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.

UPDATE: Items Needed Immediately Due to COVID-19


Your support of the Solid Ground community is important as families experience reduced work hours and lay-offs since many are employed in the service industry and construction. This coupled with children not in school, makes for a stressful and uncertain situation. Below are requests for donations:

  • Non-perishable food
  • Personal care items:  toilet paper, diapers (sizes 3, 4, 5), wipes, soap, shampoo, conditioner, tampons, sanitary napkins
  • Household cleaning supplies
  • Plastic, paper or tote bags (new or lightly used)
  • Financial donations: write a check to Incarnation with “Solid Ground” in the memo and send to 4880 Hodgson Road, Shoreview, MN 55126, make an online donation through Incarnation’s site or donate directly to Solid Ground .

Drop off donations on Monday, Wednesday or Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at the Solid Ground Office door at 3521 Century Ave N, White Bear Lake, MN 55110. Knock on the door, drop off the items and a staff member will pick-up the donations. This is to ensure the least amount of contact for our donors, staff and participants. If you would like to donate items, but would like help transporting them to Solid Ground, contact Diane Betterley.

Service Opportunities

  • Drivers to Transport Food Shelf Items to Solid Ground Families: Volunteers are needed to transport food from a local White Bear Lake or Stillwater food shelf to Solid Ground in White Bear Lake. They are looking for a number of volunteers to share in this effort. If you are able to help as the need arises, email Dylan McDonough or call 651-773-8401. For the safety of all, the food shelves have a drive-up system where the volunteers can stay in their cars as the food is loaded. When delivering the food, volunteers are asked to contact the Solid Ground office main line at 651-846-9031 let a staff know they are delivering food for the family’s unit #. The food will be left outside of the building by the driver and collected by the staff.
  • Postcards/Thinking of You/Supportive Notes: Though Solid Ground cannot give out addresses and names of residents, notes of encouragement could be very meaningful. Address your greetings to the Solid Ground Office (3521 Century Ave N, White Bear Lake, MN 55110) for the staff to pass along to the families.

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.

Read this article about Solid Ground published by Press Publications.

Volunteer Opportunities

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 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 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

Check out the ongoing opportunities to volunteer at Solid Ground and see what might be a fit for you and your gifts. Learn more.

Donation Opportunities

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.

Furniture 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; March tour has been cancelled. 

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.