History

The Parker Street neighborhood is a low income, high crime area just north of downtown Lakeland. Its people are, for the most part, broken, forgotten and marginalized.

Parker Street Ministries, Inc. (PSM) is a Christ-centered, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization committed to individual, family and community restoration, reconciliation and revitalization in Lakeland’s Parker Street community. For 17 years PSM has ministered to this community and currently employs five full-time and ten part-time staff. A board of trustees and an advisory committee volunteer their time to oversee ministry budget administration and offer strategic advice respectively. Their membership comprises a variety of business backgrounds and Christian denominations.  Tim Mitchell has been the executive director of PSM since 2002.

Parker Street Ministries utilizes a holistic approach characterized foremost by a staff who intentionally live in the neighborhood to bring transformation from the inside out. This staff is committed to Gospel-centered community development beginning in the Parker Street community and spreading to other impoverished neighborhoods.

Our programs address four core areas:

  • life time learning,
  • financial fitness,
  • desirable neighborhood, and
  • healthy community.

Through the support of individuals, churches, foundations, and businesses as well as the efforts of staff and 800 volunteers, Parker Street Ministries impacted more than 1000 people in 2016.