Friends of the Carpenter the beneficiary of hundreds of coats collected by Boy Scouts

Coats to be shared with partner ministries and community organizations

VANCOUVER — Friends of the Carpenter (FOC) will once again be gifted with several hundred warm, gently-used coats collected by the Columbia Gorge District Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

“We are truly blessed to have such generous partners as the Boy Scouts of America to help us in assisting those in need during the winter months,” said Tom Iberle, executive director.

The coats will be delivered to the Friendship Center, 1600 W 20th St., on Sat. Jan. 6.; volunteers will sort them by size and category (men’s, women’s and children’s).

FOC will make the donated coats available to their partner Ministries and community organizations, including FISH, Adventist Community Services, Open House Ministries, the Vancouver and Evergreen school districts and the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.

Friends of the Carpenter was incorporated in Vancouver in Oct. 1998 and began as a vision of a practical outreach of simple welcome and personal interaction between volunteers from the church and people living in poverty. Since the beginning, regular contact has been made with the homeless and poor persons of our community through woodworking events scheduled throughout the community and which, today, are held at FOC’s Friendship Center.

Friends of the Carpenter is a nonprofit, faith-based day facility that provides safety, structure and purpose for vulnerable members of our community. Learn more at


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