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.
I became involved with Parker Street Ministries approximately 3 years ago when we moved into the neighborhood. One of my neighbors, that I met soon after told me about a great organization that offered an afterschool program and summer camp, that also picked up and dropped off! I was truly intrigued by this point and immediately called the program director, Christina Allen and after filling out all paperwork my daughter, Nani was able to start the following week and the best part was I didn't have a fee if I devoted a few hours each month of volunteering. This was an absolute blessing! We have been involved with the program ever since. I recently began volunteering in the office as an assistant, and my daughter is continuing in the afterschool program which also offers homework assistance and the students can use the computers for other school assignments, which has been amazing. The entire staff at Parker Street Ministries is a blessing. Each and every time we have been in need they have come through for us no matter what the need was and have done so graciously! I really cannot say enough about how awesome Parker Street Ministries is they go above and beyond for the families in the neighborhood.
We need a ten star rating for Parker Street! I remember when I didn't have a job and I was down and depressed. I was able to come up to the office and hangout and they helped me get out of that. When my son had got into some trouble, they came over and set me down and talked to me and encouraged me not to give up on my son. I love how they encourage people not to be afraid, but to drop by the office when there's a need.
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 has greatly and deeply enriched our lives. We have nine children who have all greatly benefited in one way or another from the ministry. Whether it is coming by on a difficult night to help with the children, or volunteering to babysit while my husband worked long hours and I attended college, or sitting bedside holding my hand while our youngest daughter came into the world, or bringing by a meal when our grocery budget just wasnt enough, Parker Street Ministries, as the physical embodiment of Christ's love for us, has continuously met the many needs of our family. The staff has spent countless hours praying for us and tutoring our children and pursuing relationships and deep lasting friendships with each of us. The best part to me though is the fact that God used the ministry to bring both my husband and myself to Jesus. There are truly not enough words for me to write to adequately express the deep appreciation and love I have for the ministry and to describe the deep impact they have made on our lives. Its truly unlike any other non profit I've ever been in contact with.