The Portico is an entire city block in downtown Tampa. It includes a social enterprise (Portico Café), spaces to meet and work on the 2nd and 3rd floors, a historic chapel, and The Community Hall event space for the public. We enhance the social, artistic, and spiritual fabric of Tampa through Conversation, Connection, and Community Change!                                                                                                                                                                      The Portico Spiritual Community is a non-conventional church whose mission is to make God’s Love Real through spiritual practices and to serve the city and world in ways that address equality, housing insecurity, and economic challenge. We are a community of Hyde Park United Methodist.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           The Portico Cafe is a social enterprise that offers people transitioning from homelessness, addiction, and incarceration--job training, employment ladders, and connections to safe, affordable housing. 

where every cup and space rental supports our homeless initiatives

serve in tangible ways & engage in efforts to raise awareness
 Engage in advocacy & justice efforts in our community
hub for local artists that gives voice & expression to important societal issues
Non-conventional church focused on spiritual practices, homelessness, justice, & the underserved

Transforming ourselves, the city and the world through conversation, connection and community change.


We offer gathering spaces, an event venue and a historic chapel.

Not-for-profit groups, festivals, art exhibits, concerts, social interest groups and community service projects.


A place where people can be unafraid to lower their guard, be authentic with each other, and talk about God in new ways.


Breathing space amidst the noise and busyness of life, inviting connection to God and each other through silence and meditation.

Community Change

Engaging individuals in serving to make a difference in the community and the world.


Conversations are encouraged.

2nd Sunday Gathering at 10:30 a.m. and weekly meditation in the Chapel at 12:15 p.m. Tuesdays and 7:15 p.m. Wednesdays.

Meet the Team

The Rev. Justin LaRosa

Minister and Director
Ext. 404


The Portico Cafe Manager

Bob Douglass

The Portico Administrator
Ext. 403