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Mission In Citrus Inc

Rating: 4.83 stars   246 reviews 11,528

Nonprofit Issues:

Arts & Culture, Job Training, Food, Homeless & Housing


2488 North Pennsylvania Ave Crystal River FL 34428 USA


Our Mission is to help all in need to the best of our ability. We follow the parable of the Good Samaritan, as there are no requirements for our services. We constantly reinvent the wheel, and adapt quickly to make it work in any situation. The faces of homelessness can change as well as each individual's circumstances. Our founder became homeless himself, and found that traditional shelters were not working, and did not address the needs of the homeless, especially Veterans. This in and of itself was discouraging, as our Veterans fought for the rights of all, not just themselves. The Founder feels that no one should lose those rights by becoming homeless. Many fought and also died for freedom in America. The Mission in Citrus operates on love and a family atmosphere. Veterans, and many others who are homeless are helped regardless of their beliefs or unique situations. Many of the homeless Veterans have given up trusting our society, and have little access to shelter and services in rural settings. Based out of Citrus County, Florida, our program is designed for those who are less than perfect and know it, but want and need health, outreach, spiritual, and social services. We seek to empower homeless Veterans of all ages to meet their own needs. Recognizing the uniqueness,dignity, and value of each person, we accept individuals as they are, in an affirming and compassionate manner, and call upon the larger community to the same mission. The Mission provides basic and self-care supplies, free health care, housing and supportive services for the homeless Veterans that are the hardest to reach, including those who refuse to go into a shelter and live out in the rural wooded areas of our county. The Mission also provides referrals to other community agencies, such as child care providers and legal aid. The Mission in Citrus Inc operates three shelters located in Crystal River, and Inverness, Florida. The Mission In Citrus strives to help all in need - regardless of their faith or lack of. While we encourage, teach, and preach the Gospel, we force it upon no one. It is not a requirement for any of our services. As Founder and Executive Director , I have worked for seven years to improve the help we give to others.That is between God and I. But there are several projects that need to be completed before God takes me home.Most of them concern Veterans, as they are becoming the new face of homelessness each day. In the past two weeks, we have taken in six new Veterans. Not good. I am asking for help in getting them help with disabilities, contacting Congressman,and funding to offer more services. Anyone can visit the shelter at 306 south Park Ave in Inverness at anytime and meet our homeless Veterans. One is a three combat tour Veteran who only gets 30% disability after being shot in the head. It appals me.. Please help. Every little bit counts.God bless


Went from 60 tents to four shelters Opened a Veterans Shelter on less than $ 5000 Operation Mercy Call which uses Jeeps and bikes to access the woods to hand out much needed food and medical supplies, Were awarded over $ 260,000 in grants Were given over $ 750,000 in in kind donations Helped over 3600 homeless individuals and families from food to shelter

Target demographics:

Homeless Veterans,Homeless men, women, and children

Direct beneficiaries per year:


Geographic areas served:

Citrus, Marion, Lake,Levy, Hernando Counties in Florida


Drug and Alcohol treatment Help Hire the homeless program Operation Mercy Call Homeless Veteran's Shelter Disability Shelter

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Rating: 5 stars   Featured Review

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A homeless shelter? A phrase I never imagined in my 54 years of life describing as my residence.
I had a decent middle class life. I left home in New England 1982, enlisted in the United States Air Force, got married, had a child and for 18 years enjoyed being the "Kool-Aid" mom.
2003, changed my serene existance forever.
My husband of 21 years, retired Air Force 1st Sgt, Licensed National Board Certified Mental Health Counselor was arrested for abusing the female inmates he was trusted to help.
He obviously lost his job, license, reputation and will to even try. We divorced a year later, and my daughter graduated high school and left for college. two people out of my family of three were gone, I found a job after a short time, but my stress and coping skills didn't jive. I gave up.
My ex left without looking back, agreed to division of property in court, but fell short of fulfilling that.
I eventually lost my job, then my house. I went to stay with family in Atlanta, but needed to come back to Florida.
The friends I enjoyed at one time, no longer answered messages, phone calls, even face to face visits.
I spent through my savings staying at hotels and even my vehicle. I was homeless.
I tried several places to stay, but the religious requirements and lack of opportunity at these places, to seek employment left me no choice to leave them.
I felt literally at the "end of my rope" Suicidal and despondent.
One more call, the Mission of Citrus.
I was more than welcomed. I was thanked. I served this country in the USAF, and Jim Sleighter wants no vet to ever be without. I had a home.
I contribute no where near what it must take to make this possible for me and other women, vet or not. I can without doubt, help with household chores, cook, clean, seek employment, with the secure feeling of a safe place to live.
My story is abominable to me, but I find myself wondering what is the face of homeless in America? The PTA mom/vet , the young mother with substance issues, the Wall Street banker?
It can happen anytime to anyone. I was more than fortunate to come across the Mission in Citrus. I hope this saving grace of a place can continue to be a save haven for those who fall short and need the "hand up not the hand out". Any agency, private or public that can contribute to help this home help other women like myself, get back out there to normalcy, helps end this homelessness.

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Rating: 5 stars  

They genuinely help everyone who comes in try to get back up on their feet, helping with getting jobs, and getting other help that they need. Everyone is fed and taken care of. Mission in Citrus provides a sense of security to those who are homeless.

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If it were not for the Mission and the staff and volunteers who run it, I would definitely still be out on the streets and most likely be dead.

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One of the best shelters I have ever been to. Very understanding of people and what they are going threw. Very helpful of those who need help the most. Living at the mission has taught me to apply myself more in life in order to meet my goals such as getting a GED, a job, and building a life for myself.

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The Mission in Citrus has been a blessing to me during a difficult time in my life!

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Mission gives me confidence caring love to stay positive and move forward. The support system is great having an address is a big help. Love the families that are here and the dog. Just all around so much support. having bus access right to the doorstep is very helpful

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have a very good time sociable people . having a good time with people and kids makes me feel like im right back in the barracks /service again.

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nice loving family oriented facility accommodate your needs to help find jobs and get on your feet. Would definitely recommend the mission to anybody that needs help for themselves or their family.

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The Mission in Citrus has been a tremendous help to me while going through a very difficult time in my life with personal situations that resulted in being without a home. This help has been vital to me, serving as a bridge while i make the transition to a new life. Hopefully i will be able to support myself in the near future, but since i have became homeless, the Mission has been a tremendous support to me. Just show you are serious about helping yourself, and you will get the help and support you need.

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The Mission in Citrus has been a God-send and a life saver. If it wasn't for The Mission and Jim Sleighter I don't know what I would've done. I do know that I would have been sleeping in the woods somewhere and question if I would even be alive. Jim and the Mission invited me in with open arms and no questions asked, gave me shelter, food, and helped me get set up in school. Since being here my life is turning around and beginning to return to some semblance of normalcy. I am eternally grateful for all that has been done for me and look forward to a close bond with the Mission, Jim, and the residents here.

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