Parker Street Ministries Inc
Rating: 5 stars 31 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 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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I have had the great pleasure of seeing the incredible change that Parker Street Ministries has created in our greater community. With an energized staff, deeply committed to providing lasting and loving change in this neighborhood, Parker Street has created an environment where families, children, and the greater community can thrive. I am in awe of the work they do every day to improve the quality of life for all people and their example of hard work, tenacity, and strong commitment to service is one in which we should all aspire. Parker Street is a beacon of hope for not only those they serve, but for all of us who want to see change and impact!