Parker Street Ministries Inc

Rating: 5 stars   31 reviews

Issues: Economic Development

Location: 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 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).
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
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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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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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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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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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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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

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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

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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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I volunteered at Parker Street Ministries in their academic excellence program. I came to help teach kids, but instead the kids at Parker Street taught me so much more. Everyday, these kids come with smiles on their faces to learn, laugh and play. Despite the adversary of their home lives, and economic backgrounds, these children are some of the brightest and inspiring individuals I've had the privilege privilege to know and work with.

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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Rating: 5 stars  

Parker Street Ministries is a beacon of light for the children and families that they serve in their community. It is a honor for me to be able to give my time to work with these children and the great staff.

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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Parker Street is focused and determined to meet the needs of those in their community. They live out their ministry by actually living among those in need to better understand the issues they face. They are true urban missionaries!

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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