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Solid Ground

Helping families build strong foundations

White Bear Lake, MN   |  www.solidgroundmn.org

Mission

The mission of Solid Ground is to prevent and end homelessness for families with children in the communities we serve through housing, resources and opportunity.

Ruling year info

1988

Executive Director

Trisha Kauffman

Main address

3521 Century Ave N

White Bear Lake, MN 55110 USA

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Formerly known as

East Metro Women's Council

EIN

36-3578158

NTEE code info

Family Services (P40)

Other Housing Support Services (L80)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

At Solid Ground, we help homeless families and children to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty. We provide housing and supportive services to 350 women, men and children each year in our five supportive housing programs, helping homeless families build the strong foundations they need for a brighter future.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

East Metro Place

East Metro Place provides 20 units of transitional housing, located near Century College in White Bear Lake. All units receive project-based Section 8 rental assistance to make the housing affordable to very low income families. A wide array of supportive services are available to adults and children, including assessment, goal planning, advocacy, basic needs assistance, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, employment services, living skills training (parenting, budgeting, etc.) and educational support. East Metro Place typically houses about 120 adults and children each year.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people
Families

East Metro Place II provides 14 units of permanent supportive housing, added in late 2005 to the White Bear Lake campus. Seven units are designated for homeless families with disabilities (typically mental illness and/or chemical dependency), and seven units serve families with histories of long term homelessness. As with the transitional housing program at East Metro Place, all 14 families in permanent housing receive Section 8 rental assistance and supportive services. East Metro Place II houses about 80 adults and children annually.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people
Families

HomeAgain provides scattered-site transitional housing in Washington County. Families receive in-home services and a rental subsidy of $400 monthly. Families receive six to twelve months of rental assistance and support services. The program serves about 60 adults and children annually.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people
Families

HomeSafe provides scattered-site housing in Washington and suburban Ramsey Counties in partnership with Tubman and St. Andrew's Community Resource Center. Families receive monthly rental assistance, based on unit size, as well as supportive services for between nine and eighteen months.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people
Families

HomeFront serves long-term homeless veterans and their families. This permanent supportive housing program, in partnership in Sherman Associates, serves 10 households at a mixed-income development in Maplewood, MN.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Homeless people

Launched in November 2018, Homework Starts with Homework works to prevent and end homelessness for children and their families so that preK-12 grade students can achieve housing and school stability. This program is delivered in partnership with Lutheran Social Service, Ramsey County, Suburban Ramsey Family Collaborative, St. Andrew’s Community Resource Center, and the four suburban Ramsey school districts and their Community Social Workers.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people
Families

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Solid Ground has three enduring, organizational goals:
1. To provide a supportive learning and living environment in which families with children can thrive.
2. To provide services which support families’ long term goals of economic stability and self-reliance.
3. To advocate for affordable housing, living wage employment and community services that support all families.

Upon entering Solid Ground programming, each family is partnered with an Advocate. The Advocate conducts an in-depth Family Assessment and then works with the parent(s) to develop an individualized goal plan. The plan involves two key goal areas: housing stability and economic stability. Plans may also include goals that address education/job training; independent living skills (parenting, budgeting, etc.); improved health; and community connections.

Advocates aid participants in accessing the appropriate community resources to assist them in attaining both employment/economic goals and housing stability. Participants meet regularly with their Advocate to monitor progress, address barriers that arise and make necessary adjustments to the goal plan to ensure the participant’s success.

Fifteen individuals serve on the Board of Directors of Solid Ground. Because we strongly believe in having program participants actively involved in decision making for the organization, the bylaws call for at least one board member to be a current or former Solid Ground program participant. The agency currently employs sixteen full-time staff and four part-time staff. Solid Ground makes extensive use of volunteers in the community and has a volunteer corps of 500+ individuals who serve as tutors, mentors, and childcare helpers; assist with short-term projects like our back-to-school supply drive; help out in the office; etc.

In 2017, the following were our program outcomes:

Housing Stability:
98% of 88 families in Solid Ground housing achieved housing stability.
67% of 36 families exiting from Solid Ground housing secured permanent housing upon exit.

Improved Economic Stability:
49% of 88 households were employed at year-end or exit
44% of 36 families increased their income at exit.

Educational Advancement:
98% of 102 school-age children regularly attended school.
88% of 16 adults who were enrolled in an education or job training program completed or actively made progress in that program.

Improved Health:
84% of 31 adults who abuse substances worked toward sobriety.
88% of 55 adults with a diagnosed mental illness received treatment.

Community Connections:
75% of 342 participants accessed resources or were involved in their community.

Families Are Strengthened:
96% of 50 families achieved at least one parenting goal.
98% of 50 families achieved a budgeting goal.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Solid Ground

Board of directors
as of 04/15/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Sarah Meek

Alice Roberts-Davis

State of Minnesota

Lynette Becker

TE Connectivity

Amy Brenengen

Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis

Tom Brown

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Michael Byrd

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Carrie Cunnington

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Patty Curtice

Amazon

Mark Houge

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Sarah Meek

Retired

Renae Oswald-Anderson

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Daniel Parrillo

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MIthra Irani Ramaley

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Shannon Swanson-Arend

APi Group, Inc.

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 4/15/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data