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TAMPA, Fla., June 23, 2014 – Let your appetite do the giving while you support local non-profit groups in Florida by dining at any of the seven Columbia locations in Florida during the entire month of September for lunch or dinner during the 17th Annual Columbia Restaurant Community Harvest program.
Metropolitan Ministries Opens Second Inside the Box Café on Westshore
Culinary Arts Program prepares homeless clients for a career path to culinary excellence
(Tampa, FL) When you enter Inside the Box Café in downtown Tampa or the recently opened location on Westshore Blvd., you are not only ordering a meal, but you are providing a meal to others who are homeless and hungry. Since the original opening in 2010--312,000 meals have been provided to Metropolitan Ministries clients and residents.
Metropolitan Ministries and Avison Young, the world’s fastest-growing commercial real estate services firm, announced “Inside the Box Café” will open its second location at Westshore Center, a class A office building located at 1715 N. Westshore Blvd in Tampa, Fla. The property, which recently underwent a nearly $1 million renovation project, has sought out high-end amenities to meet the tenants’ and area’s growing demand.
Every meal purchased provides a meal for a person in need through Metropolitan Ministries. Managed by former Metropolitan Ministries residents and staffed by interns who are current residents, Inside The Box Cafe is a success story and testament to the power of social entrepreneurship.
The first Inside the Box Café opened in 2010 at 505 N. Tampa Street and has 3 employees with seed funding by the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County
The second location celebrates its grand opening July 17 at 1715 North Westshore Blvd., Suite140 at 10:45 am and has 5 employees. The Inside the Box Culinary Arts Program sponsored by JP Morgan Chase Bank offers students a chance to qualify for apprenticeships, food-preparing jobs and eventually, with experience, executive chef positions.
Once homeless and unemployed the Metropolitan Ministries’ residents are the driving force behind Inside the Box. Graduates of the Uplift U® self-sufficiency program supervise the café while others support the catering division. The formerly homeless students are now fully employed and learning to live independently.
TAMPA - The national food stamp program will start seeing a cut in funding beginning November 1. According to a bay area charity, the consequences will be immediate. Tim Marks, the president of Metropolitan Ministries, said that for an average family of four, the cuts could mean 21 fewer meals a month.Read More
Miracle Place Wins National Community Development Award
TAMPA BAY, Fla., Oct. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Enhanced Capital Partners would like to congratulate Metropolitan Ministries' Miracle Place for winning a national community development award. The campus committed to supporting the needs of the local homeless population was recognized as one of two winners of the award for operating business of the year at the Novogradac & Company annual community development awards program.
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With the holidays quickly approaching, Metropolitan Ministries is gearing up for a rush of families in need of food and other essential services... and it's never too early to get into the spirit of giving.
Registration began Tuesday for the holiday distribution for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Families seeking food, toys and other services can register and receive what they need when the Holiday Tent opens in November.
Tampa Bay Business Journal (blog)
Ken Marinik (left) and Brian Evjen (right) of Metropolitan Ministries with Nelson Black, director of lending, Florida Community Loan Fund, holding the Novogradac ...
TAMPA -- A local charity is looking to feed thousands of families this holiday season, so they're starting early.
Bill Currie Ford in Tampa helped Metropolitan Ministries kick-off this year's campaign.
Folks were asked to bring in food donations to help fill up the bed of a Ford F-150 truck and a vintage mustang convertible.
The auto dealership's general manager, Tim Joslin said he's glad his company could help out.
Elisabeth Parker, Times Staff Writer
TAMPA — Amy Elam led visitors through red and blue preschool classrooms with tiny toilets, community rooms and meeting spaces and one of the 52 apartments, that look like hotel suites, at Metropolitan Ministries newly finished expansion.
Elam and her 12-year-old daughter are among 41 families and nine single women who currently live at the shelter and will move into the apartments next door, called MiraclePlace.
The expansion will allow Metropolitan Ministries to shelter twice as many people.
Quality and Content Editor- Tampa Bay Business Journal
Chase, one of the Tampa Bay area’s
Chase, one of the Tampa Bay area’s fastest-growing bank operations based on branch openings, hit a milestone.
Chase has opened its 100th branch in west Florida — an area that ranges from Port Richey to Lakeland to Naples.
Tampa has been a growth market for Chase since the 2009 acquisition of Washington Mutual. This year alone, the bank has opened 9 branches in the west Florida market, the company said.
Businessman Scott Fink is helping Metropolitan Ministries - combining his passion for cars and community service.Read More
TAMPA (FOX 13) - One wall at a time, metal and steel beams, wood frames and an idea have become a place many struggling families call home. Metropolitan Ministries' Miracle Place opens this week. It provides brand new transitional housing to 52 families and individuals who need a hand up, like Amy Elam. She gave tours at Monday's open house.
Miracle Place is home now for her and her daughter.
BY LENORA LAKE
Published: July 30, 2013 SEMINOLE HEIGHTS - The gray clay was "mushy and cold" to 7-year-old Megan.
But the youngster from Metropolitan Ministries, which serves those in need, liked the way it felt as she shaped it into a pinch pot in a recent Healing Arts ceramics program.
Megan was among 21 children from the organization who spent an afternoon recently at The Centre for Girls learning about ceramics and creating a clay pinch pot and a dish, as well as a watercolor painting.
Metropolitan Ministries is renovating and expanding its MiraclePlace campus just north of downtown Tampa. It's home to homeless children and familiesRead More
Alexis Muellner Editor - Tampa Bay Business Journal
The $23 million MiraclePlace started in 2012 and is set to provide more than 54,500 square feet of living, educational and counseling space. With it, Tampa nonprofit Metropolitan Ministries is doubling its capacity to meet the needs of homeless families and children, the organization said.
Amy Elam and her husband moved to Tampa earlier this year with their children hoping for employment and a better future.
Within weeks, they were in trouble. Elam's husband is self employed and she works in the hospitality industry.
The downturn in the economy meant it was difficult for them to find and keep work.
Elam says, “We lived in a hotel for about six months.”
Things were spiraling downward for the family, but soon they would rapidly get out of control.
The Tampa Tribune today reports on Miracle Place, the new transitional housing campus under construction by Metropolitan Ministries. Miracle Place will open in mid-August 2013 with 52 families moving into new apartments.
The construction of the Miracle Place campus was made possible with financing through the New Markets Tax Credits (NMTC) Program. FCLF provided $10 million in tax credit allocation for the project. (Read more about Metropolitan Ministries here, and about FCLF's NMTC Program here.)
Here is an excerpt from the Tampa Tribune article by Keith Morelli. The full article appears on the Tampa Tribune website.
TAMPA - While nobody wants cramped dirty rental properties in their neighborhoods, a growing number of urban planners say small (make that tiny) single room rentals are exactly what cities need more of.
Single room rentals like the historic Jackson Rooming House in Tampa were once a mainstay of urban life. But they were already getting a bad rap about the time the film, It's a Wonderful Life came out in 1946.
Newswire (press release)
“Metropolitan Ministries has been serving the Tampa Bay community for 41 years and as the needs of this community increase, we are fortunate to have partners like Analgesic Healthcare supporting what we do. Your contributions have made a tremendous ...Read More
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