What’s Happening at Solid Ground

Maria’s Story

“I’m not sure how I’m doing it without Solid Ground, but I am! I’m doing great!” – Maria, a single mother of two, successfully transitioned out of the HomeAgain program earlier this year.

Recently divorced, Maria struggled to find housing that she could afford in Washington County. Her lack of credit created an unexpected barrier and she moved with her two teenagers into St. Andrew’s Family Shelter. While at St. Andrews, Maria was connected to Solid Ground. “When you’re in shelter,” she recalls, “you can’t think straight. You’re in a survival mode and your reality works differently. The ladies at Solid Ground were excellent brainstormers. It was nice having people to help me focus.”

With the help of a Housing Navigator, Maria found the perfect apartment for her family. Solid Ground’s Education and Employment Coordinator worked closely with Maria to find a job that allowed her to be home with her son who struggles with a severe medical condition. The Children’s Services Specialist provided Maria with community resource and moral support; “She was my number one cheerleader,” Maria recalls.

Maria successfully transitioned out of the HomeAgain program earlier this year. She remains in her home and is now able to cover the rent on her own. In addition to providing economic and housing stability for her children, Maria just celebrated three years of sobriety. “I’m doing it!” Maria proudly exclaims. “I’m really doing it!”

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.