Refuge Youth Cafe is Open for Business

Word Cloud This Place For CafeUpdate since posting:  We are currently open two days per week (Tuesdays/Saturdays) and the sexual health clinic is on hold until the Health Department has staff available for a different day of the week to hold the clinic.

We have had a lot going on since our last update and we are sorry it has taken over a month to get you an update!!

The Refuge Youth Cafe is now open! We opened on November 2nd and are continuing with ‘soft-openings’ until Christmas. In January, our official 3-month trial begins and we will be open THREE DAYS A WEEK! On Tuesdays and Thursdays from 215-515pm and Saturdays from 215-? (we will be determining our closing time when we find out what our attendance is like).

In addition, we are partnering with the Portsmouth Health Dept to offer a teen sexual health clinic on Thursday afternoons at the Cafe. Teens will be able to access nurses and other health educators to get information, condoms, other forms of contraception, pregnancy tests and STI tests.

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Finally, we will be offering programs after the cafe hours from 6-8pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. More information about One Sound and Romance Academy will be coming in the new year.

The cafe menu is very basic right now although we will be offering fries in the new year which has been requested by teens already attending the Cafe.

We are excited about this partnership with Divine Dine N, the Health Department and the difference that having a space just for teens to be themselves will make in the City of Portsmouth where we are currently starting and trialing our programs.