Le Dorothy

Le Dorothy is an associative café-atelier(café-workshop) created by Christians and open to all, welcoming passersby every afternoon between Tuesday and Saturday for a free coffee, a little rest in a sofa, a discussion in the garden or the daily social assistance (legal counseling, food tickets, student lessons, computer help).

In addition to this social pillar, Le Dorothy proposes a vast range of cultural events (concerts, jams, weekly folk dance) and lectures (see => https://www.ledorothy.fr/programmation/).

Finally, the third dimension of Le Dorothy is the manual one. In the carpentry workshops (50 square meters), our unique employee (Pascal) initiates every Tuesday 20 to 30 persons to plombery, electricity or woodcraft. Every Saturday, anyone is welcome to bring a manual project to the workshop and work on it with Pascal’s advice and our equipment. Finally, more than 15 artists of all stripes (ceramists, painters, photographs, stylists, florists) rent a space in le Dorothy to work there daily.

The dozens of volunteers who manage le Dorothy are a Christian community bolstered by their faith, the weekly team prayer, a monthly gathering to reconcile information and define strategy, and two yearly retreats (after Christmas and Easter). They try to live the Gospel humbly in their neighborhood while tackling at the same time the challenges of social justice and political engagement at a wider scale.

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“We must make the kind of society where it is easier for people to be good.”

—Peter Maurin

“God meant for things to be much easier than we have made them.”

—Dorothy day