Solid Ground

Mission Statement

To prevent and end homelessness for families with children through housing, resources and opportunity.

Contact Information

3521 Century Avenue N
White Bear Lake, Minnesota 55110

General Information

Alternative Name
Formerly East Metro Women's Council - changed name to Solid Ground in March 2013
Principal Staff
Trisha Cummins Kauffman
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Board Chair
Molly Jungbauer
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Impact and Programs

100% of 94 families achieved housing stability in Solid Ground housing. 80% of 41 families exiting Solid Ground secured permanent housing upon exit. 60% of 107 adults were employed at year-end or exit. 61% of families increased household income at exit. 70% of adults who are enrolled in an education or job training program completed or actively made progress in that program. 98% of 151 school-age children regularly attended school. 100% of 334 participants access resources or were involved in their community.
Current Goals
We are focused on the four strategic goal areas outlined in our 2015-2020 Strategic Plan. One of the most prominent goals in 2016 is to successfully launch a new housing project for homeless veterans (falls under strategic goal area #4: Expand organizational growth and impact). This project is a partnership between Solid Ground, Sherman Associates and Metro HRA to house 10 long term homeless veterans and their families at Frost-English Village, a new 50-unit development in Maplewood, MN. Solid Ground is responsible for providing supportive services to the veterans and their families, including case management, benefits advocacy, physical/mental/chemical health supports, employment assistance, school support, and other services that lead to housing and economic stability.
Community or Constituency Served
Adults and children who have experienced homelessness, mental illness, chemical dependency, domestic violence and other trauma.
Geographic Area Served
Suburban Ramsey and Washington Counties in MN.


3 Year Average Expenses
Program Services $1,016,833 90%
Management $34,636 3.1%
Fundraising $78,830 7%
Unrestricted Net Assets
2015 2014 2013
End of Year: $1,430,451 $885,153 $771,344
Beginning of Year: $885,153 $771,344 $730,882
Difference: $545,298 $113,809 $40,462

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