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.

Portico Housing Solutions bridges men from homelessness to transformation through safe housing, mentoring, and Christ-based support. These men are a part of our spiritual community.

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

We are an unconventional church focused on conversation, meditation, justice, and serving the underserved

Where we engage in advocacy & justice efforts in our community through groups and partnerships

We create community change through our homelessness and recovery initiatives

We practice contemplation and reflection through art, meditation, and yoga


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.



2022 Tampa Bay Lightning Community Hero Justin LaRosa

Justin LaRosa, the minister and director of The Portico, was named Community Hero by the NHL Tampa Bay Lightning in 2022 for his leadership and dedication of the betterment of the Tampa community. The award came with a $50,000 grant, which went toward furthering the Portico mission.

2017 Children's Board of Hillsborough County Business Plan Winner

The Portico Cafe was recognized by the Children's Board of Hillsborough County in its first year of operation for its unique and mission-driven business plan.

Habitat for Humanity 2022 Volunteer Team of the Year

The Portico was recognized in 2022 for "superior performance and dedication to Habitat for Humanity's mission". We are grateful to Habitat for this recognition and for what they have done for members of our own community!

Meet the Team

Justin LaRosa

Minister and Director

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The Portico Cafe Manager

Lizzy Blair

Missions & Events Coordinator

Bob Douglass


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Shalandra Rijo


Deb Richards

Portico Nursery/Kids

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Jerome Clemens


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Lorenzo Hart

Facilities Manager