Friends of the Carpenter (FOC) focus on building positive and productive relationships between homeless and sincere, stable volunteers from communities of faith. They believe, "Christ calls us to minister with all in need of safe haven by being a caring fellowship and providing a sense of purpose through interaction with people of faith." They are able to accomplish this mission through their many programs and partnerships with the community. FOC is a day shelter, but they also host woodworking events, Bible studies, morning devotions, and youth mission groups. In addition, they provide transitional housing, training and work opportunities, community outings and more. When someone walks through their doors in search of help they are greeted with warm hospitality, offered free coffee and snacks, and then invited to help with a woodworking or other various project. Woodworking provides a tangible activity, a way to contribute to the community in a real and meaningful way. The wood products do provide some income for the ministry, but the sense of purpose and the relationships formed are far more important. Visit their website www.friendsofthecarpenter.org to view some of the products they produce. FOC also has a retail location named 2nd Chance Friends of the Carpenter Thrift Store located at 3414-A NE 52nd St in Vancouver. They specialize in antiques, furniture, clothing, jewelry, and housewares.