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.

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.

Upcoming Opportunities

Solid Ground Spring Shower

Sunday, May 20 – Sunday, June 10.

You are invited to participate in a Spring Shower for residents of Solid Ground! Most of the residents have never had a home and are thrilled to receive their first set of baking pans or comforters and sheets – things which are commonplace to most of us. To participate, simply purchase new items from the list below, and drop off these items in the bin labeled “Solid Ground Spring Shower,” (near the nursery).  Thank you in advance for your generosity.

Spring Shower Desired Items:

Lamps: floor, table, desk
Night lights for children and bathroom
Extension cords
Organizing items: storage bins, cubbies, etc.
Cookware sets
Drinking glasses – juice size and larger
Covered casserole dishes
9×13 baking pans
Bathroom Rugs
Shower caddies
Crib Sheets
Queen and Twin sheet sets and comforters (plain sheets are preferred to match to quilts. Need boy twin items)
Alarm clocks
Bean bag chairs

Solid Ground Summer Tutors and Camp Chaperones

Solid Ground is excited to offer their own on-site summer camp this year. Camp will include morning tutoring sessions and a variety of fun afternoon activities. This is a wonderful opportunity to connect with kids this summer!

June 11 – August 9 (No tutoring or camp the week of July 4)
Tutoring Sessions: Monday through Thursday, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
Afternoon Camp Activities: Monday through Thursday, 12 – 3:00 p.m.

For more information, contact Solid Ground’s Volunteer Program Manager, Hannah Parish, at or 651-846-9024.

Ongoing 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.

Current 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.

Currently, these are the greatest needs: pot & pan sets, cutting boards, 8″ x 8″ baking pans, pizza cutters, soup ladels, shower rings. Please no winter wear.

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

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.