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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 http://www.thefriday.cafe/.

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: klayzer@gmail.com. And thanks!

Upcoming Friday Cafe Events

September 25, 2020 - 1:00pm (Friday Cafe - Sandwich Distribution)
October 2, 2020 - 1:00pm (Friday Cafe - Sandwich Distribution)
October 9, 2020 - 1:00pm (Friday Cafe - Sandwich Distribution)
October 16, 2020 - 1:00pm (Friday Cafe - Sandwich Distribution)
October 23, 2020 - 1:00pm (Friday Cafe - Sandwich Distribution)

Latest Friday Cafe News

Posted: Mar 26 2020 - 11:39am

The Friday Café and First Church Shelter are truly grateful for the outpouring of help in response to our bagged lunch and casserole signups. Thanks to all of you, as well as caring neighbors, we are in great shape for the next few weeks! We will publish those links again as the need arises.

Looking for ways to support our community during this unprecedented time of need? The Missions and Social Justice Committee has compiled and vetted a short list of organizations looking for assistance to aid in their work in the COVID-19 response...

In response to the Coronavirus outbreak, the Shelter has expanded into Sage Hall to allow for greater social distancing, and is now open to guests around the clock, thanks to additional funding from the Commonwealth. They would very much welcome...