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 8/31)

The last few months have been especially difficult for Solid Ground families. Many residents have lost their jobs as a result of the global pandemic or have had work hours reduced and cannot afford to meet their most basic needs. This year’s coat drive and fall shower are particularly beneficial to help our neighbors during these trying times. Items and monetary donations will be collected throughout August and September.

Winter Coat Drive

Thursdays, August 20, 27, September 3, 10 and Sunday, September 13 all from 9:00 a.m. to noon.

Please help the families at Solid Ground stay warm this winter. Donations of new or clean gently-used coats, boots, hats, gloves and scarves in all sizes are needed. Boots are especially in short supply. Items may be brought to Incarnation during the outside drive up/drop off collection days identified above. Monetary donations are especially helpful to purchase coats or boots when sizes are not available to meet the needs of families. Donations can be made online under the Solid Ground Coat Drive designation or by check to Incarnation with “Solid Ground Coat Drive” in the memo line.

Fall Shower

Thursdays, August 20, 27, September 3, 10 and Sunday, September 13 all from 9:00 a.m. to noon.

Many families arrive with few, if any, personal belongings. They are thrilled to be welcomed into their new home with essential kitchen items and linens. Purchase new items (only) from this list and drop them at Incarnation during the outside drive up/drop off collection days identified above. Monetary donations are also very much appreciated to purchase items most needed by families. Donations can be made online under the Solid Ground Fall Shower designation or by check to Incarnation with “Solid Ground Fall Shower” memo line. Note that the most needed Fall Shower 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.

Service Opportunities (updated 8/2/20)

Make Face Masks for Solid Ground Residents  All residents of Solid Ground are now required to wear masks when entering the Solid Ground office so many masks are needed. Just open the attached PDF provided by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), and follow the instructions on the second page. Don’t fancy yourself a sewer? No worries! Instructions for “no-sew” methods can be found on the third page. Drop off completed masks in a plastic bag at the Solid Ground Office during their shortened office hours (see below) or contact Diane Betterley to transport your completed masks to Solid Ground.

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 volunteer@solidgroundmn.org 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 volunteer@solidgroundmn.org 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, dianebetterley@gmail.com or 651-483-4916 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 tours@solidgroundmn.org 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.

 

 

 

 

 

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