and be welcome!
The Friday Café is open every Friday from 1-5pm,
September through June at First Church in Cambridge.
“I just want to thank you from the bottom of my heart that there is such a thing as the Friday Cafe. In a week that has been like the end of the world in so many ways we can get nourished on many different levels, let our hair down a bit, and just laugh about the most ridiculous nonsensical things. Thank you for reversing the current of a cold uncaring world, albeit briefly! May God richly bless you, all of you, that would conceive of such a wonderful thing then make it a reality.”
“I appreciate your services. The food is always delicious!”
“Good food and great people. Also, it’s a nice place to chillax and keep warm if you need to!”
“You guys are awesome! Keep the faith and keep it going. We all need you to survive!”
“This is the best of the best. I will not miss a meal here or the friendship!”
“I could say a lot, but being here at the Friday cafe is the best part of my week. And I thank you.”
“I just had an amazingly eclectic lunch of soup, fruit, pies, cheese and an amazing cup of chai for free! Coming out and eating on this cold January day has cheered me up. I isolate in winter because of my health issues.”
FRIDAY CAFÉ GUEST
“Great food, fantastic soup! A good clean place to catch a nap, talk to nice volunteers, read a book from the lending library, a good cup of hot coffee, and get away from the trauma of homelessness for a few hours.”
Volunteers are the lifeblood of the Friday Café.
If you have a heart to serve, there is a place for you here!
We offer two volunteer shifts each Friday:
Kitchen Prep Shift
For this shift, volunteers arrive two hours before opening to ready the day’s food. You’ll transform donated food into a delicious meal for our community, doing everything from making coffee, to cutting up fruit for salad, to preparing salads, designing custom pizzas. Your help will make the Friday Café not just a relaxing, loving place, but a delicious one too!
Before guests arrive, volunteers help prepare the Friday Café for visitors: setting up tables and chairs, sorting and putting out donations, putting out the day’s food.
After guests arrive, volunteers offer a simple ministry of presence, sharing conversation and lunch with guests. Volunteers may also be asked to help with tasks such as counting guests as they arrive, monitoring the food and beverage tables, handing out clothing donations.
From their arrival until about 5 o’clock, closing shift volunteers offer a simple ministry of presence, sharing a conversation and lunch with guests. Volunteers may also be asked to help with tasks such as counting guests as they arrive, monitoring the food and beverage tables, handing out clothing donations.
At 5, volunteers help close up the Friday Café: putting away tables and chairs, washing dishes, and returning donations to their storage places.
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11 Garden Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Directions & Parking
First Church in Cambridge is located at 11 Garden Street, which is at the corner of Garden and Mason streets, just across Mason Street from the old Radcliffe campus and just across Garden Street from the historic Cambridge Common. We are right next door to the Sheraton Commander Hotel.
The closest T stop is HARVARD SQUARE, on the Red Line. For those able to climb stairs: Follow signs to the Church Street exit, turn right at the top of the stairs, cross Church Street, and take your next left on Garden Street. (Others please refer to the map.) Continue on Garden Street until you come to the corner of Mason Street. The church is also readily accessible by bus.
Parking is a challenge. Those with Cambridge resident stickers can usually find a spot along the residential streets near the church; others will need to rely on meters. The rate for Cambridge parking meters is $1.50 for 2 hours (payable by quarters or Passport app), and parking is strictly enforced, which makes parking for a Friday Café shift a challenge. Public transportation may well be your best bet.
Your financial contribution will sustain the work of the Friday Café to feed the hungry, provide shelter from the cold, and build community among neighbors from all walks of life.
Donate By Check
Check made payable to “First Church in Cambridge” with “Friday Café” in the memo line can be sent to:
First Church in Cambridge
Attn: Rev. Kate Layzer
11 Garden Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Donate by Text
Just text “$xxx Friday Cafe” (e.g. $200 Friday Cafe) to 617-841-8044. If this is your first time using First Church’s secure text donation number, you will need to register.