Michelle Bruch

Homeless nonprofit raising money to meet increased demand

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Lyndale resident Terre Thomas — best known as the Fairy Godmother — is working to raise $29,000 to help outfit the homeless for new jobs.

Thomas' nonprofit Small Sums is on track to double the number served this year to 600. Thomas said that's partly because more people experiencing homelessness are landing jobs in the improved economy, and partly because of Small Sums' outreach.

"We've been kind of under the radar for a lot of people that serve the homeless," Thomas said. "We've just been doing good work quietly for many years. We're not so quiet anymore."

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