I just love everything about Parker Street Ministries.I adore all the staff.I volunteer as much as I can.
I love Parker Street Ministries' after-school tutoring program because it helps my kids with their homework. I really like the fall festival because I don't like to go trick or treating. That's a good idea. I love how I can come in and volunteer and have hands-on participation with my kids. They continue to learn skills on their next grade level during the summer. I volunteer in the kitchen where they serve a balanced hot meal. I'm disabled and would not be able to afford to send my kids to a program like this. I'm happy that it is free. This doesn't even scratch the surface on things that I love about Parker Street.
Parker Street Ministries continues to provide holistic support to the residents of the Parker Street neighborhood in Lakeland, Florida. In the past year one area that they have focused on is financial fitness for all ages. The ministry understands the need to begin with children in helping them understand the importance of sound money management. As the children grow they will have better skills to have a strong financial foundation. The ministry helps adults understand how to manage their money and work towards their personal financial goals. This practical support will go a long way in ensuring the stability of the neighborhood and bring confidence to the residents.
Parker Street Ministries is committed to providing outstanding service to the members of a community that is economically depressed and spiritually shallow. One of the key components that sets this ministry apart from others is that many of the staff members live in the neighborhood where they serve. They are able to build deep relationships with their neighbors and have a clearer understanding of the needs of the community. The ministry's main focus is the children and youth of the neighborhood. Parker Street Ministries abides by the philosophy, that if the children and youth can be influenced when they are young, they will be less likely to make poor decisions later in life, and be able to break the oppressive cycles many of their families face.
This nonprofit is filled with staff who genuinely care about the people they are serving. I have volunteered and worked with various staff members and felt the compassion they have toward me and the residents involved in the program. Each staff member looks for specific ways to help-from teaching residents to cook to showing kids how to multiply two-digit numbers. I can testify that this nonprofit is making a difference.
I have volunteered with Parker Street Ministries since 2007.
Parker Street was my introduction to volunteering in our community and got me involved in volunteering in general.
I have continued volunteering with other organizations within our community, outside our state and internationally, and I am always impressed when I volunteer with Parker Street by the impact they are making in the community, the variety of fun social events they facilitate, and the overall organization they are able to maintain in the midst of so many projects!
The annual Christmas Store is an example of the Parker Street Ministries ability!
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.
I've been able to donate and volunteer for this ministry over the years, and I absolutely love to see the difference that the people of Parker Street Ministries make in the community.
I especially appreciate what's done during the annual Fall Festival and Christmas Store, though I look enjoy seeing perennial effects as well.
What an awesome charity! Parker Street Ministries does such a wonderful job of making a real difference in the community. The staff is incredible and very dedicated to the city of Lakland!
Parker Street is an asset to our community! Their mission focuses on all aspects of the people they serve - their physical, educational and spiritual needs.
Parker Street has proven itself and continues to prove itself as an indispensable asset to the Parker Street neighborhood and Lakeland as a whole. My kids have been a part of this program for years and are better for it. Their staff not only does amazing at their jobs, but they are also involved residents of the neighborhood. That fact alone proves their commitment to the neighborhood and the residents.
So glad to be a part of such an effective ministry that loves its neighbors in so many ways. As a board member, I am always aware of how blessed Parker Street Ministry is to have such committed staff members who live their faith and dedication every day. It has been amazing to watch the neighborhood grow together over the past few years by taking pride in their neighborhood, by learning how to be financially fit, by helping their children succeed in education and by growing in their relationship to Christ and to others. Our ministry could not succeed without our staff, without the prayers and financial support of our community, and without the grace of God. I look forward to continuing to serve this wonderful nonprofit.
Parker Street Ministries is an integral part of a poverty-stricken downtown neighborhood in Lakeland, FL. I have been involved since 2008 as a board member, volunteer and financial donor. Parker Street Ministries is unique in that staff members and volunteers have made a decision to be intentional residents in the neighborhood they serve on a daily basis. By becoming involved in the lives of the neighborhood families in an intimate and deliberate way, we see positive changes taking place; broken famlies are being mended, residents are working to improve their living conditions and children are improving in their school work. This ministry has given hope to families who believed there was no hope. With the recently purchased and renovated facilities located in the heart of the neighborhood, we are now able to ministry to the entire family unit providing academic enrichment, a computer lab, financial workshops, summer camp and special events. We are grateful for the many volunteers that help serve the needs in this community. We are delighted as board members to see that the staff always exceedes their yearly goals and they continue to surprise us with new ways that this community can be served.
The functionality and commitment of Parker Street is exceptional. They not only have a heart towards everyone that walks though the door of Parker Street, but a heart to reconcile and revitalize the community surrounding. They have a great structure and the kids who come into Parker Street for the after school care program, are respectful and know the rules that are in place. Students coming from a below grade level capability have begun to reach their grade level and above grade level capability through the help and guidance of the teachers.