Parker Street Ministries Inc
Rating: 5 stars 34 reviews
Issues: Economic Development
Location: 719 N. Massachusetts Avenue Lakeland FL 33801 USA
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, job preparedness, financial fitness, and service; Maintained a seven year, 98% grade matriculation rate for academic enrichment students; Annual beautification efforts fill up to 18, 30 yard dumpsters; Renovated four homes over three year period; Built community through 3+ community gatherings with 250 attending each; Provided annual neighborhood Christmas Store benefitting 400 children and their parents; Advocated for families for housing, education, and jobs; and Stabilization efforts contributed to reduction in calls for police service from 2009-2011 (12,430 to 9582). Also 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 low income, high crime neighborhood.
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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Parker Street Ministries is a phenomenal, life-changing ministry that is committed to the very highest standards in urban ministries. Their leadership is very committed to transforming the neighborhood in what I consider the perfect example of holistic ministry. I am honored to be aligned with them.
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