Solid Ground

Solid Ground offers transitional housing and self-sufficiency programs for low-income and families experiencing homelessness in suburban Ramsey and Washington Counties.

Check out this link to see current volunteer opportunities at Solid Ground: Volunteer Website 

Solid Ground Coat Drive, September 4 – October 9

We can help the families at Solid Ground stay warm this winter by donating new or gently-used coats, boots, hats, gloves, snow pants and scarves. Families will appreciate the warm gear as they walk in the cold weather to bus stops and children play in the snow. Solid Ground is currently providing housing and holistic support services for over 560 adults and children. Families are working hard to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty with the help of their advocates and the innovative programs Solid Ground offers. You can help families stay warm by dropping off winter wear donations of all sizes. A box will be available inside Incarnation from September 4 to October 9.

Monetary donations are especially helpful to purchase coats or boots when sizes are not available to meet the needs of families. Donations may be made online under the Solid Ground Coat Drive designation or by check to Incarnation with “Solid Ground Coat Drive” in the memo.

Volunteers will also be needed to work in a group setting at Incarnation to help sort and mark donations in September. Additional volunteer opportunities will be available October 10-12 to set up the Coat Shop at Solid Ground and assist families in the selection of winter wear. Times to be announced. If you can help with one or more of these opportunities please contact Claire Gilbert or Mary Hoyme to sign-up.

Bring It Home Dinner and Auction, October 7  

Tickets:  $125 

Solid Ground presents its premier fundraising event to celebrate families breaking the cycle of homelessness for the next generation. Join in for an evening of fun, fellowship, and philanthropy at the North Oaks Golf Club! 

Festivities include fun games, a delicious sit-down meal, an engaging program with personal testimonies, and robust silent and live auctions.

Register Now!  Indicate “Incarnation” when registering to be seated with others from the Incarnation community!


Service Opportunities

In Person Service Opportunities

Resume Support
This is an opportunity to work with Solid Ground residents who are searching for employment or hoping to increase their wages.  Volunteers are needed to help participants create or update their resumes.  Connections can be made with residents in-person or remotely via phone or email.  Contact Dylan McDonough for questions or if interested in serving. 

Mobile Food Shelf Market Volunteers
Solid Ground is seeking volunteers to support their mobile food shelf market. 1st  and 5th Wednesdays of the month from 11:30am-1:30pm, and the 3rd Wednesday each month from 2:00 – 4:00p.m. Roles include assistance unloading food, setting up the market, filling bags and/or assisting residents with transport of their food to their units. Contact Dylan McDonough for questions or if interested in serving. 

Drivers for Residents
Solid Ground is seeking volunteers who are willing and able to drive residents who have limited transportation options to/from various locations. This is a great way to be in relationship with residents while serving in truly helpful ways. Background checks and orientation will be provided by Solid Ground. Contact Dylan McDonough for questions or if interested in serving.

Community Meal Hosts
Community meals serve as a great opportunity for families at Solid Ground to make connections with each other, volunteers and staff, as well as help stretch their food budgets and give a break from cooking. Solid Ground is seeking groups of volunteers to prepare a meal at their own location, transport the food to East Metro Place in White Bear Lake and serve families who attend. Community meals are typically for up to 50 people and can be hosted on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. A great service opportunity for small groups, a work group, friends or a couple of families to do together.  Contact Dylan McDonough for more information and menu ideas.     
Youth are welcome to also be a part of in person service opportunities within these guidelines: youth ages 14 – 17  may volunteer without a parent present as long as they have a parent’s written consent. Volunteers ages 5 – 13 must volunteer alongside a parent.

At Home Service Opportunities

The following are ways to serve the community of Solid Ground from the comfort and safety of your home. To learn more, contact Diane Betterley.

  • Create birthday bags for children 17 and under. Bags include cake, frosting, plates, napkins, flatware, one decoration item and a small gift. Solid Ground asks birthday bags cost no more than $20. Bags are needed each January, April, July and October but can be made at anytime and given to Diane Betterley.
  • Create recipes utilizing common food shelf items and place them on recipe cards to share with Solid Ground residents.
  • Write welcome cards/notes to new families entering Solid Ground.

Typical Service Opportunities at Solid Ground

Solid Ground School Year Tutors

Though currently on hold due to the pandemic, Solid Ground typically 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 an additional 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.

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.

Home at Last In-Person Tours Have Resumed!

Home at Last tours are offered the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 5:30pm -6:30 pm. To reserve your spot, Visit the Solid Ground website for more information.

About Solid Ground and East Metro Place

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.

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