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.
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Rating: 5 stars  

Parker Street Ministries is such an important organization for the Lakeland Community. It has helped so many families struggling to provide for themselves and especially their children. PSM does this in a way that doesn't take away a persons dignity or self worth. This year the children at my Sunday School are giving their offerings to support this worthy ministry that is right in their own back yard. Thank you, PSM, for all you do to help encourage those who need a helping hand.

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Rating: 5 stars  

My wife and I have supported and volunteered with Parker Street Ministries for over 10 years. Their faithfulness in the Parker Street community is a powerful asset to the city of Lakeland and the kingdom of God. They make every donation count. The residents' lives are being changed because they are there!

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