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. 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 10/5/20)

Sock and Underwear Drive: Solid Ground is hosting a drive for brand new, unused socks & underwear for the children in Solid Ground programs. Please consider collecting and donating unopened packs of boys’ and girls’ socks and underwear. The goal is collect one pack of socks and one pack of underwear for each child through October.

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 are: bakeware (cookie sheets, pans, casserole dishes), kitchen knives (sets of 3 are preferred), kitchenware (measuring sets, mixing bowls, can opener, colanders, cooking utensils), pot and pan sets, shower curtains, liners and rings.

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. If you’d like assistance bringing your donations to Solid Ground contact Mary Moen and Claire Gilbert.

Service Opportunities (updated 10/5/20)

Solid Ground is excited to gradually welcome back volunteers in direct work to help families emerge from homelessness. Solid Ground is currently seeking help for the following needs:

Volunteer Driver – Weekdays – flexible times

Transport essential household items from Solid Ground’s office in White Bear Lake to families at scattered sites in the Metro area. This is a contactless opportunity.

“Community” Meals – Every other Tuesday – 1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Provide supplemental meals from local restaurants to families at our White Bear Lake location. This is a limited-contact opportunity. Additional PPE can be provided if requested.

All volunteers must wear a facemask and undergo a brief COVID-19 screening before signing up to serve. If you have any questions or would like to serve, please email Dylan McDonough or call at 651-846-9024.

Winter Coat Drive and Fall Shower Updates

This year’s Solid Ground Coat Drive was a resounding success thanks to your generosity and the outpouring of support from our surrounding community!  The need for warm winter wear was greater than ever this year and the response from you and our community was BIGGER than ever!  Solid Ground had 73 families in need of winter wear (267 family members in all, 178 children and 89 adults). We received an abundance of new and nearly new winter items along with an astonishing $2950 in monetary donations so far.  Thanks to your contributions, every family member will receive the coats, boots, hat and mittens needed to keep them warm this winter. 

A special thank you to the Arden Hills/Shoreview Rotary Club for partnering with us to collect both winter wear items and monetary donations for the Coat Drive. Our gratitude also goes out to those who asked their neighbors to join in our efforts and to the many dedicated volunteers who gave their time and talents to help our neighbors stay warm this winter. Thank you for your overwhelming support, your prayers, passion and commitment to the mission of Solid Ground.  

Also, Solid Ground’s incoming families will receive many essential household items as they begin to settle into their new homes because of your generosity. Many families arrive at Solid Ground with few, if any, household items.  Everything from cookware and bakeware sets to storage containers, laundry baskets and pillows were donated in the Fall Shower. In addition to household items, $825 has been donated as of now to help provide for the most needed items when inventory is depleted. Thank you all, once again, for your amazing generosity. This year’s abundance of donations is especially appreciated given the increased number of families Solid Ground is working with to provide strong foundations and stability.

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.