Community & Neighborhood 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.