Friends of Solid Ground

Dear Friends of Solid Ground,

Solid Ground’s Board of Directors is reaching out to our supporters and partners to let you know that after 26 years of leading this great organization, our Executive Director, Trisha Kauffman, has decided to retire. Trisha’s passionate efforts to prevent and end homelessness for families with children have reshaped lives and benefited our community.   Trisha has also built a base of key supporters like you, leaving a legacy of organizational and programmatic leadership and fiscal responsibility that positions Solid Ground for continued success.

“Working for Solid Ground has been such an important part of my life for the past 26 years,” says Trisha. “It’s given me the opportunity to pursue my passion for ensuring that children and families have a safe place to call home. I certainly never thought that I would be at Solid Ground for such a long time, but when you ‘re fortunate enough to “find your people,” you stay. But it’s time. We have an amazing staff and leadership team in place, and a dedicated Board of Directors who share our commitment to preventing and ending homelessness. The work will continue and grow. And I’ll be watching from afar, cheering them on.”

Trisha has grown Solid Ground from a small organization in White Bear Lake focused on helping mothers with children, into a thriving organization that last year served 195 families (661 individuals) throughout Ramsey and Washington County. Through her leadership, Solid Ground has helped thousands of families break the cycle of homelessness and poverty for the next generation.

“Through Trisha’s commitment, determination and relationship building she has been able to lead Solid Ground into the Award-Winning organization it is today while holding true to our mission,” says Lynnette, Becker, Chair of the Solid Ground Board of Directors. “Her work has such a positive impact on the community and will leave a lasting legacy supporting families through housing and supportive services.”

In partnership with WJ Flynn & Associates, Solid Ground’s Board of Directors has launched a search for their next Executive Director. Trisha will continue her role leading Solid Ground until her successor is named and remains committed to supporting our staff and families through this transition. We look forward to celebrating Trisha’s outstanding legacy next year. Solid Ground’s website will be updated in the coming weeks ( as we move through the process. Please direct any questions to Andrée Aronson, CFRE, Director of Advancement at (651) 846-9027.

The Solid Ground Board of Directors is beyond grateful for Trisha. We are grateful too for your generous support and long-term investment in our work. Together we will continue to provide the housing, services and support to provide the “solid ground” necessary to end homelessness. Thank you.


Lynnette Becker, Chair of the Board
Director of Finance, Andersen Corporation

CC: Sarah Meek, Past Board Chair, Search Committee Chair, Marketing Executive, Ret.
Andrée Aronson, CFRE, Solid Ground Director of Advancement