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News Release
Tom Iberle to Retire as Executive Director of Friends of the Carpenter - 10/04/19

Vancouver, WA – Tom Iberle, who has served as executive director of Friends of the Carpenter (FOC) for the past six years, will step down in 2020, once his successor is confirmed.

“My years spent at the Friendship Center have made a lasting impact on my life, from the participants who have found faith, healing, and a purpose through the Ministry to the staff, board members and volunteers whose compassion each day is a reminder of God’s all-powerful grace. While our Ministry focuses on a new direction with the creation of our Pre-apprenticeship program, my wife, Kathy, and I also embark on a new direction in life, as we embrace the role and joy of grandparents to our two-month-old grandson.” said Tom Iberle. “In the last decade, I have seen great strides made in many areas of our program, and I look forward to working with whomever the board chooses to become our third executive director. This is an exciting time for Friends of the Carpenter, as we put our trust in a Providential God to send us new leadership for our mission of providing safety, structure and purpose for the most vulnerable in our community.”

“Tom has made an indelible impact on the staff, board members, volunteers and community members who have spent time at the Friendship Center throughout the past 10 years and his dedication to the Ministry will not be forgotten,” shared Pastor Josh Rowley, board vice-president. “The strength and resiliency of our Ministry is perhaps best demonstrated by the fact that in 20 years we have had just two executive directors, Tom Iberle and Duane Sich.”

Prior to being named executive director, Iberle served for over three years as the Volunteer Manager at Friends of the Carpenter, and for the past 25 years has worked in Social Ministry as a volunteer with the Society of St. Vincent dePaul, Share, Catholic Community Services and other community organizations.

About FOC

Friends of the Carpenter was incorporated in Vancouver, WA 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. Our mission: Friends of the Carpenter is a non-profit, faith-based day facility that provides safety, structure and purpose for vulnerable members of our community. Learn more at


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