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.
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

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.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I wouldn't make none.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

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.

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2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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