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 missional church community where justice, restoration, and conversation are put into action. We build relationships through a weekly breakfast that serves the hungry, a network of small groups, meditation gatherings, meeting spaces including a missional cafe that impacts homelessness and addiction, and a unique worship experience called The 1001 Gathering. The 1001 Gathering meets on Sundays at 10:01 a.m. at 1001 N. Florida Ave. 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.

Partnership with Portico Housing Solutions, Inc. (PHS). PHS bridges men from homelessness to transformation through safe housing, mentoring, and Christ-based support. The men are a part of the spiritual community.

A social enterprise where every cup and space rental supports our homelessness initiatives

Where we serve in tangible ways & engage in efforts to raise awareness of homelessness

Where we engage in advocacy & justice efforts in our community

We are a hub for local artists that gives voice & expression to important societal issues and a space to explore the healing power of art and creativity

We are an unconventional church focused on conversation, meditation, justice, & serving 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.

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


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


We are a breathing space amidst the noise and busyness of life, inviting connection to God and each other through silence and meditation.

Community Change

We engage individuals in service to make a difference in the community and the world.


Conversations are encouraged.

1001 Gathering at 10:01 a.m. and weekly meditation in the Chapel at 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. 

Meet the Team

Justin LaRosa

Minister and Director
Ext. 404


Missions & Events


Missions & Events


Portico Nursery/Kids


The Portico Cafe Manager

Bob Douglass

The Portico Administrator
Ext. 403