What’s Happening at Solid Ground

Hope for Geena

Geena and her two grandsons recently secured housing in Washington County through Solid Ground’s HomeAgain and Master Leasing Programs. “It is such a comfort to me to be in my own home,” Geena states. “It’s really important to a human being that you can come and go from your own place as you wish.”

Geena is a single parent of adult children and a 15-year-old son who struggles with ADHD and addiction. She moved to Minnesota along with her son and two grandchildren to live with her sister after their parents died. Unfortunately, due to her son’s struggles, the relationship with Geena’s sister soon soured, and they were forced to move out and into shelter.

While in shelter, Geena enrolled her son in Lakeside Academy‘s rehab and behavioral program. Staff at Lakeside connected Geena to St. Andrew’s Community Resource Center, where she was referred to HomeAgain through Washington County’s Coordinated Entry process.

Geena is employed as a home health care provider, a position she held the entire time they were living in shelter! “Taking care of people is my calling,” she claims. Geena’s hard work, courage, and perseverance played an essential role in finding her housing.  She is very grateful for the support provided by Solid Ground and says, “I am so overjoyed and happy that I can be with my grandsons. Without Solid Ground, my sacrifices would have been for nothing. Now I am in a concrete place and able to get back on my feet.”

About Solid Ground

Solid Ground is an award-winning Minnesota nonprofit whose proven, holistic approach helps families build the strong foundations they need to emerge from homelessness into a brighter future. Through safe, affordable housing and innovative supportive programming, Solid Ground helps families break the cycle of homelessness and poverty for the next generation.

At the heart of Solid Ground is the belief that housing stability is fundamental to the healthy development of children and to a family’s ability to be contributing members of the community. Solid Ground currently runs eight programs in the suburban Ramsey and Washington Counties housing nearly 570 women, men and children annually. Our mission is to prevent and end homelessness for families with children in the communities we serve through housing, resources, and opportunity.