A delivery truck on Monday dropped off donated kitchen equipment to be used in the construction of The Portico Cafe at Hyde Park’s downtown campus, 1001 N. Florida Ave.

Construction is expected to begin soon at The Portico in a project that will include renovation of the sanctuary to prepare for launch of a new worship service in September, and construction of a coffee shop and gathering space on the first floor of the administration building. Learn more about our downtown ministries and about The Portico gathering space.The Portico Cafe donations

The vision for the The Portico Café is a place where passions for coffee and people meet, and every cup of coffee sold benefits the most vulnerable in our city. The Downtown Coffee Shop Team is leading the planning and implementation with a goal of creating a missional coffee shop to deliver excellent quality coffee, superior customer service, and impact the local and global community in profound ways. The Portico Café will be a gathering space with live music, open mics, artistic works and special events.

Thanks to Jeff Darrey for the generous gift, and to the team overseeing planning and development of the future cafe.

The position of Coffee Shop Manager, to oversee launch of The Portico Cafe this fall, is now open. Once the Cafe is launched, the plan is to hire people who have experienced or at risk for homelessness.


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