Parker Street Ministries Inc

Rating: 4.98 stars   42 reviews

Nonprofit Issues:

Economic Development

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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Reviews for Parker Street Ministries Inc

Rating: 4 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

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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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

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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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

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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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I have watched the transformation of lives and the neighborhood that Parker Street Ministries serves for the last 15 years. It is an honor for me to help in any way I can to encourage such leadership and dedication of the team who has given their lives for this ministry. I hope anyone who has not participated in this ministry would choose to join with them in the many areas they serve. They are unique in the way they serve in our community.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I have visited and volunteered Parker Street Ministries each of the last 4 years from Michigan, beginning on a college mission trip. Even over those few weeks, I felt a part of the neighborhood, a part of the vision, and a part of the kingdom. PSM moves at the speed of people to help residents flourish and the neighborhood become more beautiful. Real people doing real ministry that encounters people and families holistically.
This year, my wife and I spent some time in the office and let it be known that things behind the scene are run a) efficiently b) professionally c) personally d) genuine...pretty much everything you'd hope for.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Our family has worked with Parker Street over Christmas and in restoring a home. Tim Mitchell has an incredible heart for his community. The daily work they do in the lives of children and families is a miracle of God. They understand how to serve and engage as Jesus would to empower real life change. God's hand is on Parker Street and He is active in all they do. Giving and serving alongside Parker Street is a joy. We have worked with a number of non profits over the years, but none have the heart, sacrifice, understanding, insight, and wisdom like Tim and his staff.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Parker Street Ministries has been such a blessing to my family. The staff has created such a loving and serving environment that it is easy to join in and volunteer. Their approach to living and loving their neighbors is amazing and truly a picture of the hands and feet of Jesus. EVERYONE on staff is dedicated to helping the children and families involved in the program. Every neighborhood in Lakeland should be as caring as Parker Street Ministries!!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I am volunteer and I live in the neighborhood over the past 7 years I have see them be the hands and feet of Jesus help us and other in so many ways I have seen them take in kids who removed from home from children's services. given women baby shower I have seen kids come to summer camp the did not there they're alphabet reading by the middle of the school year I have seen them go graduation for a teen dad and go to the funeral for a teen who died for cystic fibrosis I have seen them find a home for a family who home unlivable

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I love this ministry! It's been a privilege to serve in this organization. Primarily, I volunteer in the after school academic enrichment program. The staff and volunteers do an amazing job working with high risk children to keep them on track for school. However, PSM goes far beyond academics. It is dedicated to strengthening the families and individuals in this community. Lives are changed through the work, love and faithfulness of its staff...my life included!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I became acquainted with Parker Street Ministries through my local church. My initial response to the slogan "the WORD became flesh and moved into our neighborhood" was positive, but when I learned that staff members actually moved into the area, I was totally stricken with the radical faith of these young families. What a mission of dedication!!! I am humbled and honored to walk alongside these precious folks and the dear children they serve. What a bright spot in our city's landscape of ministries to the needy.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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