Help 278 homeless workers start back to work with Small Sums!

Small Sums helps homeless workers with what THEY NEED to take a job, get back to work, and back to a more stable life.
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Terre Thomas
Community
Twin Cities, Minnesota
United States
8 Team Members

Holy Cow, it's just like public radio!  A private family foundation, Shay Berkowitz and Phyllis Wiener's Still Ain't Satisfied Foundation, sent us an email saying that they will match every contribution that's made to this project (til we hit $7510).  Woo hoo! So please share this campaign, and give (or give again) so we really won't have to turn down a single person this year!


Who We Are & What We Do

Small Sums' is a non-profit organization whose sole purpose is to help homeless individuals, who have found jobs, with the specific things that they need to get back to work. This is one of the most important steps to getting people out of their homeless situation and back to a more stable life.

What We Need 

This year, 2014, we will almost double the number of requests for assistance from homeless workers who have found jobs but don't have the money for things required for the job.  

In 2013, we helped 322 people, and we will have close to 600 eligible applicants in 2014. That's 278 more than last year! 

We've launched this campaign because we don't want to turn a single eligible person away.

By raising this $29,190, we will be able to provide 278 sets of the three most common things our clients need: a set of work clothes, required work shoes, and a bus pass (needed 'til they get their first paycheck). 

   

In 2013, Our Average Cost Per Client Was $166.

 Here are some common costs for some of the things we provide:

  • $25 Construction tool-belt
  • $42.50 One-month rush hour bus pass
  • $105 Set of work clothes, shoes, and bus pass
  • $139 Certified Nursing Assistant Test and License fee
  • $325 Basic construction tools set

*Many provided items are purchased at discounted or wholesale prices thanks to generous and kind merchants.

Who We Help

Small Sums serves adults (and indirectly their families) who are experiencing homelessness.  They live in shelters, on the streets, in cars, or temporarily with friends, family, or in other housing that is unstable. Often, they bounce from place to place while trying to find a way to get into a place of their own. 

  • 86% of Small Sums clients have verified jobs they have been offered or have recently started. 
  • The remaining 14% need professional testing or license renewals required to get jobs in their field.

Some more facts about our clients:

  • 47% of our clients are 30-50 years old.
  • 62% have dependent children. 
  • 45% are men and  55% are women. 
  • 52% need a combination of work clothes, work shoes, and bus passes.
  • 14% require assistance with fees for professional testing or licenses.
  • 11% need trade tools.

Our clients want to work. We're committed to supporting them!

Terre Thomas with work pants and work shirts By partnering with referring organizations that serve the poor and homeless, we are able to provide these simple things, often within 24-72 hours from their application.  Once their employment is verified, we move quickly to get them the things they need, so they are able to accept the job and start working within days of the job offer. It’s a surprisingly simple solution that’s practical and economical.

 

Photo: Executive Director Terre Thomas with a shipment of deeply-discounted work shirts and work pants!


Other Ways You Can Help

Of course, there are other ways you can help us get the word out about our work and make some noise about this campaign.

  • Share, share, share on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
  • Give us a mention in your blog or e-newsletter.
  • Challenge five friends to match your donation!
  • And ask them to "share" too!
  • Connect us with your organizations, businesses, employer or congregation who would like what we do and might support Small Sums too.
  • Something else to help that pops to mind?  Get in touch with Small Sums Executive Director, Terre Thomas at 651-242-9441 or ContactUs@SmallSums.org.

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$7,760USD
raised by 78 people in 1 month
27% funded
No time left
Verified Nonprofit
$29,190 USD goal
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This campaign ended on June 15, 2014
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  • $12USD
    GOOD KARMA

    This will cover the discounted cost of one pair of black Dickies work pants for a homeless client. For your "I want to show my support" donation, you'll get a shot of good karma for making a difference in someone's life. We'll also thank you with a very grateful shout out to you on our Facebook page.

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  • $25USD
    Double dose of GOOD KARMA

    This will cover the discounted cost of a pretty decent tool belt for a homeless individual with a new construction job. For your generous donation, you'll also have the feel-good "good karma" for making a difference in someone's life. We'll also thank you with a very grateful shout out to you on our Facebook page.

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  • $42USD
    INSPIRATIONAL MINI-POSTER

    This amount will cover the cost of a one-month's bus pass for a homeless individual getting back to work. For your wonderful donation, you'll receive a lovely, frameable mini-poster with this inspiration: "Believe in yourself and all that you are, know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle." We'll also thank you with a very grateful shout out to you on our Facebook page.

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  • $105USD
    TICKETS TO ANNUAL CELEBRATION

    This will cover the average cost of the three most common things we provide to homeless individuals getting back to work. For your super-cool donation, you'll receive two tickets ($200 value) to the Small Sums' Restoring Hope Celebration on October 18, 2014 in Minneapolis. Grab a date; it's lots of fun! OR you may choose any of the other perks listed above. We'll also thank you with a very grateful shout out to you on our Facebook page.

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  • $166USD
    MINI-TOOLS FOR YOU TOO!

    This will cover our average cost/person for the homeless clients we help, including tools. For your fabulous donation, you'll receive a cool 7-in-1 multi-tool stainless steel keychain. This handy little guy has a wire cutter, screwdriver, bottle opener and more. (Or you may choose any of the other perks listed above.) We'll also thank you with a very grateful shout out to you on Facebook.

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  • $500USD
    TABLE AT ANNUAL CELEBRATION

    This will pay for a dozen monthly bus passes for homeless individuals getting back to work. Imagine 12 happy and relieved folks stepping onto the bus each morning -- a reliable way to get to their new jobs! For this amazing donation, you'll have your own table for ten at the Small Sums Restoring Hope Celebration on October 18, 2014 in Minneapolis. (Or you may choose any of the other perks listed above.) We'll also thank you with a very grateful shout out to you on Facebook.

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  • $1,000USD
    FOOD TRUCK DINNER PARTY

    For this awesome donation, you can have your own Food Truck dinner party* for up to 50 guests, compliments of Minneapolis-based food truck, Dandelion Kitchen. (Or you may choose any of the other perks listed above.) *Based upon seasonal availability and within food truck travel range.

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    $1,000USD
    LAKE HOME 3-DAY WEEKEND

    For this oh so generous donation, you can host a three-day weekend at beautiful lake home is in Alexandria, MN, on Lake Ida. This home is fully furnished with three bedrooms, two baths, and a loft suite. Sleeps 8 (but no pets please). With sunroom and family room adding to the large living room, lots of room for everyone to enjoy! Available weekends.. (excluding July 4th weekend) (Or you may choose any of the other perks listed above.)

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  • $1,000USD
    LAKE HOME WINTER WEEK

    For this oh so generous donation, you can host a winter wonderland week long (or weekend) stay at beautiful lake home is in Alexandria, MN, on Lake Ida. This home is fully furnished with three bedrooms, two baths, and a loft suite. Sleeps 8 (but no pets please). With sunroom and family room adding to the large living room, lots of room for everyone to enjoy! Available November 2014-March 2015. (Or you may choose any of the other perks listed above.)

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