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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

5 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!

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!

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!

1 Yadira H.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have had the great pleasure of seeing the incredible change that Parker Street Ministries has created in our greater community. With an energized staff, deeply committed to providing lasting and loving change in this neighborhood, Parker Street has created an environment where families, children, and the greater community can thrive. I am in awe of the work they do every day to improve the quality of life for all people and their example of hard work, tenacity, and strong commitment to service is one in which we should all aspire. Parker Street is a beacon of hope for not only those they serve, but for all of us who want to see change and impact!