331 West 42nd Street (between 8th and 9th Avenues), New York, NY 10036
Phone: 646-545-4621| Email:
Hours of Operation: Monday to Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm

The Coffeehouse program has been serving the Hell’s Kitchen/Chelsea neighborhood since the early 1970’s—starting as a help desk in the Port Authority Bus Terminal where the elderly “sitters” congregated, and growing over time to become a full service senior center with funding from the NYC Department for the Aging.

For 30 years, the Coffeehouse operated in a building near Times Square, at 551 Ninth Avenue, owned by Port Authority. In 2012, with enormous assistance from the Port Authority, we were able to secure a new and even better home in the undercroft of the Holy Cross Church at 331 West 42nd Street.

The $1.1 million build out of McCaffrey Hall has taken a year to transform the space into a fully handicap-accessible center with a commercial grade kitchen. Designed by Charles Lauster Architect, the space will allow for greater programmatic diversity and can physically accommodate a greater number of individuals.

Coffeehouse provides breakfast and lunch five days week in addition to an expanding number of health and wellness activities. The center also provides a Thursday evening meal program (Dinner at Coffeehouse) and a take-away meal program (Day for Night) for individuals who are either homeless, indigent, or whose living quarters do not contain cooking facilities.

Kathleen Mohamed, Director

Kathleen Mohamed has a wealth of experience in food services management and human resources. For seven years she worked for the New York City Department of Education as a Food Service Manager for three high schools and an elementary school district in Brooklyn and was then promoted to Human Resource Supervisor for all food service staff in the five boroughs. Additionally, Kathleen served for ten years working with contract food companies, private hospitals and nursing homes in both capacities of Purchasing and Food Service Manager. A graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Kathleen earned her B.S. in Hotel Restaurant and Institutional Management. Kathleen lives by the school motto, Ut Prosim, which is Latin for “That I May Serve.” Kathleen chose her major because she enjoys assisting seniors and the homeless while helping them with their nutritional and social daily requirements.