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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Community & Neighborhood Development, Economic Development, Public & Societal Benefit

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.

Community Stories

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Advisor

Rating: 5

I have volunteered for and worked with many non-profits over the past thirty years, and consider Parker Street Ministries a tremendously efficient and effective organization with a staff that energizes even the disengaged. What a blessing this ministry is to the Parker Street children and families, the Polk County school system, and the Lakeland community! It is a joy watching them in action - definitely worthy of your time and support.

Review from Guidestar

1

Advisor

Rating: 5

I admire the people of Parker Street Ministries (PSM) for their faithful, effective, loving and courageous service to the people of the Parker Street neighborhood in the name of Jesus Christ. I have known Tim Mitchell for over eight years and, in that time, I have enjoyed the privilege of serving PSM as volunteer, advisor, friend and donor. The staff of PSM comprises some of the most wonderful and admirable people I know. Thanks to them and those who have helped them, the Parker Street neighborhood and our city are far better places to live and raise families.

Review from Guidestar