St. Mark’s in Tampa Provides Financial Grants to Three Local Non-Profit Organizations

CITRUS PARK — St. Mark’s Episcopal Church recently awarded three nonprofit groups $2,000 grants in support of their ongoing efforts in the community.

The grants were awarded to Mr. Bubblez, a nonprofit organization that offers mobile showers, clothing and hygiene products, to homeless individuals in Tampa Bay (.

Another recipient is Dawning Family Services, which provides housing stability to families and other services (

Also receiving a grant was Community Roots Collective, a nonprofit that supports Tampa Bay families through education, other resources and love (

The grant program is funded through profits from St. Mark’s Thrift Store, which is located on the church property on Cain Road, off Gunn Highway. The Thrift Store was opened a year ago to provide low-cost items to those in need in the community. Each year, the program will share in the Store’s profits by offering grants to community nonprofit organizations in need of financial assistance though an application process. The Thrift Store is open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

The Rev. Robert C. Douglas, St. Mark’s Rector, said church members are grateful for the opportunity to come alongside these missions to our community.

“We know we cannot be all things to all people but we can support complimentary missions and those that are doing good works in our community. I could not be more proud of how our community of faith is broadening our reach into the greater Tampa Bay Area.”


Photo Caption:

Members of Tampa’s St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Jan Houser (from left), Laura Jeanne Johnson and The Rev. Robert C. Douglas, church rector, presented a $2,000 check to Amanda Ruiz of Community Roots Collective as part of the church’s grant program to help local nonprofit organizations in their efforts in the community. Some children from the program look on.