Solid Ground

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. 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.

Donation Opportunities (updated 1/4/21)

Household Items

For a complete list of addition items Solid Ground is generally seeking as well as items they do not accept, check out this Basic Needs Wish List.  Most needed items currently are: Microwaves | Coffee Pots | Pot & Pan Sets | Toasters | Cookie Sheets | 9×13 Baking Pans | 8×8 Baking Pans | Can Openers | Drinking Glasses | Dish Sets | Potholders/Oven Mitts | Queen/Twin-Size Sheets | Bath Towels.

If you have gently used household items, contact Mary Moen or Claire Gilbert to see if Solid Ground can use them. Bring any of these items to the Solid Ground office Mondays, Wednesdays or Fridays from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:30 – 4:30 p.m. For assistance bringing any donations to Solid Ground contact Mary Moen and Claire Gilbert.

Service Opportunities (updated 1/4/21)

Solid Ground is excited to gradually welcome back volunteers in direct and distance work, to help families emerge from homelessness.

Substitute Driver – Food Shelf

Pick up food shelf items at the White Bear Area Lake Food Shelf and deliver to Solid Ground as needed. This is a contactless opportunity and volunteers must wear a facemask. If you have any questions or would like to serve, please email Dylan McDonough or call at 651-846-9024.


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.

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.

Solid Ground Mentoring Program

Solid Ground’s Mentoring 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

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.

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