Nova came into Small Sums hoping to receive help with transportation to and from work. She has been staying at a youth shelter in Minneapolis called Rita’s House and says that it is a good transitional place. Nova had recently started work at Lush Cosmetics and loves her job so far, especially when she gets some free products! She has been homeless for about three months and says the biggest challenge has been waiting to get paid and struggling with food during those in-between periods.  She was so happy to see our fully stocked food shelf, so along with a bag full of groceries, she also got a bus pass and jacket. When asked for a word that gives her hope, Nova said that each day she remembers the importance of simply “caring”. She looks forward to having her own place soon and feels that goal is attainable now that she has a good job.

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