The cafe is currently running ‘soft openings’ on Tuesdays from 215-515pm.

The youth cafe will be opening for a 3 month trial in January 2016!! It will be open from 2:15-5:15pm Tuesdays and Saturdays from 2:15pm- 7:15pm (or til the fun stops!)

This is a very exciting development for GYA as this is the most important piece of the work that we are doing and plan to do in the future.

We are pleased to announce a partnership with Divine Dine ‘N and the Divine Deliverance Christian Center. They are kindly letting us take over their cafe space on designated afternoons to trial our youth cafe. This will be a safe space for teens ages 12-18 (still in high school) to hang out with their friends, get snacks at a price designed for a young person’s finances, get advice and support from professional youth workers and to access the services of GYA and other youth-serving organizations in Portsmouth.  The cafe is located at Divine Dine ‘N at 1805 County St, Portsmouth, VA 23704.

IMG_20151021_114205Ways you can help the cafe get off the ground:

Urgent: Funds for insurance and food start up costs

Urgent: A lockable trailer (at least 6 ft in length) to store our couches and other cafe equipment

Till drawer or register

A refrigerator for our cold items at Divine Dine N

A lockable cabinet for inside the storage area of Divine Dine N to store our dry food/supplies


Game systems and games and 2 more Game Cube controllers (preferably models like Wii, Game Cube and PS 2 with Sonic/Mario style games)

Wood and hinges so we can build some room dividers

A TV or 2

A DVD player

Come and eat at Divine Dine N during their regular business hours – they aren’t charging us rent at this point and so an increase in business from GYA supporters would be greatly appreciated. They have recently renovated and having seen their kitchens are ready to get down to the business of serving guests and the community (they often hire those who are re-entering the community after incarceration).

Refuge Youth Cafe Current Menu

Our Current Menu

Our First Dollar From A Teen

Our First Dollar From A Teen