The St. Joseph's Carpenter Society takes the old saying “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure” and uses it to help better the underserved communities of New Jersey. The Carpenter Society seeks out abandoned homes which they renovate and sell to low and moderate income families of Camden, New Jersey. Owning a house is a big deal: families that come to own their own homes are able to really establish their families’ roots, and in doing so they gain a sense of community, stability and self-confidence. The Carpenter Society offers not only affordable housing, but improved quality of life and safer neighborhoods. The Society works focuses on three areas to attain these goals: housing development, homeowner education, and community organizing.