First Church in Cambridge

Filed Under: Faith-Based Organizations, Food, Shelters
11 Garden Street
Cambridge, ma 02138
Phone: 617-547-2724

Homeless Ministries

The First Church Shelter

  • Their 14-bed men’s shelter operates 365 days a year and makes a long-term investment in individuals, including a full spectrum of support services to assist in residents’ specific needs as they seek stable housing
  • During non-COVID times, the Shelter opens at 6:00 every evening, and guests depart by 7:00 in the morning. In March 2020, however, the Shelter rapidly transitioned to become a daytime as well as a nighttime refuge for guests. It remains open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • Contact: Jim Stewart ( or 617- 661-1873)

The 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
  • Hours: Fridays from 12:00-3:00pm
  • Contact: Rev. Kate Layzer ( or 617-851-5074)


Requirements & Restrictions

Shelter: 18+; must be drug and alcohol-free; not able to admit guests who are experiencing an acute psychiatric emergency; no registered sex offenders


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 December 6, 2021


Agency information may have changed due to COVID-19. Please contact individual agencies to double-check their information.