or assisting residents with transport of their food to their units. Contact Dylan McDonough for questions or if interested in serving. 

Drivers for Solid Ground Residents 

Solid Ground is seeking volunteers who are willing and able to drive residents who have limited transportation options to/from various locations. This is a great way to be in relationship with residents while serving in truly helpful ways. Background checks and orientation will be provided by Solid Ground. Contact Dylan McDonough for questions or if interested in serving.

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

Solid Ground School Year Tutors

Though currently on hold due to the pandemic, Solid Ground typically 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 an additional 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.

Home at Last In-Person Tours Have Resumed!

Home at Last tours are offered the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 5:30pm -6:30 pm. 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 .