Solid Ground

Our Mission

To prevent and end homelessness for families with children through housing, resources and opportunity.

Our Vision

Every family has a safe and affordable place to call home and parents and children are engaged in school, work and their community and are able to realize their goals and dreams.

Our Values

Dignity- We treat one another with respect and compassion. We value each other's wisdom and contributions and learn from each other's experiences.

Accountability- We believe our participants, staff and the community are accountable to one another. We serve with integrity and transparency and use our resources wisely to end homeless for as many families as possible.

Community- We believe that stable, affordable housing is the foundation of healthy, successful families and communities. Furthermore, our success as an organization is dependent upon building strong partnerships with the community, our supporters and our participants.

Our Story

East Metro Women's Council was founded in 1987 and incorporated as a private, nonprofit organization in 1989. A survey conducted by EMWC of low income female heads of households found that they most needed assistance with education/vocational training, affordable housing, childcare and transportation. EMWC built its mission and self-sufficiency program around these identified needs. We now operate four supportive housing programs in Ramsey and Washington Counties that house more than 300 homeless women, men and children each year.

Our programs use a holistic model that helps families and individuals achieve their goals in six key areas:
• Housing Stability
• Economic Stability
• Educational Advancement
• Strengthened Families
• Improved Health
• Community Connections

EMWC and our supporters have received many local and national awards for innovation and excellence in service. In June 2001, EMWC was honored by Oprah Winfrey, who awarded us a Live Your Best Life Award from her Angel Network. EMWC received this award for our work in helping women achieve their life’s full potential. Other honors awarded EMWC and our supporters include: the Award of Excellence for Innovation from the National Association of County Community Development; two (2) Vi Russell Awards for Excellence in Volunteer Leadership; and the WCCO Good Neighbor Award. EMWC has also been a nominee for several awards, including a Best Practices Award from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). East Metro Women’s Council was written into the Congressional Record for Excellence and Innovation in 1995.