Human Services

At Home Group Inc.

  • Minneapolis, MN
  • www.smallsums.org

Mission Statement

Small Sums believes gainful employment is a key factor in helping homeless individuals get out of their homeless situation. For many homeless individuals, who have found jobs, there can be obstacles – lack of required work clothes,
trade tools, reliable transportation - that stop them from taking the positions.

Small Sums' sole purpose is to help them with the specific things that they need to start back to work. Our practical and timely assistance provides them with required work clothes and shoes, trade tools, professional licenses or union dues, and bus passes so they have a reliable way to get to work every day during their first months of employment. 

With Small Sums providing these simple things (the majority at a cost of less than $150/worker), clients can have a successful start to that new job, allowing them to become more self-sufficient community members again.

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Service Areas

Self-reported

Minnesota

Small Sums primarily assists individuals in the St. Paul/Minneapolis metro area, however, clients in other states have also received assistance.

ruling year

2006

Executive Director

Self-reported

Terre J Thomas

Keywords

Self-reported

Homeless, employment, jobs, self-sufficiency

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Also Known As

Small Sums

EIN

20-3431326

 Number

5989360333

Physical Address

1222 University Ave W

St. Paul, 55104

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Personal Social Services (P50)

Employment Procurement Assistance and Job Training (J20)

Other Housing Support Services (L80)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Annually Small Sums assists 400 to 500 homeless workers in getting back to work - often with 24 hours. Estimating that each employee impacts the lives of up to 3 other family members, we change lives for 1600 to 2000 individuals each year.

Service Areas

Self-reported

Minnesota

Small Sums primarily assists individuals in the St. Paul/Minneapolis metro area, however, clients in other states have also received assistance.

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Funding Needs

The Board of Small Sums and its affiliates use their own money to cover overhead costs. This way, donations can go directly to client assistance for: Tools for the Job, Education, On the Bus, and Your Own Business.

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Operations

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At Home Group Inc.

Leadership

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Executive Director

Terre J Thomas

BIO

Terre Thomas has worked at Small Sums since July 2012. She has served as the executive director since 2013 and prior to that, she worked daily with Small Sums clients as the Small Sums Client Services Coordinator.

Terre has had quite a varied professional background which includes writing for many mediums, marketing consulting, and retail. Most famously she is also known as the Fairy Godmother, as owner of two inspirational gift shops in the Twin Cities for seven years.

Terre considers her work at Small Sums a version of her “fairy godmother work". She believes everyone's greatest wish is to be their truest and best self as much as they can be. Helping homeless individuals begin working and get settled into stable housing allows them to be more of the best they can be.

STATEMENT FROM THE Executive Director

"Ours is a simple solution to homeless for workers. We ask them what their barrier is to being able to accept employment and then we remove it. This is done by providing BUS CARDS for job access, required work ATTIRE, trade job TOOLS, fees for LICENSE and CERTIFICATIONS TESTS."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Joseph Margolis

Muska Electric

Term: 2012 - 2016

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?


ORGANIZATIONAL DEMOGRAPHICS

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Diversity Strategies
No
We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
No
We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
No
We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
No
We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
No
We have a diversity committee in place
No
We have a diversity manager in place
No
We have a diversity plan
No
We use other methods to support diversity