Donation Hours: Tues/Thurs at 9am – 2pm | Shopping Hours: Mon/Wed at 9am – 12pm & 1pm – 4pm

Mission & History

Our Mission

In fulfilling its mission as a free store providing goods and service to those in need, within an environment of dignity and respect, Joseph’s Coat maintains an inclusive philosophy toward the community’s neediest and often most marginalized members. People of all ages, ethnic and cultural backgrounds, abilities and challenges are welcomed and served. The organization offers essential support to low-income families, the homeless, those living on fixed incomes, the working poor, new immigrants, the unemployed, those recently released from prison, and individuals battling chemical addictions and mental health issues.

Joseph’s Coat provides a welcoming environment where the dignity of each person who comes through its doors is acknowledged and affirmed. We strive to foster a sense of community between those facing hardship and our volunteers and donors who are the strength and energy of Joseph’s Coat.

Our History

Joseph’s Coat was founded in 1989 in response to the need for no-cost clothing, personal and household items by the homeless in St. Paul’s inner city.  Joseph’s Coat was conceived as a place where volunteers would donate their time and resources to provide the needed items and would join with the poor to create a storefront community that extended welcome, acceptance and respect for all.

Originally housed on St. Peter Street in downtown St. Paul, Joseph’s Coat has relocated several times as larger quarters to accommodate growing needs have become available.  In March of 2003, the organization moved to its current site at 1107 West 7th Street where it provides essential goods and service to approximately 700 individuals each week.

The generosity of individuals and organizations

Joseph’s Coat receives no public funding, and relies on the generosity of individuals and organizations to meet its general operating and program expenses. Please help those we serve by making a donation!