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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

23 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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SatisfiedParent

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

I started volunteer at Parker Street Ministries a few months ago, and I have absolutely fallen in love with it. Parker Street adds this sense of individualism and integrity. The children there are so loved by the staff, and they are encouraged to express their individualism. It is a beautiful thing to watch these kids run up to the staff with a huge smile on their face and give the biggest bear hug possible.The children are also encouraged to figure things out on their own, to make a stance for themselves. A sense of integrity is given to the children and the families. Parker Street Ministries allows these kids to feel at home, feel safe and loved, and allows them to build a personal, independent view.
I love volunteering at Parker Street Ministries because of the atmosphere they create for the children. It is a beautiful feeling.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I cannot say enough good things about the good work this non-profit provides. My passion centers around the children, who are fed, nurtured, tutored, and exposed to Christ. Their parents are also tutored, their homes are often rehabbed; stable families actually move into the neighborhood to bless the less fortunate. Parker Street Ministries truly exemplifies the love of Christ in many tangible ways.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have watched the transformation of lives and the neighborhood that Parker Street Ministries serves for the last 15 years. It is an honor for me to help in any way I can to encourage such leadership and dedication of the team who has given their lives for this ministry. I hope anyone who has not participated in this ministry would choose to join with them in the many areas they serve. They are unique in the way they serve in our community.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have visited and volunteered Parker Street Ministries each of the last 4 years from Michigan, beginning on a college mission trip. Even over those few weeks, I felt a part of the neighborhood, a part of the vision, and a part of the kingdom. PSM moves at the speed of people to help residents flourish and the neighborhood become more beautiful. Real people doing real ministry that encounters people and families holistically.
This year, my wife and I spent some time in the office and let it be known that things behind the scene are run a) efficiently b) professionally c) personally d) genuine...pretty much everything you'd hope for.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our family has worked with Parker Street over Christmas and in restoring a home. Tim Mitchell has an incredible heart for his community. The daily work they do in the lives of children and families is a miracle of God. They understand how to serve and engage as Jesus would to empower real life change. God's hand is on Parker Street and He is active in all they do. Giving and serving alongside Parker Street is a joy. We have worked with a number of non profits over the years, but none have the heart, sacrifice, understanding, insight, and wisdom like Tim and his staff.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Parker Street Ministries has been such a blessing to my family. The staff has created such a loving and serving environment that it is easy to join in and volunteer. Their approach to living and loving their neighbors is amazing and truly a picture of the hands and feet of Jesus. EVERYONE on staff is dedicated to helping the children and families involved in the program. Every neighborhood in Lakeland should be as caring as Parker Street Ministries!!

Carole19

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am volunteer and I live in the neighborhood over the past 7 years I have see them be the hands and feet of Jesus help us and other in so many ways I have seen them take in kids who removed from home from children's services. given women baby shower I have seen kids come to summer camp the did not there they're alphabet reading by the middle of the school year I have seen them go graduation for a teen dad and go to the funeral for a teen who died for cystic fibrosis I have seen them find a home for a family who home unlivable

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love this ministry! It's been a privilege to serve in this organization. Primarily, I volunteer in the after school academic enrichment program. The staff and volunteers do an amazing job working with high risk children to keep them on track for school. However, PSM goes far beyond academics. It is dedicated to strengthening the families and individuals in this community. Lives are changed through the work, love and faithfulness of its staff...my life included!

Diane67

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I became acquainted with Parker Street Ministries through my local church. My initial response to the slogan "the WORD became flesh and moved into our neighborhood" was positive, but when I learned that staff members actually moved into the area, I was totally stricken with the radical faith of these young families. What a mission of dedication!!! I am humbled and honored to walk alongside these precious folks and the dear children they serve. What a bright spot in our city's landscape of ministries to the needy.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered at Parker Street Ministries in their academic excellence program. I came to help teach kids, but instead the kids at Parker Street taught me so much more. Everyday, these kids come with smiles on their faces to learn, laugh and play. Despite the adversary of their home lives, and economic backgrounds, these children are some of the brightest and inspiring individuals I've had the privilege privilege to know and work with.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Parker Street Ministries is a beacon of light for the children and families that they serve in their community. It is a honor for me to be able to give my time to work with these children and the great staff.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Parker Street is focused and determined to meet the needs of those in their community. They live out their ministry by actually living among those in need to better understand the issues they face. They are true urban missionaries!