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Parker Street Ministries Inc

Rating: 4.98 stars   42 reviews 1,660

Address:

719 N. Massachusetts Avenue Lakeland FL 33801 USA

Mission:

Parker Street Ministries is a Christ-centered non-profit 501(c)(3) organization committed to individual, family and ocmmunity restoration,reconciliation and revitaliztion in Lakeland's Parker Street community.

Results:

Completed funding and purchase of a 20,000 sf facility, located in the heart of the community served, to increase program capacity; Expanded year-round academic enrichment to serve 125 students, K through grade 12; Separate high school program serves students academically and with career & education planning, goal setting, digital literacy, & financial fitness. Maintained a nine year, 98% grade matriculation rate for academic enrichment students; Annual beautification efforts fill up to 18, 30 yard dumpsters; Have received neighborhood beautification awards for four renovations over the past three years. Built community through 4+ community gatherings with 200 attending each; Provided annual neighborhood Christmas Store benefitting 400 children and their parents; Advocated for families for housing, education, and jobs; and Collaborated with others for cleanup of high crime area and nuisance abatement closure of high crime houses.

Target demographics:

Residents of all ages living in impoverished urban area.

Direct beneficiaries per year:

Academic Enrichment Program - 100 - 720 hours Mentoring-Advocacy - 20 served weekly Christmas Store - 400 parents & children shopped for - Neighborhood Gatherings - 250 served, Financial Fitness - Afterschool enrichments; Quarterly workshops, individual counseling, - 150 served - Housing ongoing renovations and repairs - 3 projects in 2015

Geographic areas served:

Within census tract 102 and zip code 33801 near heart of downtown Lakeland. Area served boundaries are In-Town Bypass to the south, Memorial Boulevard to the north, Ingraham Avenue to the east and Florida Avenue to the west.

Programs:

Staff and volunteers impact lives holistically through education, housing, community gatherings, financial fitness, Christmas Store, advocacy and through living in the neighborhood to establish relationships and share experiences.

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863.682.4544
http://www.parkerstreetministries.org

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

Our organization partners with inner-city ministry leaders across the country, and have partnered with Parker Street Ministries for several years. We assess their leadership and organizational health, and their impact on their neighborhoods. I can honestly say that the team at Parker Street Ministries is outstanding and serves as a model for many other ministries across the country in terms of neighborhood revitalization. The love and commitment the team and volunteers have for the neighborhood is evident in everything they do. The residents are highly involved and have great ownership in the ministry, which gives them dignity and pride towards their neighborhood. We have asked the Executive Director, Tim MItchell, to advise other ministries that we work with because of the tremendous success Parker Street Ministries has had. They truly are living out their mission in an amazing way!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Parker Street ministries has played a critical role in my development as a ministry leader. CEO Tim Mitchell is prepared to invest in other leaders in the community and share his experience and knowledge because he cares about everyone involved and wants to see Christ transform our communities. He has been a tremendous mentor to me and I am very grateful for his friendship and the opportunity to be involved with Parker Street Ministries as a whole.

 
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I became involved with Parker Street Ministries approximately 3 years ago when we moved into the neighborhood. One of my neighbors, that I met soon after told me about a great organization that offered an afterschool program and summer camp, that also picked up and dropped off! I was truly intrigued by this point and immediately called the program director, Christina Allen and after filling out all paperwork my daughter, Nani was able to start the following week and the best part was I didn't have a fee if I devoted a few hours each month of volunteering. This was an absolute blessing! We have been involved with the program ever since. I recently began volunteering in the office as an assistant, and my daughter is continuing in the afterschool program which also offers homework assistance and the students can use the computers for other school assignments, which has been amazing. The entire staff at Parker Street Ministries is a blessing. Each and every time we have been in need they have come through for us no matter what the need was and have done so graciously! I really cannot say enough about how awesome Parker Street Ministries is they go above and beyond for the families in the neighborhood.

 
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Parker Street Ministries is an awesome organization that provides children, in the area, with guidance and support, in a safe environment, to encourage them to excel in life. They have helped to enrich the lives of numerous children and, through that, their families. Parker Street is all about giving back to the community. Their love for Jesus and their mission and values shape their organization and guide their programs. They have made such a positive impact in the community.

 
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I started volunteer at Parker Street Ministries a few months ago, and I have absolutely fallen in love with it. Parker Street adds this sense of individualism and integrity. The children there are so loved by the staff, and they are encouraged to express their individualism. It is a beautiful thing to watch these kids run up to the staff with a huge smile on their face and give the biggest bear hug possible.The children are also encouraged to figure things out on their own, to make a stance for themselves. A sense of integrity is given to the children and the families. Parker Street Ministries allows these kids to feel at home, feel safe and loved, and allows them to build a personal, independent view.
I love volunteering at Parker Street Ministries because of the atmosphere they create for the children. It is a beautiful feeling.

 
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I have been volunteering at Parker Street Ministries since 2009 and was granted the opportunity to serve as intern in the summer of 2015. The staff have a love for Christ which shows in their commitment to their work. I have worked in both the after school program and community events where the staff have shown exceptional love and care for the neighborhood they serve. This past summer I worked with their data and I was impressed by their desire to accurately capture a statistical picture of their neighborhood. This statistical picture illustrates the great need of the area, but also the impact Parker Street Ministries is having on the neighborhood and the greater Lakeland area. It is truly a privilege to volunteer and serve alongside this ministry for so long!

 
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Wow, what can I say about Parker Street Ministries that no one has. I am a non-profit as well and just love what Parker Street provides and what they stand for. Our core values are very similar to theirs in helping hurting people, especially children.

We have a residential program for men, women and women with children who live with us from 14-24 months. As women and children come into our long term residential program, we strive to give both parties the best care we can. Most children have endured years of inconsistency, instability, and, in many cases, abuse and neglect. The love that they receive from us as well as Parker Street Ministries is priceless.

We have been working with Parker Street Ministries for a number of years. Our resident children go to the Parker Street Summer Camp every year and they thoroughly enjoy it and come back excited about going the next day. The staff goes above and beyond to assist other non-profits as well as the community surrounding Parker Street Ministries Inc.

From one non-profit to another, Parker Street Ministries Inc. deserves all the stars, hands down.

 
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I have been volunteering with PSM on and off over the past 7 years in a variety of activities and have seen first hand the diversity of services they offer their community. I like the Christmas store (awesome idea, great community building event, and A lOT of fun!), the after school program, and all the holiday and summer events (summer camp, Easter egg hunt, etc.)
PSM is making a difference in the neighborhood, their leaders are part of the neighborhood living next door to the same people they are serving instead of trying to come from the outside in, and members from inside the community are now serving as part of PSM helping their community.

 
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Parker Street Ministries is a real effort to help people find Jesus and figure out life as a healthy thriving community. They live and work within the urban downtown Lakeland neighborhood, being a beacon and living by example. I have personally known the director since the birth of the ministry. I couldn't be prouder of this young man, his wife, and their staff. At PSM, passion runs high and if you get involved you will experience their bond with their neighbors. They are truly missionaries.

 
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I cannot say enough good things about the good work this non-profit provides. My passion centers around the children, who are fed, nurtured, tutored, and exposed to Christ. Their parents are also tutored, their homes are often rehabbed; stable families actually move into the neighborhood to bless the less fortunate. Parker Street Ministries truly exemplifies the love of Christ in many tangible ways.

 
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