What’s Happening at Solid Ground

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.”

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.