At Home Group™ was founded by local volunteers and philanthropists in 2005. Through their previous work with the homeless community of the Twin Cities, they learned about some of the difficulties that individuals who are homeless face when seeking employment. Many times, they heard from individuals who had the drive and determination to work, but could not afford the uniforms or tools required to start the job. A number of discussions took place surrounding these topics, and through these discussions, At Home Group™ DBA Small Sums was founded. In 2007, At Home Group, Inc began using the organizational name “Small Sums” (a dba) because the board of directors felt the new name better reflected the mission and spirit of the organization. We know that employment is a critical part of acquiring and staying in stable housing and that often a “small sum” is all that’s needed to help.
Our programs have evolved to meet the changing needs of the homeless population, but our goal has remained the same: to foster self-sufficiency among homeless individuals by helping them with the items they need in order to start back to work and back to more stable lives.