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Our mission: We accept donated tools of all kinds, refurbish them to a nearly new condition, and redistribute them, free of charge, to people and organizations that can make use of them to make a better life for themselves.
Our prayer: "Glorious Saint Joseph, model for all who are dedicated to labor, obtain for us the tools needed to work with joy and peace." (Pope St. Pius X)
Our status: We are registered with the IRS as a section 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit organization, EIN 27-0310708.
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St. Joseph's Tool Chest
3963 S. Fohr Dr.
New Berlin , WI 53151
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WHO WE ARE
St. Joseph's Tool Chest (SJTC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to gather new and used tools, refurbish them as needed, and distribute them free of charge to individuals, families, and organizations locally, regionally, and internationally. Our workshop is located in New Berlin, WI and we are affiliated with Holy Apostles Catholic Church there. Twelve of the 18 members of SJTC are actively involved in the refurbishing process.
Most of our tools, used and new, are gathered on April Tools Day held at the church parking lot. The enthusiasm created on April Tools Day results in tools being donated throughout the year.
We can arrange to pick up tools; some donors prefer to bring them to our workshop.
Though SJTC has been operational since 2008 (refer to the History section), we opened in the New Berlin location the summer of 2016. Since then we have reclaimed and delivered over 3,700 tools to local, regional, and international organizations.
CLIENTS SERVED IN 2017
Urban Ecology Center, Washington Park, Milwaukee, WI; "The Urban Ecology
Center fosters ecological understanding as inspiration for change,
neighborhood by neighborhood."
SET Community Garden and Orchard Project (Serve-Empower-Transform),
Seno Kenosha/Racine Land Trust Conservancy, Burlington, WI; "Dedicated
to sustainable forestry, natural resources education, conservation and land
Valley of the Kings Sanctuary & Retreat, Sharon, WI; "Dedicated to the
rescue and refuge of abused, abandoned, injured and retired exotic animals."
Salvatorian Mission Warehouse, New Holstein, WI; Each year it sends over
a million pounds of relief goods, including TOOLS, plus a half-million pounds
of grain to its 35 missions in South and Central America and Africa.
Clients Served in 2018
Salvatorian Mission Warehouse, New Holstein, WI; tools in India.
Camp Hometown Heroes, Grafton, WI; "Camp Hometown Heroes Is A Free
National Summer Camp For Children Who Have Lost A Parent, Sibling Or
Other Loved One Who Served In The U.S. Military."
Milwaukee Brewers Community Foundation/Housing Resources Inc.
Milwaukee, WI; "Brewers Community Foundation harnesses the pride,
passion and commitment of Brewers fans, players and other supporters
to positively impact the lives of children and their families in Greater
Milwaukee and Wisconsin."
"Housing Resources, Inc. prepares people for successful home ownership."
Women in Preservation, Plum & Pilot Isands, WI; "The mission of the Friends
of Plum and Pilot Islands is to work cooperatively with the US Fish & Wildlife
Service to support the goals of preservation, restoration, maintenance and
contemporary use of the lighthouses, accessory buildings, structures and
other historic resources on Plum and Pilot Islands. To conserve and protect
wildlife resources, while providing opportunities for quality wildlife-dependent
Haiti Project, Diocese of Greenbay, WI; "The contents of this year's container
included a 2-row potato planter, 310 school desks, over 250 stackable chairs,
3 pallets of dental equipment, several pallets of medical equipment, boxes
of new and used hand and power tools..."
125 Live, Rochester, MN; "...Through expansive programming, fitness amenities,
gathering spaces and personal health resources, 125 LIVE provides opportunities
for all adults to embark on their own journey to 'aging successfully'."