PARKER STREET MINISTRIES INC Overview
Target demographics: Residents of all ages living in low income, high crime neighborhood.
Direct beneficiaries per year: Academic Enrichment Program - 100 - 720 hours Mentoring-Advocacy - 20 served weekly Christmas Store - 290 children shopped for Neighborhood Gatherings - 250 served, Financial Fitness - Quarterly workshops, individual counseling, Housing ongoing renovations and repairs
Someone who had 3 hours of volunteer time could: Tutor, cook, teach, build, shop, advocate, landscape. . . Volunteers help stabilize the neighborhood! See our website for details.
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.
Expanded year-round academic enrichment to serve 90 students, K through grade 8;
Added programs to serve high school students in academics, recreation and service;
Maintained a five year, 98% grade matriculation rate for academic enrichment students;
Filled 18, 30 yard dumpsters during neighborhood beautification projects;
Began renovation of three homes;
Built community through three gatherings with 250 attending each;
Provided annual neighborhood Christmas Store benefitting 257 children and their parents;
Advocated for families for housing, education, and jobs; and
Stabilization efforts contributed to 23% reduction in calls for police service from 2009-2011 (12,430 to 9582).
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