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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
Metropolitan Ministries is renovating and expanding its MiraclePlace campus just north of downtown Tampa. It's home to homeless children and familiesRead More
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.
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.
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
Northwest News and Tribune
The family festival, sponsored by Metropolitan Ministries and the Tampa Bay Storm, raises money for the ministry and helps collect toys for needy children during the holiday season. Metropolitan Ministries is a non-profit, faith-based organization that ...See all stories on this topic >>Read More
HOLIDAY — Metropolitan Ministries President Tim Marks says Gov. Rick Scott’s veto won’t immediately cut off all funding for a transitional housing project now under construction on U.S. 19.Read More
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