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Friday Café

The Friday Café, a weekly daytime drop-in program, offers a welcoming space where homeless and housed adults can gather and get to know each other. Serving an average of 150 guests a week (or as many as 300 on winter Fridays), it offers food and coffee, rest and resources to people living on the margins—but most importantly, community. At the Friday Café, people experiencing a wide variety of life circumstances can relax, share a meal, and talk together as friends.

The Friday Café is currently in hybrid mode, serving home-cooked food to go, with seating on the lawn as weather permits. We welcome your participation! Please visit our online signups below if you’d like to cook a dish or volunteer in person. This is a community program, and we would love your help.

Hours and Location

The Friday Café takes place every Friday from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. at 11 Garden St. in Cambridge.

Fall 2022 Update

Season 9 of the Friday Café began on Friday, September 9!

And we have BIG NEWS. We are delighted to share that on Friday, September 23, after 30 months of outdoor-only dining, we will finally begin offering indoor seating again.

In this next phase, guests will be able to choose between dining in the church hall or outside on the church lawn. New indoor health protocols will be in place, such as limited seating and shorter stays, compared to pre-pandemic days. But we are overjoyed to be taking a step back in the direction of a fuller community life. Please join us!  Sign up to contribute to our weekly potluck feast  to volunteer in person, prepping the meal, serving food, or distributing clothing. We hope to see you soon!

Learn more

Check out recent news coverage on our local CBS affiliate.

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Email: fridaycafe@firstchurchcambridge.org

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