A program in Saint Paul uses a unique approach to get Minnesotans back to work.
Small Sums, a nonprofit based in St. Paul’s Midway neighborhood, is best known for helping the homeless qualify for jobs by providing work items such as shoes, tools and bus cards.
When burglars hit Small Sums over Christmas last year, they took 76 monthly bus passes and Goodwill clothing cards meant for the homeless. Executive director Terre Thomas worried she wouldn’t be able to help clients the following week. Instead, thanks to news stories widely shared on social media, the organization ended up with $30,000 in donations. To say thank you to a generous public, the nonprofit organization is holding an open house Saturday, April 9.