Community Highlight: Parker Street Ministries
You’ve heard us say it many times — give back to your community; help those less fortunate than you. These are perhaps the most important and rewarding principles we can act on. At Uncle John’s Pride, we take this seriously, and have instilled this as a part of our culture from day one. In doing so, we’ve been blessed beyond measure. We’ve not only met countless individuals that are also doing God’s will, but our hearts have been shown the great promises of the Lord and his kingdom. Our perspective has been forever impacted by the positive change we have been able to make in our community.
As we all know, even in the best of economies there will be poverty, and many people around us will face a daily battle to provide even the most basic necessities for themselves and their families. Today, in the U.S. there are nearly 40 million people facing this reality; many of these people are parents struggling to provide food and a safe, stable environment for their child(ren).
Parker Street Ministries is a group we’ve had the privilege of working with over the past several years. They started off in 1996 as a group of Christians called to an impoverished neighborhood in Lakeland, FL. They didn’t just want to give handouts, but chose to become part of the community by living among neighbors with those whom they wanted to help. They started in small ways: folding laundry together, helping children with their homework, picking up trash, or praying for just about anything. Today, they provide summer and wellness programs, financial fitness lessons, and provide family-oriented neighborhood events throughout the year, serving an average of 200 residents. The ministry also offers more than 720 hours of academic enrichment (per child) to children every year, and delivers nearly 21,000 healthy meals and snacks to households across Lakeland. These are people who not only act, but dedicate their lives to bettering others.
Just this month, while feeding families at their Summer Splash event, we got to see how much of an impact they’ve made in their community. Will you join us at an upcoming event? You can go online to PSMLakeland.org to find events and other ways to give back. We’d love to see you there. Imagine what this world would be like if we all took time out of our day to help just one person. We hope you will be encouraged to give back and lend a helping hand to those in need.
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