Changing lives by offering stepping stones along the path toward self-sufficiency for families struggling through a difficult season.
Our stepping stones include free Clothing, Household Items and Furniture for the family relocated from Puerto Rico, a single mom working a low wage job, the family that lost everything to fire or the veteran moving into an apartment.
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 S8.20 in donated items (thrift store value) to our clients in 2017.
What We Do
Joseph’s Coat offers stepping stones along the path toward self-sufficiency for families struggling with material poverty.
Joseph’s Coat is a connector. Champions that share our cause recycle their resources through Joseph’s Coat to be re-distributed to Central Ohio families in-need of clothing, furniture, household goods or personal care products. Resources recycled through Joseph’s Coat stretch a family budget during a difficult season.
$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.)