First Church in Cambridge

Filed Under: Faith-Based Organizations, Food, Shelters
11 Garden Street
Cambridge, ma 02138
Phone: 617-547-2724
Fax: 617-354-4185
Who to Contact
Senior Minister


Length of stay varies. The shelter has 14 beds for men and access to two meals and showers. Storage space is modest.

The shelter also provides guests with assistance in identifying and securing resources to transition out of homelessness. A significant portion of that assistance comes from a partnership between the shelter and Home Start (see Directory listing for Home Start, Inc.). Shelter staff are available to help guests negotiate the frequently difficult and intimidating process of applying for public benefits or subsidized housing. By referral only- no walk ins.


Saturday Night/Sunday Morning sandwiches: On the first Saturday and Sunday of every month, volunteers and church school students prepare sandwiches. On Saturdays, food is distributed to the Cambridge Common at 1pm. On Sundays, food, juice, and new socks are distributed in Harvard and Central Squares from 5-6:30pm.

Friday Café-  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.

Worship services: Sunday at 11am, traditional service (10am in July – August).

Additional programs, activities, groups include Bible studies and prayer groups – please call for times.

Service hours

Friday Cafe: September through June, Fridays 1pm-5pm.

Requirements & Restrictions

Shelter: Agency referral only, no walk-ins; no registered sex offenders; must be drug and alcohol free.


While every effort is made to provide current and accurate information for the agency descriptions and hours of operation, it is recommended to call the agency to verify the information before visiting.

Last updated February 12, 2019