The Portico is a community gathering space committed to impacting homelessness in our community and enhancing the social, artistic and spiritual fabric of Tampa through conversation, connection and community change. The Portico Cafe is our social enterprise. We are a downtown community of Hyde Park United Methodist.




We are transforming ourselves, the city and the world through conversation, connection and community change.



Our church is different. Not better, different. We are people seeking spiritual connection and who are making a difference in the city and community. 



We strive to build relationships through groups. Our groups engage people in important conversation, spiritual practices, and service to the city and the world that address equality, housing insecurity, and economic challenge.



Through our many art initiatives, we work to enhance the social, spiritual, and artistic fabric of Downtown Tampa



The Portico’s Community Hall
“For the Love of the City” Mural
Homeless Memorial 2020



Our church community is for people seeking

spiritual connection in a non-traditional church

setting, for those not interested in or

dissatisfied with traditional church expressions,

and for those who want to make a difference in

the community and put God’s real love in


The Portico Café

The Portico Café is a social enterprise that offers people transitioning from homelessness, addiction, and incarceration job training, employment ladders, and connections to safe, affordable housing.


The “Homeless Jesus” sculpture under the breezeway of The Portico is a visual reminder of the “least of these” in our society. It reflects our commitment to enhancing the social, artistic and spiritual fabric of Tampa.


The three-story-tall art mural “For Love of THIS City” at The Portico displays in vivid imagery and color the natural beauty, rich history and diverse communities of Tampa. The mural is a collaborative creation by Illsol – artists Michelle Sawyer and Tony Krol. View it on the south wall of the Branscomb Building, just north of the Henderson Chapel.

Innovative, creative worship experiences attract those looking for a less traditional approach to their faith. Community projects, a missional coffee shop, artist gatherings, porch parties and discussion are just a few of the offerings you will find in this community of open-minded and warm-heartened followers of Christ.

Photo: The Rev. Justin LaRosa - structured

The Rev. Justin LaRosa

Minister, The Portico