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

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
  • During the COVID pandemic, the Friday Café has shifted to an outdoor format, serving meals to go and distributing clothing and other essentials on the church lawn
  • COVID Hours: Fridays from 1:00-3:00pm
  • Contact: Rev. Kate Layzer (

Online Worship Time: Sundays at 11am ET

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

Service hours

Limited Building Hours during COVID-19. During normal times their building is open from 7 am to 11 pm almost every day. Their office is staffed Monday-Friday, 9 am to 5 pm, during the program year. In the summer months, the office is closed on Fridays.

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 December 21, 2020


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