65,000 people in Pasco County live below poverty level — just one emergency away from homelessness.
And it’s not just a job loss that could push them over the edge. Money is so tight that one day off work to take care of a sick child might mean a single mom can’t pay next month’s utility bill.
We reach out to these families with help, hope and guidance to get back on their feet and prevent family homelessness.
Community partnerships and the work of hundreds of volunteers all over the county make it possible to serve hot meals every Tuesday evening, Saturday morning, and Sunday morning on site, and our new kitchen facility cooks 2,000 meals each month to serve at other locations in Pasco County.
On Sundays, guests are invited to worship with Joining Hands Mission Church following the meal. More than half of our guests choose to stay, some of them experiencing Christian community for the first time.
Our youth enrichment and development programs address the needs of children directly impacted by trauma. Homelessness, divorce, tragedy and violence leave kids vulnerable. We offer them a place to hang out and make positive relationships and build skills through recreation, after school tutoring, arts diversion and intervention and summer camp activities.
The Latest On Our Work In Tampa and Pasco County
Our outreach in Pasco County continues to grow as you help build this program and struggling families learn Metropolitan Ministries is a great place to find help in a time of crisis. Watch here for stories and updates.
Imagine a little girl wearing her father’s boxer shorts to church camp and asking if she can take her lunch home to share with the rest of her family. This little girl’s generosity to provide for her family, called Dan Campbell, Director of Development at Metropolitan Ministries in Pasco, to do more.Read more
When Francis* hears the words Biggest Food Drive Ever, do you know what she thinks about?Read more
Zach Bonner, is taking on the Guinness Book of World Records to coordinate the World’s Largest Food Drive: Food for A Million. Which will mean a million pounds of food, for a million needy people in the Tampa Bay area and surrounding counties.
Partnering with Metropolitan Ministries and Feeding America Tampa Bay, the 1 million pounds of food will be distributed throughout a ten country area serviced by both non-profits.Read more
Services In Pasco County
We provide comprehensive services to Pasco County at our main campus in downtown Tampa. We also work through numerous partners to ensure that we can help as many people as possible.
Life Change In Pasco County
Seth heard about Metropolitan Ministries through our youth outreach. His dad worked odd jobs and had trouble finding long-term employment and his mom worked in an office for minimum wage. They worked hard and didn’t like to ask for help but it was a struggle for their family to make ends meet each month.
When Seth found out we served a community breakfast on Sunday mornings, he asked his parents to go, along with his younger brother, Alex. The family was so grateful for the meal, served to them as though they were eating in a restaurant. They also found help stretching their food dollars in our MetroMarket, where they had the experience of shopping like they would in a grocery store.
Seth’s family stayed that Sunday for the church service and soon became a part of the Metropolitan Ministries community, giving back now to help other families the way they were helped when they needed it most.
Get Involved In Your Community.
We count on our volunteers to help us provide a wide array of services for families in Pasco County struggling with homelessness and hunger. You can make a big difference whether you like to serve behind the scenes or engage with people face to face; there’s something for everyone to do here:
- Serve a meal: We’re always looking for community partners to help us serve and take meals to hungry people.
- Mentor youth: Kids in families struggling with homelessness need positive and safe influences in their life. You can help with tutoring and activities at our Pasco Outreach Center in Holiday.
- Encourage success: Often, parents are underemployed and need to find jobs that will help them better support their families. You can assist parents who are studying for their GED or training for new employment.
- Give a gift