The Force

This time of year is filled with so much hope, nostalgia and promise.

It is a joy to see children grow to be teens and mark such milestones as prom, graduation and even some collegiate athlete signing days.

There is an energy in the air. It is a familiar vibe that calls on us to reminisce about our last days of high school and all the excitement that filled our bellies.

It is a power that fuels the next phase of young adulthood.

It is a force for good.
A Force for Good

That positive energy is what drives the mission of The Portico Cafe, a social enterprise that bridges people transitioning from homelessness, addiction, and incarceration to job training, employment, and connections to safe, affordable housing.

As great of a challenge it may seem for some, it is a task worth undertaking. We accomplish our mission every time someone makes the choice to simply show up.

"Luminous beings we are," and together we harness the power to light a multitude of paths to a promising future.

During this season of celebration and promise, we thank you for being the force for good in every small stride we make in our mission.

You are fueling positive change in our community. May the force continue to be with you.


Chalette M. Davis
Events & Missions
O: 813.222.2299 | M: 813.951.6974
1001 N. Florida Ave., Tampa, FL 33602
Conversation. Connection. Community Change.
Serve Day: Community Meal
Noon Every Second Sunday
The Community Hall
FREE & Open to Public

Immediately after the 10:30 a.m. Sunday Gathering, our monthly meal with folks from the Sunday Gathering and anyone who is hungry or unsheltered.

Set up, serving, clean up, and break down opportunities.

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Florida Emancipation Day
11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday, May 21

On May 20, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation was announced in Tallahassee, FL.

Celebrate this important day with us at Chinsegut Hill Historic Site. Music, reading of the Proclamation, performances, tours, and demonstrations will bring the peaceful grounds of Chinsegut Hill to life.

The event is free and open to the public and hosted by the Tampa History Museum.

House tour tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children.

Questions? Contact Fred Hearns.

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H.O.P.E. Justice Celebration
Monday, May 23, 2022
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
The Portico's Community Hall

This celebration is one of the four major Hillsborough Organization for Equality events throughout the year.

Leaders from the member congregations come together to connect, celebrate victories, and invest in The Justice Ministry.

HOPE welcomes all Justice Ministries AND anyone new is always welcome to join to learn more about the HOPE Justice Ministry.

We're proud to bring this event back to The Portico. Pre-pandemic this event had between 150-200 guests in attendance.

Join us!

FMI contact Kaitlyn at H.O.P.E.

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8 a.m. - 2 p.m. Tuesdays - Friday

Coffee On A Mission

As of Wednesday, March 4: 6 Bags Sold 

The Mission: 100 Bags in 30 Days 

The Coffee: Locally-roasted Portico Blends and Don Carlos Espresso

The Cause: Stand against homelessness with every gift or purchase.

Buy, give or donate at:

We ship ANYWHERE in the U.S. coast to coast ($5 delivery in Hills. Co.). 
Menu Items:
Morning Cuban 
Breakfast Burrito
Avocado Toast
Cuban Toast
Turkey Club
Portico Cuban

Full Menu
Every time you give or make a purchase at The Cafe, you bring us closer to our goal to bring back a fully operational cafe with a mission: to help the formerly addicted and homeless onto employment ladders and into safe affordable housing.
Yoga Mondays
Community Yoga
5:30p.m. Mondays
The Community Hall
FREE & Open to Public

Midday Meditation
12:30 p.m. Tuesdays
The Henderson Chapel

Refresh your soul and connect with The Divine during this brief mediation practice each Tuesday.

Join us Tuesdays in The Portico's Henderson Chapel.

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Book one of our small meeting rooms for business meetings and small gatherings.

The Board Room, our newly renovated space, was designed exclusively for business-style meetings. It is one of six meeting/event spaces currently available to suit your small gathering needs (30 persons or less).

Book your meeting now at

6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 10 | Rise: 12 Steps with Jesus

For more info on upcoming events, visit

The Portico | 1001 N. Florida Avenue | 813.222.2299 |