Our sole purpose is to help homeless and housing insecure individuals, who have found new jobs, with the specific things that they need to start back to work. We believe gainful employment is a key factor in helping individuals secure and maintain stable housing. With our practical and timely assistance, that few other agencies provide, we help remove obstacles that often prevent workers from being able to take a job – like required work clothes and work shoes, trade tools, professional licenses or union dues, and bus passes so they have a reliable way to get to work everyday (until they receive a paycheck).
We provide the necessary work items and transportation support needed for our clients to show up ready to succeed.
Gainful employment is a key factor in helping individuals secure and maintain stable housing, stability and independence.
Last year we surpassed 6,000 clients served by Small Sums to date.
When our clients have what they need they can focus on their
next step to moving forward
Clients are confident when they show up on the first day of work outfitted in work-wear that’s appropriate and required for their new jobs. Uniforms, scrubs, sturdy black work pants and black t-shirts are the most commonly required work clothes. We also provide steel-toe boots or non-slip work shoes for clients in construction, warehousing, manufacturing, food service and healthcare.
Trade tools for construction workers, welders, barbers, beauticians and chefs are often mandatory in these professions; without them skilled workers cannot get back into higher paying jobs. Because of their unstable living situations, clients have often lost their professional tools, so we provide the basic tools needed to start in their fields again.
Dependable transportation is critical for maintaining employment. By providing a monthly bus pass, Small Sums clients have a reliable way to get to work and it also allows them unlimited rides to take care of other important matters while they are getting back on their feet.
Professional testing fees, union dues, licenses and license renewals can often cost several hundred dollars and may be prohibitive for a homeless individual. We help cover the test and license fees so that clients can return to work in the higher-paying fields in which they have been trained.
Homelessness is not something we can tackle alone. We need your support.
Your donation helps get a homeless client to their first and next paycheck, and into stable living.
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