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Parker Street Ministries Inc

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Causes: Community & Neighborhood Development, Economic Development, Public & Societal Benefit

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 125 students, K through grade 12; Separate high school program serves students academically and with career & education planning, goal setting, digital literacy, & financial fitness. Maintained a nine year, 98% grade matriculation rate for academic enrichment students; Annual beautification efforts fill up to 18, 30 yard dumpsters; Have received neighborhood beautification awards for four renovations over the past three years. Built community through 4+ community gatherings with 200 attending each; Provided annual neighborhood Christmas Store benefitting 400 children and their parents; Advocated for families for housing, education, and jobs; and 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 impoverished urban area.

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.

Community Stories

60 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My name is Terrica Hendree and I first found out about Parker Street Ministries during my twelfth grade year of high school. In the beginning of the year I was unable to ride the bus because my house was close to the school, but it was not in walking distance. Every morning I'd have to wake up an hour early in order to be able to make it to school on time and I'd also have to walk from school in the scorching Florida heat. One day one of the Parker Street vans stopped me while I was walking home from school and the educations director Mr. Arthur told me how I could ride the van from school if I signed up for the after school program. He also told me how the program provided a place for me to study, do homework, or just decompress from a stressful day at school. After a week of walking to and from school I decided to finally visit the Parker Street Ministries office to sign myself and my younger brothers up for the after school program. It was the best adult decision I've ever made because not only am I able to finish homework but so are my brothers. Parker Street has many volunteers that will sit down with younger children and walk them through their homework. Whenever I want to slack off on school work the Educations Director Ms. Christina would politely tell me or others to get to work. They will never leave you to your own devices. My brothers grades aren't as bad as they used to be because now they are doing their homework and once they get home from the program they're too tired to wreck havoc around the house. Not only did I find help with my schooling but I also found help with managing money and finding a job. After I graduated I was able to work as a Micro Intern for Parker Street Ministries where I'd help with daily office requirements like data entering, cropping photos, sorting files, cleaning up unnecessary office equipment, and answering phone calls. I had no experience so my Parker Street family took their time and taught me how to work with data files and cropping photos among other office techniques. They did not rush me but allowed me to work at my own pace. Whenever I made a mistake they'd laugh and would always tell me it would be okay. There are so many skills and experiences that I became exposed to while being a part of Parker Street Ministries enrichment program and working for them as a Micro Intern. I would absolutely recommend anyone who wants to improve their grades in school or would like to gain experience in the workforce to become part of the Parker Street Ministries family.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The staff and leadership at Parker Street are all amazing! They have big hearts for the people and community they serve and they give tirelessly of their time and resources. They are honest, humble, passionate and so generous. I can't say enough about PSM, it's one of the best non-profit organizations in our city!

Miranda15

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This place is unbelievable! Parker Street took us, a crew of college students on spring break, and loved on us, equipped us, served alongside us, and even served us during our time with them. They are making a tangible, worthwhile investment in the community they live in, and I'm honored to have spent a week with them.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

God is MOVING in Lakeland, FL! This organization is on fire for Jesus and showing His love to a community that desperately needs it. The staff are so genuine, passionate, and helpful. Not only does Parker Street Ministries make an impact on the community, a long lasting impact will be made in your heart by the Holy Spirit as He uses your talents and abilities to serve this neighborhood.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I just love everything about Parker Street Ministries.I adore all the staff.I volunteer as much as I can.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Parker Street Ministries continues to provide holistic support to the residents of the Parker Street neighborhood in Lakeland, Florida. In the past year one area that they have focused on is financial fitness for all ages. The ministry understands the need to begin with children in helping them understand the importance of sound money management. As the children grow they will have better skills to have a strong financial foundation. The ministry helps adults understand how to manage their money and work towards their personal financial goals. This practical support will go a long way in ensuring the stability of the neighborhood and bring confidence to the residents.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Parker Street Ministries is committed to providing outstanding service to the members of a community that is economically depressed and spiritually shallow. One of the key components that sets this ministry apart from others is that many of the staff members live in the neighborhood where they serve. They are able to build deep relationships with their neighbors and have a clearer understanding of the needs of the community. The ministry's main focus is the children and youth of the neighborhood. Parker Street Ministries abides by the philosophy, that if the children and youth can be influenced when they are young, they will be less likely to make poor decisions later in life, and be able to break the oppressive cycles many of their families face.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This nonprofit is filled with staff who genuinely care about the people they are serving. I have volunteered and worked with various staff members and felt the compassion they have toward me and the residents involved in the program. Each staff member looks for specific ways to help-from teaching residents to cook to showing kids how to multiply two-digit numbers. I can testify that this nonprofit is making a difference.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with Parker Street Ministries since 2007.
Parker Street was my introduction to volunteering in our community and got me involved in volunteering in general.
I have continued volunteering with other organizations within our community, outside our state and internationally, and I am always impressed when I volunteer with Parker Street by the impact they are making in the community, the variety of fun social events they facilitate, and the overall organization they are able to maintain in the midst of so many projects!
The annual Christmas Store is an example of the Parker Street Ministries ability!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with PSM on and off over the past 7 years in a variety of activities and have seen first hand the diversity of services they offer their community. I like the Christmas store (awesome idea, great community building event, and A lOT of fun!), the after school program, and all the holiday and summer events (summer camp, Easter egg hunt, etc.)
PSM is making a difference in the neighborhood, their leaders are part of the neighborhood living next door to the same people they are serving instead of trying to come from the outside in, and members from inside the community are now serving as part of PSM helping their community.

Donor

Rating: 5

I've been able to donate and volunteer for this ministry over the years, and I absolutely love to see the difference that the people of Parker Street Ministries make in the community.

I especially appreciate what's done during the annual Fall Festival and Christmas Store, though I look enjoy seeing perennial effects as well.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What an awesome charity! Parker Street Ministries does such a wonderful job of making a real difference in the community. The staff is incredible and very dedicated to the city of Lakland!

Melissa336

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Parker Street is an asset to our community! Their mission focuses on all aspects of the people they serve - their physical, educational and spiritual needs.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

So glad to be a part of such an effective ministry that loves its neighbors in so many ways. As a board member, I am always aware of how blessed Parker Street Ministry is to have such committed staff members who live their faith and dedication every day. It has been amazing to watch the neighborhood grow together over the past few years by taking pride in their neighborhood, by learning how to be financially fit, by helping their children succeed in education and by growing in their relationship to Christ and to others. Our ministry could not succeed without our staff, without the prayers and financial support of our community, and without the grace of God. I look forward to continuing to serve this wonderful nonprofit.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Parker Street Ministries is an integral part of a poverty-stricken downtown neighborhood in Lakeland, FL. I have been involved since 2008 as a board member, volunteer and financial donor. Parker Street Ministries is unique in that staff members and volunteers have made a decision to be intentional residents in the neighborhood they serve on a daily basis. By becoming involved in the lives of the neighborhood families in an intimate and deliberate way, we see positive changes taking place; broken famlies are being mended, residents are working to improve their living conditions and children are improving in their school work. This ministry has given hope to families who believed there was no hope. With the recently purchased and renovated facilities located in the heart of the neighborhood, we are now able to ministry to the entire family unit providing academic enrichment, a computer lab, financial workshops, summer camp and special events. We are grateful for the many volunteers that help serve the needs in this community. We are delighted as board members to see that the staff always exceedes their yearly goals and they continue to surprise us with new ways that this community can be served.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The functionality and commitment of Parker Street is exceptional. They not only have a heart towards everyone that walks though the door of Parker Street, but a heart to reconcile and revitalize the community surrounding. They have a great structure and the kids who come into Parker Street for the after school care program, are respectful and know the rules that are in place. Students coming from a below grade level capability have begun to reach their grade level and above grade level capability through the help and guidance of the teachers.

Jarett S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I spent a week volunteering at Parker Street Ministries this summer. It was great to see all the great work they do in the community and with the kids.
Furthermore, it was a true joy to watch them embolden our youth with the message of Christ. Glad to see the word moved into Parker Street's neighborhood and I hope other's will take the time to find out for themselves how great their ministry really is.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Parker Street Ministries is a blessing for me. My son, Elias, has been there for about 3 years now. With all the help of staff and volunteers, who take their time to tutor, he has been able to highly succeed in all his school acedemics. Parker Streets Ministries has also helped our family share wonderful moments together with events such as dinner and a movie night, summer splash event, and also the Easter Egg hunt. I cant forget the most important ways in which Parker Streets Ministries brings so much joy to me and the boys: the Christmas store. The Christmas Store makes me so happy that I can buy gifts for my children. And last but not least... The school supply and unoforms the give , not only to my child but to all children is such a blessing. O yea.. I cannot forget about the "make my money last" class. They are so helpfull and creative on how to spend money wisely and more important how to spend less and have more especially with food. Which also reminds me of the Meet up at the market. I can go on forever on how I love and very much appreciate Parker Street Ministies. Thank you..for everything!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This nonprofit has been great to volunteer with and see how they are making a difference in they children's lives. The children love to be there and are able to learn things along the way.

lehschmidt

Board Member

Rating: 5

PSM does an amazing work in the community and is a mentor to several other similar organizations. Their approach is simple, yet outside the box and always results in positive impact for the residents of the Parker Street neighborhood. Thank you PSM for all you do!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Parker Street's staff and volunteers are the real deal. Their passion for serving their community is like no other. They truly put the needs of the PSM residents above their own. From top to bottom this is a world class organization.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Our organization partners with inner-city ministry leaders across the country, and have partnered with Parker Street Ministries for several years. We assess their leadership and organizational health, and their impact on their neighborhoods. I can honestly say that the team at Parker Street Ministries is outstanding and serves as a model for many other ministries across the country in terms of neighborhood revitalization. The love and commitment the team and volunteers have for the neighborhood is evident in everything they do. The residents are highly involved and have great ownership in the ministry, which gives them dignity and pride towards their neighborhood. We have asked the Executive Director, Tim MItchell, to advise other ministries that we work with because of the tremendous success Parker Street Ministries has had. They truly are living out their mission in an amazing way!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Parker Street ministries has played a critical role in my development as a ministry leader. CEO Tim Mitchell is prepared to invest in other leaders in the community and share his experience and knowledge because he cares about everyone involved and wants to see Christ transform our communities. He has been a tremendous mentor to me and I am very grateful for his friendship and the opportunity to be involved with Parker Street Ministries as a whole.