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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


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.



Rating: 5

Parker Street Ministries is a real effort to help people find Jesus and figure out life as a healthy thriving community. They live and work within the urban downtown Lakeland neighborhood, being a beacon and living by example. I have personally known the director since the birth of the ministry. I couldn't be prouder of this young man, his wife, and their staff. At PSM, passion runs high and if you get involved you will experience their bond with their neighbors. They are truly missionaries.

Clint D.


Rating: 5

I've followed and have been involved with Parker Street Ministries for around 8 years. They continue to be a caring and effective organization with strong leadership and a capable staff. On top of that, they run lean, operating well below the overhead of many other ministries I've encountered. Great people, and a clear focus on the people they serve.


Rating: 5

Parker Street Ministries is such an important organization for the Lakeland Community. It has helped so many families struggling to provide for themselves and especially their children. PSM does this in a way that doesn't take away a persons dignity or self worth. This year the children at my Sunday School are giving their offerings to support this worthy ministry that is right in their own back yard. Thank you, PSM, for all you do to help encourage those who need a helping hand.


Rating: 5

My wife and I have supported and volunteered with Parker Street Ministries for over 10 years. Their faithfulness in the Parker Street community is a powerful asset to the city of Lakeland and the kingdom of God. They make every donation count. The residents' lives are being changed because they are there!

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