The South Tabor neighborhood is a great family-oriented area that is long on charm but short on places to walk for coffee or conversation.
But four (or five) mornings a week, tucked away on Kelly Street near 67th, there’s a great place to get caffeinated, muffined or wifi’d.
Dan Snavley has been the pastor at the Discovery Church for 23 years. He says that The Porch is a “no strings attached” way for the church to give back. “We love this neighborhood and had the extra space, so we decided to open it up and do something for the community,” he says.
The cafe has been a work in progress. Its most prominent feature –hence the name –is its big front porch, which Dan says will get furniture soon.
Current hours are M, W-F, 8am to noon, plus usually a couple of hours on Sundays: 8:30-ish to 10:30-ish.
But Dan is happy to open up other times if asked, and if his other duties permit. He says that The Porch has hosted community meetings and other events, for which he usually asks for a donation to cover having the custodian come through after, “but otherwise it’s free.”
The space cries out for longer hours, but that would depend on getting a volunteer or two to help.
Given its close proximity to Warner-Pacific College, Franklin High and the new PCC Southeast Center, evening hours could make The Porch the best study hall in the area. Dan says if he could get a volunteer to staff the place, ideas for uses for the space are all on the table.