The Power of Relationships

The work of Small Sums is possible only through the generous support of our donors, collaborations, and relationships. We partner with referring organizations that serve the poor and homeless in Minnesota to provide our clients with the simple things needed for work, often within 24-72 hours from their application.  We believe that by collaborating with other organizations, homeless individuals who’ve just found a job and are on their way back to stability, will have more supports as they get back to a more stable living situation. Read below to learn more about our partnering organizations.

The Dignity Center The Dignity Center is a homeless outreach ministry program of Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church in Minneapolis.  The Dignity Center works with people to achieve and maintain stability. Participants engage with one advocate, make and keep appointments, set goals and report actions taken to achieve those goals. They work together on stability skills such as problem solving, decision making, organization and budgeting. Progress is measured as improved housing, increased financial situation, completed education and training, and obtained employment. Learn more about the Dignity Center here.

People Serving People People Serving People is the largest and most comprehensive, family-focused shelter in Minnesota. What distinguishes People Serving People from other emergency shelters is the broad range of on-site programs and services designed to address common barriers facing homeless families. PSP’s ultimate goal is to permanently end a family’s homelessness with one visit to the shelter.  Learn more >>

Union Gospel Mission Union Gospel Mission is a Christian ministry dedicated to serving those who are homeless, poor, and addicted in the Twin Cities community. The Mission helps people rebuild their lives by providing safe shelter, nutritious food, medical and dental care, and a variety of life-changing programs for children and adults. Learn more about Union Gospel Mission here.

Urban Ventures Urban Ventures breaks the cycle of generational poverty by giving participants tools to transform their own futures. Urban Ventures’ job placement program places individuals into full-time, living wage positions. Two social entrepreneurial initiatives teach participants business skills. Learn more about Urban Ventures here.

Small Sums also works with the following referring organizations:

Catholic Charities, Daily Work, Emerge, Emma Norton Services, Healthcare for the Homeless, Listening House, Minneapolis Urban League, Our Saviour’s HousingSalvation Army Harbor Light Shelter and Booth Brown House, Simpson Housing Services, South Metro Human ServicesSt. Stephen’s Human Services, Summit Academy OIC, Twin Cities Rise!, Ujamaa PlaceUnion Gospel Mission, United Way 211, Women of Nations Eagle Nest Shelter, YouthLink, and more.

To learn more about Small Sums partnerships or to become a partner, please contact Executive Director, Terre Thomas at