First Stop Drop-in Center

Due to our recent COVID-19 outbreak, we are doing our best to balance the need for basic services with our capacity to effectively respond amid so many facility shutdowns, particularly those that host some of our programs.  With this in mind, if you are looking to volunteer or you are in need of one or more of our services, please contact us directly in regard to our open hours and availability for a particular program, service, and/or host site.   We can best be reached by calling 612-217-4003 (leave a voicemail please) or by email at  Thank you for your kind understanding as we work together for good.

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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 “Feeding The Future” 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 12:00-6:00 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.