My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Parker Street Ministries Inc, Lakeland, FL, USA
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.