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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 four shelters located in Crystal River, Floral City, 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 six years to help all in need with zero pay. 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 for money for their shelter which needs improvements or will be shut down. And that will be a tragedy. 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 $ 100,000 in grants Were given over $ 150,000 in in kind donations Helped over 3600 homeless individuals and families from food to shelter

Target demographics:

Homeless Veterans,Homeless men, women, and children

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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

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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My name is diane, wow, what the mission is to me, and what they have done for me. This place shows love, comforting arms, and the feeling that I am somebody and I do have something to offer to society. I am a single parent that endured a lot some my own mistakes and some I had no control over. I came to the mission a few years ago went to a program to better my life, since then I have maintaned a job and got a car paid for and most important thing of all, i was reunited with my daughter three years ago. She is now nine years old. I can say at the beginning my faith had run dry, I am so grateful for jim who I call papa. This wondeful man built my cnfidence and most of restored my faith. thank you papa. Your heart is so huge you have put your life on hold to help others. There should be an award for your faith in all of us. Thank you for eveything the mission in citrus. God bless to all of you.

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i got introduced to the mission by friends. Most of the people here are nice & appreciative. This is a good place to be & i'm glad to have found it. I would definitely recommend The Mission to anyone else who was in need of housing as long as they wouldn't take it for granted & were willing to get their lives in order. The people are good to be around & well appreciated.

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when the cops told me about this place i said i will like it this place is helping me out and if my friends were just like me i wood tell them about this place they are so nice here i think they will like it to they help alot here when you are down and sad

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i moved to Florida in January of 2015. i was scared and felt very alone at first. we stayed at my mom's friend's house for a while, maybe two or three weeks and then we had to leave. i was terrified, we had no money, no jobs, and nowhere to go. we bounced around from shelter to shelter for a while and then we found the mission in citrus in April. we weren't residents of citrus county but we were still taken in and almost immediately, i stopped feeling lonely for the first time since we moved to Florida. everyone was extremely friendly and kind and we all just kind of came together and formed a family. we support each other here and if anyone is sad or afraid, it won't be long before they'll be wrapped in a suffocating hug. if anyone were to come upon my situation, i would definitely recommend that they call the mission in citrus.

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I came to the missions about a month ago after moving place to place and getting tried of having no where to go but finding the missions was a Godsent the missions gives you the drive to succeed with having positive people around you and giving prayer an guidance and the motivation and the mission gets you prepared you to get back into the real world I give thanks to the missions founder and staff I wouldn't know where I would be the missions is an incredible place I am grateful an blessed thank you missions

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I came across the Mission in Citrus two years ago when I was thrown out of my parents and only stayed for three days. Two years later I was staying with a friend but was asked to leave and my step dad brought me back to the Mission. I think its a great place to stay speaking as a Veteran. They have provided me with a place to stay with food to eat and donations of clothes and food for me to choose from. I would recommend this place to anyone who needs a place to stay because they have people here that are willing to help you get a job and back on your feet. And they people are easy to get along with.

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I was refered here from another shelter, in another county. I was definitely scared when I first got here. However, all the women try to keep the house functioning like a family. If I wasn't allowed to come here, I'm not sure where my children & I would b now. The information & help with getting the things I need has been beyond what I expected. I'm most grateful that I was allowed to be here.

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The mission has brought me a long ways. It made me start believing in myself! Without Jim and Katherina this place would never be the same! They are helping me get into my own place so that I can be more independent.

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I just would love the mission in citrus. They helped me get off the streets give me a warm bed to sleep in the roof over my head and food in my belly.people are great they're very respectful there are more programs to offer more things for me.

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I came here with the clothes on my back nowhere to go and no where to stay. I was given a place to stay food to eat and a roof over my head. I am very grateful for their generosity here. I even got sick and had to go stay in a nursing home for a while and then I was allowed to come back I had no place to go at this time either. If it wasn't for the help of the mission in citrus I would have been living in the woods after just getting out of rehab. I would most definitely recommend this place to anyone else

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