No home, no bed, no roof over their heads — no matter what it looks like, homelessness leaves kids feeling insecure and afraid.
What we offer
PromiseLand Early Childhood Education Center: The center provides loving, comprehensive care for children zero through five years old. It’s a place where children of our residents and the local community go while their parents are working through education and job training to build a better life. Specialized programs include:
- Infant Mental Health
- Special Needs
- Parent-Child Interactive Therapy
Metropolitan Ministries K-5 Partnership School: The Patricia J. Sullivan Partnership School serves as a choice elementary school. In close partnership with the School District of Hillsborough County, parents and our dedicated staff, we help students achieve academic success and social and emotional growth.
- At risk children in the surrounding community
- Homeless students residing here who have experienced trauma
- As a result, most of these children are below grade level
First Hug: The First Hug program is specially designed for families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless with children birth – Middle School. This service model recognizes the trauma experienced by homeless family members and provides key services that will help your family deal with the issues you have experienced.
First Hug is a child-centered program ensuring that children are ready to learn and succeed and provides wrap-around preventative services to alleviate family stress.
You can fill out the First Hug form here.
Parent-Child Home Program: A national early learning program for children aged two to three years old, this program aids under-resourced parents or guardians of children by providing home visitors for help with developing their child’s reading and early learning skills—offering encouragement for parents and to prepare children for school readiness and life success.
First Hug and Parent-Child programs are funded through a grant provided by:
Many of our school-aged and teen residents admit to getting off the school bus three blocks away from Metropolitan Ministries so the other kids won’t know they are homeless. Their situation leaves them feeling embarrassed and stigmatized. These vulnerable teens are at risk for abuse, behavior issues, school failure and more.
What we offer
Our at-risk youth programming is specifically designed to address trauma, educational gaps, leadership development, and enrichment through:
- C.R.E.A.T.E (Children’s Recreational Education Arts and Therapeutic Experience)
- Teen SpeakUp: a public speaking and leadership program
- Dale Carnegie leadership training
- STEAM (Science, Technology, Arts, Math) including Robotics
- Performing Arts training with the Patel Conservatory
- Flexible space to support ongoing self-defense, safety, and rape prevention classes
- Gymnasium to support sports and exercise
- Real-world experiences through fields trips and summer camps