Back to School and Starting Smart

by | Aug 16, 2023 | Supporting Lifetime Learners, Thank You, Ways to Give | 0 comments

Thanks to the faithful donors who assisted in the Start Smart Education Essentials campaign! Because of you (as of August 16), 145 neighborhood kids started school prepared. In addition to providing backpacks, school supplies, and uniforms, donations allow PSM to provide reliable, secure, managed technology for its year-round Academic Enrichment Program!

Special thanks to the churches, organizations, and companies that went above and beyond this year to assist children and teenagers through Start Smart including: Junior League of Greater Lakeland, Highlands Church of Christ, St. Paul Lutheran Church, Trinity Presbyterian Church, Lockheed Martin, The Rock Community Church, Grace City Church, First Presbyterian Church, All Saints’ Episcopal Church, Access Church, Strong Tower Church, Christ Community Presbyterian Church, WoodmenLife Chapter 78, Spherion, and Berkshire Hathaway.

PSM wishes students and teachers a wonderful school year!


Parker Street Ministries (PSM) is a 501c3 in Lakeland, Florida, that follows a Gospel-centered model characterized by living, listening, affirming dignity, and building community together in and through the Parker Street neighborhood. Parker Street Ministries is committed to Gospel-centered community development through the focus areas of: Fostering Spiritual Growth so Christ and His Gospel are front and center, Supporting Lifetime Learners through educational opportunities, Stabilizing the Neighborhood by addressing the quality and availability of housing, and Cultivating Connections so gaps in relationships and services are bridged.