Our stepping stones include free Clothing, Personal Care Items, Household Goods, or Furniture for the homeless family moving into an apartment, retired couple stretching their budget, a battered wife & kids fleeing to a safe house or working parents trying to reach sustainability.
650 Families Visit Us Each Month
Champions connect through Joseph’s Coat to share our common cause by serving our neighbor, recycling resources and donating money.
$1 contributed to Joseph’s Coat allowed us to distribute $6.22 in donated items (thrift store value) to our clients in 2016.
What We Do
Joseph’s Coat strives to model God’s love by connecting people and resources to transform lives in Central Ohio.
We connect resources from champions that share our common cause with families struggling through a difficult season.
We offer stepping stones that provide the opportunity for families struggling with material poverty to achieve self-sufficiency; empowering them to live the life they were meant to live. Our stepping stones include free clothing, furniture, household goods and personal care products.
$5088 per month = 61,056 per year
The University of Washington conducted a self-sustainability study in 2015 for a family of four needed to cover basic needs. The study found that Washington families with two adults, a preschooler and a school-aged child saw the costs of meeting their most basic requirements jump as much as 72 percent between 2001 and 2014, depending on where they live. But median wages increased just 21 percent during that time.
The majority of the families that visit Joseph’s Coat are experiencing a difficult season in their life. They may have lost a job, had an illness or unexpected major expense set them back.
Between 2012 and 2016, 4 out of 5 of our client families (4194 families) visited Joseph’s Coat 5 times our less. Our stepping stones provide support along the path to return to self-sufficiency.
3 out of 10 people have been identified as living in a low income household in Central Ohio. (source: Benchmarking Central Ohio 2016 by The Columbus Foundation.)