Serving Our Community


We love this resilient farming community!  As soon as we moved here, we started looking for a cheap, fixer upper building.  We realized immediately there was a need for a centralized gathering spot for our local youth. Our school district covers a 550 square mile radius.  Most of our student population ride a bus home and are unable to get back into town (for sporting events, dances, theater productions etc.) because they do not have a car or are too young to drive.  We saw all the kids hanging out in parking lots and in the street. We knew there had to be a solution to this problem. With my background in coffee/management and our love for youth, the dream was born. Irish Den would be a safe, fun place for kids to hang out. We also set out to teach the kids valuable job skills that will serve them later in life. Our student internship programs are doing just that. We love providing a gathering place for our local teens and serving the kids in our community!

Our Main Objectives:
  • Creating a safe, fun place for the youth to hang out together after school.
  • Sponsor events like: 5th Quarters, Gaming Tournaments, Karaoke, Popcorn & Movie Nights, Trivia, Game Nights etc.
  • Employment training opportunities for student interns. 
  • Internet services to complete homework & tutors after school. 

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All donations are tax exempt. We are an approved 501-c3 non profit.

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Every employee who works for Irish Den goes through an unpaid internship program before graduating to employee status. During this time, they learn how to clean properly, engage with customers professionally, communicate about schedules clearly, and generally learn how to become reliable and responsible employees. When the student graduates high school they receive a scholarship for their internship.

Traci Lucas


Traci, is the founder of Irish Den and the visionary that started it all. Following God's call to serve the youth of the community she set out to create a safe place for kids to go after school. Her passion is teaching kids life skills and work ethic equipping them with tools to carry with them in their future endeavors.

Rhonda Nelson

Vice Preident

Rhonda was a teacher for 28 years. She truly believes in living by the verse 1Peter 4:10 "Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful servants of God's grace" As a board member her vision is to be available to help any person in need in our community no matter what age and being open to God's leading as she serves.

Mark Shipman


Mark is a retired veteran. He has his Masters in Business Administration with a concentration in finance and financial management from Central Michigan University. Before retiring he was a professor at Barton Collage teaching accounting and finance. Mark has a passion for serving others with the skills that he has.

Terry Miller


Terry was the Chapman High School secretary for 30 years! As a parent, grandparent, and a school secretary she sees the value in investing in our youth. She's an integral part of our team and we're so grateful for her expertise on our board. When she's not in Chapman, Terry stays busy traveling all over the United States visiting her children and grandchildren.

Kenny McPherson

Board Member

Kenny is a retired veteran who has enjoyed serving in his Church's youth group for many years. He loves getting to be silly and have fun, but also getting to be there for students when life seems unfair or they run into trouble. As a father of 6 he understands the value of having a safe place to spend time with friends and build relationships.

Collin Sullivan

Board Member

Collin is a retired veteran who has experience working with troubled youth at 6th Ave Skate park inside Rocket Town Youth Center in Nashville Tennessee. He was a youth leader and skate instructor for 6 years and that is where his deep calling to help youth was sparked. After retiring from the Army he knew God wanted him in a place where he can help youth.

Mary Navarrette

Vice Treasurer

Mary has a knack for organization and simplifying processes to make the day to day run smoothly. She manages youth group meals, streamlines coffee shop operations, and helps keep financials in order as we venture into expanding. Mary has a deep faith and strong passion for youth evident in her role as a youth leader for our Wednesday evening youth group.

Youth Group is for any 6th grade through 12th grade student!

Every Wednesday at 6PM we serve dinner (at no cost to the kids) hangout, and play games.

At 7PM we split into middle school and high school groups.  Each group is taught a lesson by either an adult helper or a video lesson. We then break up into smaller groups for small group discussion. Each grade and gender has one or two leaders to help the conversation stay on topic.  Youth group ends at 8pm and kids can be picked up from Chapman Naz (if in Middle School) and Irish Den (if in High School). Feel free to email us if you have any questions at all!
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  •  11/10/2023 05:00 PM

Lock-In is an all night event in Wichita, KS. We will leave Friday evening and get back Saturday morning. We will stay up all night doing all kinds of fun things. The evening starts with a speaker and worship. We'll have pizza and then head out for a night of fun activities - rock wall climbing, go karts, arcade games, bowling, trampoline park, ice skating, laser tag etc. We eat breakfast at IHOP Saturday morning and then head back to Chapman...exhausted and happy!

  •  9/16/2023 04:00 PM
  •   Kimball Avenue, Manhattan, KS, USA

We will be taking the Youth Group to praise fest in Manhattan at Cico Park this fall for delicious food, activities, and a variety of worship music.

  •  6/9/2023 08:00 AM - 6/12/2023 08:00 PM
  •   2079 Peninsula Drive, Shell Knob, MO, USA

High school students will go to Camp Table Rock and get to enjoy fun in the sun! They will get to go tubing, play a bunch of fun games, and most importantly learn about Jesus!

  •  5/16/2023 03:00 PM
  •   437 North Marshall Street, Chapman, KS, USA

1. Congratulations to the CLASS of 2023!! We are so proud of you! 2. For the remaining and [possibly] stressed high school students, were giving away free ice cream Tuesday May 16! It's fresh and delicious, straight from K-State's own Call Hall dairy bar!

  •  4/3/2023 08:00 AM
  •   437 North Marshall Street, Chapman, KS, USA

We know the big kids like to hunt for Easter Eggs just as much as the little ones do, so we'll be hiding TWO Golden Easter eggs. They will be hidden in two different locations on Thursday morning April 6th by 7 am. We will give out three clues (that pertain to both locations) starting Monday April 3rd. Follow along on our facebook or instagram page, we will post clues each day to see if you can find the golden eggs and win the prize!! Happy hunting to all Middle and High School Students!!!

  •  3/18/2023 11:00 AM - 3/18/2023 01:00 PM
  •   624 Marshall Street, Chapman, KS, USA

We will be doing a potato bar at Irish Fest located at the Middle Schoo, free will donation. All proceeds will go directly towards camp fees for kids!

  •  3/16/2023 06:00 PM
  •   437 North Marshall Street, Chapman, KS, USA
  •  12/21/2022 06:00 PM
  •   437 North Marshall Street, Chapman, KS, USA

This is a fundraiser event where the community is able to come eat supper and have the youth group kids wrap Christmas presents for you!! We will be taking free will donations --> every penny will go directly towards summer camp fees. Last year we raised $700+ and we'd love to double it this year...since we have double the amount of students coming.

  •  12/16/2022 06:00 PM
  •  10/14/2022 09:00 PM
  •  9/17/2022 05:00 PM
  •  9/5/2022 09:00 AM
  •   Sheeran Avenue, Chapman, KS, USA
  •  8/12/2022 04:00 PM
  •  4/23/2022 06:00 PM
  • 437 North Marshall Street, Chapman, KS, USA
  • PO Box 124

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Clover Cabinet
Food Pantry
The start of Clover Cabinet began  December 2023 when members of the community and Irish Den's team noticed a need for the Chapman and surrpounding area. We planned on "easing" into opening the pantry. However, we were met with a demand of people in need of assistance, as well as a wonderful community of people who wanted to help. It has been truly amazing to witness how God has worked and brought this initiative together so quickly.

On January 27th, 2024, Clover Cabinet opened its doors with a pop-up pantry at Chapman’s community shelter building. Since then, the pantry's items have been organized and stored in the building next to the Irish Den. This has been a blessing, as team members are available to assist families and provide them with items needed by appointment.
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We rent the Irish Den out to anyone in the community needing a space for a birthday party, baby shower, family get togethers, or business purposes. The space is available to rent Saturdays and Sundays, with a $50 hourly rate. To reserve a date please email us at and we will also send you the rental application at that time.

You are allowed to move everything in the building except the big table. You may decorate, we just ask that you clean up any tape. We will have a checklist located by the register, on the counter, of what needs to be done before you leave and where certain things are located. You are also welcome to use tongs, utensils etc.

If you would like a barista for your event, please let us know in your email request and we can help you with that. Having a barista does include a fee that we'd be happy to email over to you if interested.

Please look through our gallery to help you with planning your event. You will see what's available in the space as well as ideas on how to decorate.

Thank you so much for considering our space for your event needs. All donations are used to help our youth center and put right back into our local youth!