Friday Cafe

Fridays 1:00 – 5:00, September through June, the Friday Café is a neighborhood gathering place where housed and unhoused neighbors can mingle and get acquainted in a low-key, judgment-free setting. The Café features hot coffee, nourishing food, music, art materials, and a community library.

You can find out more on the website at

There are a variety of ways to participate in the Friday Café! You could…

• Click here to sign up for a volunteer shift—12:00–2:30 (including set-up) or 2:30–5:30 (including clean-up). Come spend time talking and listening to neighbors whose lives are lived on the streets and in the shelters of our city. Kids are welcome. (Kids under 15 must be accompanied by an adult. No more than two kids per adult, please.)

• Drop off a plate of food—sandwiches, hardboiled eggs, quiche, fruit, cheese, or baked goods—or supplies such as tea, cocoa, creamer, and paper goods.

• Put together some hygiene kits, with items like soap, razors, shampoo, hand lotion, dental supplies, nail clippers, combs, body wipes, and deodorant.

• Set up a laptop so guests can check mail and use the Internet.

• Hold a nursing clinic.

• Give haircuts.

• Organize a sneaker drive (new or gently used only, please).

• Make a donation in your own or name or in someone’s honor (online or with a check to First Church in Cambridge, memo line: Friday Café).

Any questions? Got any other great ideas? E-mail Rev. Kate Layzer at: And thanks!

Upcoming Friday Cafe Events

February 23, 2018 - 1:00pm (Friday Cafe)
March 2, 2018 - 1:00pm (Friday Cafe)
March 2, 2018 - 5:00pm (Friday Cafe Meeting)
March 9, 2018 - 1:00pm (Friday Cafe)
March 16, 2018 - 1:00pm (Friday Cafe)

Latest Friday Cafe News

Volunteer at the Friday Cafe
Posted: Sep 14 2016 - 3:02pm

Volunteer signups are underway for the upcoming season of the Friday Café! The Friday Café is a weekly community gathering space, where neighbors experiencing homelessness and food insecurity can relax and eat. It’s also a place of encounter, where people can get to know and understand one another better. It takes place every Friday afternoon, 1:00 - 5:00 p.m., in Margaret Jewett Hall.

There are many ways to help out! You can volunteer your time; you can cook; you can donate durable clothing in good condition, or warm blankets and sleeping bags, or some new basics (socks, underwear, bras); you can give toiletries; you can help connect us with volunteer groups from your network. We welcome participation in many forms. Sign up or learn more at

― Kate Layzer, Minister of Street Outreach

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