First Stop Drop-in Center

Perhaps you or someone you know is looking for a stress-free place to hang out or read, or to engage in some meaningful conversation while sipping a warm cup of coffee.  If so, we present to you the FIRST STOP drop-in center.  This unique community space and outreach of Good in the ‘Hood is located at the Lutheran Colportage Services storefront at 2101 Chicago Ave S Minneapolis, MN 55404.  It offers a safe place for residents, travelers, the homeless and/or everyday wayfarers in need of a respite to receive much-needed support, encouragement, conversation, direction, connection and a delicious cup of espresso coffee.   Anyone looking for a place to go that provides a sense of belonging will enjoy this unique pedestrian-style wayside rest stop.  During the summer months, we host several free community BBQ lunches and dinners.  It’s a great way to connect and to bring the community together for fun, food, and festivities.

In addition, our guests receive referrals and practical resources, such as shoes or clothing, for a mere suggested donation.  All the proceeds received are used to purchase groceries for hungry families in need through our Food Programs and services.

Are you looking for a place to visit or for an opportunity to give back in a manner that offers support for friends in need?  Our FIRST STOP drop-in center may be just the place for you. We invite you to stop by for a cup of jo and say “Hello”.  Or, you are welcome to join our team as a regular volunteer partner for this much-needed urban oasis. We’re open every Monday and Friday from 10:00-3:00 pm (Note: off on holidays).


To learn more, please contact our Director of Operations and Human Resources at or call 612-440-7463 or visit our Volunteer page to register as a volunteer member of our team.

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