About Us

Mission Statement
Joseph’s Coat answers God’s call to love and serve our neighbor; changing lives by offering stepping stones toward self-sufficiency through material assistance.

Joseph’s Coat is one of Central Ohio’s largest free clothing and furniture stores. 89,010 items of clothing were distributed and 324 families received furniture in 2016. Champions recycle their resources through Joseph’s Coat. Joseph’s Coat offers the resources to families in our community struggling through a difficult season.

Our History

 Joseph’s Coat clothing ministry was born out of the needs of homeless families hosted through the Inter-Faith Hospitality Network (IHN). The first ministry was housed in a two-car garage. It was complete with clothing racks, shelving and display tables. Clothing was offered to IHN hosted families. Joseph’s Coat’s expanded to offer furniture and household goods to help families transitioning from homelessness to their own home.

We began through collaboration between volunteers from area churches including, Messiah LutheranSt. Pius X Catholic, and Parkview Presbyterian, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, & Peace United Methodist. Reynoldsburg United Methodist, Eastpointe Christian, Peace Lutheran, St. Matthews Catholic and Epiphany Lutheran are now partners along with schools, businesses, social service organizations and individuals from our community.

Over the past decade, Joseph’s Coat has moved several times after outgrowing the two-car garage store. We are located in an office/warehouse off E. Broad St. near Mt. Carmel East Hospital at 240 Outerbelt St., Suite 5.

We serve families in Central Ohio struggling through a difficult season.


2016 By the Numbers

  • 106,447 items of clothing, furniture, housewares and personal care items distributed to families
  • 9,039 client family visits
  • 12,563 volunteer hours recorded. This equates to 6.25 full-time staff positions.
  • $818,014 (thrift store value) of items distributed to families
  • $1 contribution allowed Joseph’s Coat to distribute $6.22 worth of goods

501(c)3 Nonprofit

The IRS determined that Joseph’s Coat of Central Ohio, Inc. is tax exempt organization under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code effective July 1, 2012. Contributions to Joseph’s Coat are tax deductible under section 170 of the Code.

2016 IRS Form 990 Josephs Coat of Central Ohio

Equal Opportunity Employer

Joseph’s Coat of Central Ohio, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. We will not discriminate and will take affirmative action measures to ensure against discrimination in employment, recruitment, advertisements for employment, compensation, termination, upgrading, promotions, and other conditions of employment against any employee or job applicant on the bases of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran’s status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.