Homelessness is hard on children.
No home, no bed, no roof over their heads at all — no matter what it looks like, homelessness leaves kids feeling insecure. These vulnerable kids are at risk for abuse, behavior issues, school failure and more. They need safety and security.
How You Can Provide Help for Children
We want to make sure kids have the best chance for a healthy childhood. We know you do too. Here’s how you can help:
- Work with us: Help transform children’s lives through daily interaction as a teacher, a childcare worker or youth program leader at Metropolitan Ministries.
- Volunteer in our child or youth programs: Come listen to a child read for an hour, tutor a teen in math or chaperone a field trip. We have opportunities for teens and grandparents to impact a child’s life
- Give: Your gifts help provide vital resources like trauma counseling for children in addition to caring for their most urgent needs.
What we offer children and youth
Our Outreach Centers in Hillsborough and Pasco Counties offer a variety of child and youth programs.
- First Hug: Metropolitan Ministries program for homeless families with children 8 years old and under. An extension of our emergency short-term care program on campus, these services occur off campus and out in the community. The First Hug program is funded the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County.
- PromiseLand Early Childhood Education Center: where children of our residents on site and in the local community go while their parents are working towards building a better life for their family. The center also provides before and after-school care and summer programs for school-age children.
- Metropolitan Ministries Partnership School: meets the educational needs of homeless and at-risk students in the Tampa Bay area. We work in partnership with Hillsborough County Public Schools to help students who have experienced trauma achieve academic success as well as social and emotional growth.
- Youth program for middle and high school students:We help break the cycle of generational poverty and homelessness through programs that bolster self-esteem and help teens understand they have the power to make positive choices for their lives.
Need help? Need information? Come in or contact us:
2301 North Tampa Street
Tampa, FL 33602
Pasco County, Florida
3214 US Highway 19
Holiday, FL 34691