OUTREACH AND PREVENTION SERVICES
With dignity, integrity, and hope, Metropolitan Minstires Outreach services will you on your journey to self-sufficency. By building trusting relationships we can work together to explore the best ways to achieve your goals by providing you knowledge in order to make informed decisions that lead to a better quality life. We provide the following services: Food Assistance, Clothing Vouchers, Access Site (online application for services), Employment Lab, Special Assistance, Florida State ID's, Meal-Site Partners, Prosperity Campaign - Free Income Tax Services, Housing and Referrals. See description of services below.
We recommend you arrive early to ensure you have ample time to meet with one of our counselors.
An emergency food box (our Box of Hope) or the Metro Market Food Shop are immediate assistance services provided to eligible individuals and families. Photo ID and SSN cards for all family members are required along with proof of residence. Food is provided 3 times a year. Additional request may be honored on a case by case basis, but will require a referral from an outside organization. Food is distributed according to household size.
Clothing is also an immediate assistance service provided to individuals and families considered to be homeless and found eligible through the assessment and evaluation process of Outreach and Prevention Services. Unlike the food box, individuals and/or families that do no have permanent, physical and/or verifiable address, may receive a clothing voucher. Vouchers may be redeem at the Ministries Thrift Store.
The Access Center provides immediate assistance with online applications for Florida State Benefits, Food Stamps/Assistance, Medicaid and Medicare. Licenced Medicare agents are on site to answer questions. Corporate computers used in this program provided through a grant from the Children's Board of Hillsborough County.
Gain the skills you need to land the perfect job as you transition back into the workforce. Our employment lab will give you the opportunity to be trained one-on-one in the following areas: job fairs, interview skills, professionalism, how to dress for success, and how to draft a resume. You will also have computer access for submitting job applications online. Corporate computers used in this program provided through a grant from the Children's Board of Hillsborough County.
This assistance service is provided to individuals as a last resort for assistance with Rent and Utilities. Funding for this service is limited and based on availability. Organizations which provide these services are the Neighborhood Services Centers, Family Support Crisis Center and Catholic Charities. Requirements are: Photo, ID, SSN for applicants and other household members, Residents (current) lease agreement, Past Due or Eviction Notice, Proof of Income, pay check stubs, Worker's Compensation statement, Social Security award letter, food stamps award letter, cash assistance award letter (or combination of applicable documents). Proof of ownership is required if the rent is paid to a specific person other than an apartment complex. A financial assessment is conducted on all members of the household to determine the possible amount of assistance. Turn around time for assistance is 7-14 days.
Florida State ID's
ID assistance service is provided for individuals who do not have a Florida ID. This service is only provided on Tuesday mornings. The time required to obtain the ID varies depending on what documentation the individual has. If a birth certificate needs to be applied for then the process is dependent on availability of funds and the requirements of the state that needs to issue the certificate.
Metropolitan Ministries has partnered with a number of charitable organizations in Hillsborough County, Plant City, South County, Pinellas County and Polk County areas to provide hot, balanced and nutritious meals for those individual and families who do not have a home in which to prepare their own meals. Our partner sites serve meals that are prepared from the heart by Metropolitan Ministries' staff.
Prosperity Campaign- Free Income Tax Services
Through the Hillsborough County Prosperity Campaign, we are now providing Free Tax Preparation Services for clients with an income less than $25,000. This service is provided from February through April.
The Uplift U® Program is open to families with children and to single women. As a long-term residency program, stays can range anywhere from 6-18 months depending on your individual needs which are determined during the assessment phase of the program.
You will be required to go through an intake process where you will meet with one of your capable Counselors or Interns. This process will provide you with the necessary information about the program and allow you to make the determination if our program is suited for you and for us to determine if our program is the answer to your needs. There is typically a waiting list for the program and we are committed to further assisting you with immediate emergency needs and referrals to other agencies.
Metropolitan Ministries cooperates with many other agencies and organization. If we know of another agency that has a service that we do not provide, then we will give you a referral to that agency. Please remember that a referral is not a guarantee of services. Each organization has their own requirements and guidelines.
For more information call (813) 209-1200. The Outreach and Prevention Services Department is located at 2301 North Tampa St. Tampa, FL 33602.