A new space at First Congregational Church provides a place of gathering, welcome, and outreach to the Cooper-Young neighborhood. The Hub, located in the center building with a Cooper Street entrance, opens up 8,000-square-feet of space, which have been renovated to enable more convenient access to some of the exciting things that happen at 1000 South Cooper.
From 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Monday through Friday, folks can gather for the Community Lunch, which is offered without charge to the wider community. (Donations in support of the lunch can be given at firstcongo.com ). A clothes closet is open during those hours on Tuesday and Thursday, and a food pantry can be accessed on Monday, Wednesday and Friday during lunch.
The Global Goods Fair Trade store has relocated to this space and is open on Saturdays 9 a.m.-3 p.m. You can find great chocolate, coffee, and beautiful items from around the globe, all available at prices that support fair labor practices and sustainability for the people who make them.
Check the church website for a calendar of events. Afternoon card games for seniors, concerts, book discussions, receptions, and special events will enable a new place for gathering in Cooper-Young. A lot of exciting things will be happening at the Hub. — Cheryl Cornish