Solid Ground Families

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At Solid Ground, we serve families emerging from homelessness.  Eighty-five percent of the families we serve come from Ramsey and Washington Counties.  While the majority of our families consist of single mothers with young children, we serve all family structures, including single fathers and two parent families.  The families that we serve are often working to overcome significant challenges and move forward towards a brighter future for their family.  We invite you to meet some of our families.

Jessica’s Story

Jessica is a mother of 4 children who range in age from 1 to 18.  She started doing drugs at age 30 and in her 5 years as an addict, “I lost everything, inside and out, material and emotional.”  She even lost her children and became homeless.  When she found out that she was pregnant with her now one-year-old son, she sobered up and took her first steps towards stability.

Now, Jessica is working hard to build a new life.  She and her son are living in Solid Ground’s supportive housing.  In addition to managing her mental and chemical health, Jessica has completed all of the programming offered by Solid Ground.  She even continued with extra Dialectical Behavior Therapy sessions after she completed the 6 months because of how much she was getting out of it.  Jessica is volunteering and looking for work, and is working hard at being the best parent that she can be.  Jessica’s goal for her children is for them to follow their dreams and to stay true to themselves.  She adds, “As I teach my children to be confident, I am praising myself as well.  We are learning together.”

Monique’s Story

Monique had her first baby when she was 15 years old.  She dropped out of school when she had the baby, and a few months later was placed into foster care because of the unhealthy living situation at her parents house.  Once she turned 18, she was basically on her own.  Over the next several years, she had three more kids but never a stable place to live.  Monique and her children were homeless.

Monique found out about Solid Ground while living in shelter.  She was on the waiting list for 4 months before an apartment became available at East Metro Place II permanent supportive housing.  She moved in on her birthday.

Monique and her advocate started meeting weekly. Her kids are receiving needed academic support through Solid Ground’s Learning & Enrichment Program.  Monique has completed the Dialectical Skills Therapy program as well as tenant training and budgeting.  Through Solid Ground’s Employment & Education Program, Monique started a volunteer placement.  This experience helped her to find paid employment and within a few months Monique started working as teacher’s aide in a local preschool.  After completing the remedial coursework necessary to move forward with her education, Monique is currently enrolled in a Childcare Development Associate program to further her skills and career in working with children.