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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.

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6 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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.


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Parker Street Ministries is an awesome organization that provides children, in the area, with guidance and support, in a safe environment, to encourage them to excel in life. They have helped to enrich the lives of numerous children and, through that, their families. Parker Street is all about giving back to the community. Their love for Jesus and their mission and values shape their organization and guide their programs. They have made such a positive impact in the community.

1 Galinda

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Wow, what can I say about Parker Street Ministries that no one has. I am a non-profit as well and just love what Parker Street provides and what they stand for. Our core values are very similar to theirs in helping hurting people, especially children.

We have a residential program for men, women and women with children who live with us from 14-24 months. As women and children come into our long term residential program, we strive to give both parties the best care we can. Most children have endured years of inconsistency, instability, and, in many cases, abuse and neglect. The love that they receive from us as well as Parker Street Ministries is priceless.

We have been working with Parker Street Ministries for a number of years. Our resident children go to the Parker Street Summer Camp every year and they thoroughly enjoy it and come back excited about going the next day. The staff goes above and beyond to assist other non-profits as well as the community surrounding Parker Street Ministries Inc.

From one non-profit to another, Parker Street Ministries Inc. deserves all the stars, hands down.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Parker Street Ministries is a phenomenal, life-changing ministry that is committed to the very highest standards in urban ministries. Their leadership is very committed to transforming the neighborhood in what I consider the perfect example of holistic ministry. I am honored to be aligned with them.

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