Small Sums offer work clothes, boots, bus fare to anyone starting a new job and behind on rent

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.

That mission is now expanding to include anyone who is starting a new job and who is at least a month behind on rent.

Executive Director Naomi Sadighi said steel-toe boots, uniforms and other items can make all the difference for someone who has been offered employment but has to choose between being properly equipped for work or paying for housing.

“We can provide all that so they can arrive for their first shift with everything needed to get off to a good start,” Sadighi said in a written statement.

Eligibility requirements for the nonprofit’s “Keep Your Place” program are a verifiable new job of at least 25 hours per week within the past eight weeks, and being at least one month behind on rent or homeless. Small Sums serves the seven-county metro.

For more information, call 651-242-9441 or smallsums.org.


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