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

January 31, 2020 - 1:00pm (Friday Cafe)
February 7, 2020 - 1:00pm (Friday Cafe)
February 14, 2020 - 1:00pm (Friday Cafe)
February 21, 2020 - 1:00pm (Friday Cafe)
February 28, 2020 - 1:00pm (Friday Cafe)

The First Church Shelter, located in the  basement of our church building, co-funded by First Church in Cambridge and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, has served dinner to fourteen guests every night for the last thirty years. The vast majority...

Volunteer signups are underway for 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...