The Path of Citrus County, Inc.

Rating: 4.32 stars   25 reviews

Issues: Food, Homeless & Housing, Human Services, Religion

Location: PO Box 3024 Inverness FL 34451 USA

Mission: Our churches and organizations are overwhelmed with calls, year in and out for displaced people. Housing that the working class sector can afford has shrunk to an all time low. In order to help with the situation and yet teach life changing attributes and knowing that retrofitting an existing building is as expensive as building new, we have set out to build a concrete building to withstand hurricanes and yet help people in need of shelter or food.
Programs: We have opened three homes, one for women and children, and two for men. We still have some thrift operations to gain revenue. We are continuing with grant proposals and are still planning to build a large shelter that is hurricane resistant. We have several offerings of free clothing and furniture to the poor as well as offering referals. We now have a farm to grow organic food for the homeless and a bargain store where clients can perform community service and give the local poor excess products or furniture.

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Rating: 1 stars  

from russia with love if you are supposed to be a christian organization why are residents from your shelter being turned away because they cant work. the bible states we are to help everybody.even if they cant work in a field picking vegatables that are not organic to working in your two stores.if you have 500,000 a year were is it going it sure aint going to the homeless

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

remove the staff and replace them with people that follow the bible

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

No

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Some

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007

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your personal secratarys husband , mr brian lindke arrested on capital sexual battery charges, you forced kristi to marry that in human monster,back when i was a resident. she was told marry him or your fierd.now that poor girl was faced with brian beating her up,the kids put in danger the deputys at her house all the time. and that poor girl crying her heart out for help to you but all she got was her husband shipped of to the sanctuary in homossasa where he was around children,what wre u thinking, he had a very extensive criminal background anyways. now sexual battery directly tied to your organization. u cant hide from this one

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

None

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

No

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Badly

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

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duwayne threw me out on the street like a piece of trash.after i gave his shelter 10 months of my life.i worked for the man for nothing he took 20 percent of my money,the bible says 10 percent.my family showed up to visit and i was told i would be thrown out if they didnt make an appt.this was my dad who was dying of cancer. why are we all happier at other shelters where we dont get religion jammed down our throats 24/7 . think twice before you want the paths help from a former client who is sad to say i stayed there

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

none helped me

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

get rid of the director

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2 people found this review helpful

I was a client at The Path and they assisted me in a multitude of ways. It was a blessing as I was introduced to a new family of friends and Christians. The most beneficial aspect of The Path was the introduction of biblical teaching and the direct application of these as related to my recovery. With the strong leadership of mentors of different skills I was able to grow and heal from the inside out.

I'm now a productive citizen again and have healed many lost and broken relationships due to the redeeming salvation that Chris gave me. I was in a loving environment and was able to grow as a new man of God. I wish them continued success and recommend their services to anyone finding themselves without a place to call home

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Allow trusted clients the privileges of television and personal cellphone usage.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I was introduced to the Path through the VFW. I was in desperate need of not only a place to feel comfortable, but how to focus on having a relationship with God. The Path provided everything a man could ask for including excellent guidance towards a communication with God and feeling spiritually fit. also, having a survival skill with him.

Thank God for the Path,
Roger W. Christenbery

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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The Path has a been a very wonderful experience that for anyone for is reading this, if you want to experience the Lord, then come to the Path and you will experience a lifetime of fellowship with the Lord that will grow in you and change your life forever. As far as my experience, i always had God in me, but when I was accepted here, I came to know God better, I experienced Him more, I experienced speaking in tongues. The people here (staff) they are wonderful. they will put blessings in your life and help you out. If you do right like you are supposed to you will end up on the right path and not the old wicked path. Just ask the staff for help and they will help you and it will comfort you to where you think you want to leave, but they will help you to realize when you are really ready to leave. Thanks to God my heart is better, my knowledge is better,I got my CDL license, I got a great job opportunity, and please remember me in your prayers. All of ya'll have been real great. I am thankful for the times I had with you. You have been a mentor to me. I have enjoyed my time with each and everyone of ya'll. So with all love keep God with all of ya'll and if you are ever in doubt go to Him in prayer, and He will bless you always. I thank God for the time I've had here, especially the people, the staff and leaders for the time I have been here. So in closing, God bless ya'll! And I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

This is a letter that was recently brought to my attention. I am transcribing it as it as written: " Hi, my name is Erik there is something I would like to share with y'all. I was a very lost person, about seven weeks ago. I did not really know the Lord and how great He was. Until I found a wonderful places, and even better people who really helped me learn about the Lord and the wonderful things He is capable of doing, if you believe, praise, and ask Him. I was blessed by the fact that the Path had an open bed when I tried to get in there. If you do not know about the Path, it is a great place, and program to help people out no matter what it is they are going threw. We all have hard times, now and then some worse than others. And sometimes we need some extra help to work threw these times. And the people at the Path were right there to help. The staff and clients have made a major difference in my life, and how I look at the Lord and this world we all live in. Some people are luckey to have family and friend to help them through the tough times. But sometimes that is not enough to do the job. That is why I am so thankful that the Path's staff and clients were there, they understood what I was going through, and some had already done the things that I was doing, so it was a real big help to talk to people that knew about what was happening in my life. I now know the Lord as my Savoure and I know I will still have trials and tribunes but I now know the Lord will be there to help me through any thing that may come my way. As long as I still praise and believe in Him He will be there for me and I know the friends I made at the Path will be there to help me as I will them. I have the Lord and the Path to thank for this piece of mind that I have finally found, and I know that the Lord and the Path are always to help me no matter what happens. They say "threw the Lord anything can happen" and it has for me."

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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This is a letter the Path of Citrus County recently received from a former client who is currently incarcerated.......it is placed here AS WRITTEN: "Mr. DuWayne, Bob..... I just wanted to take some time to thank you bouth for helping me. You changed my hole life. You to have ben a big part of how I found god and now I have a future through god my walk with Jesus is stronger and stronger each day thanks to you to that took time out to show me the way.Thank you. I hold my head up and smile even in prison I have christ in my heart so that makes me feel free on the inside. I go to school and I am in bible classes as well. I work as a baber in my free time (we believe he meant barber) I have started a christ first on the inside it's a bible encoragement transformatishion bible class. I never thought I wood be sharing god's word at all and now I have god in my heart I can't stop talking about him.. Like in prov. 3.5 thust the Lord with all your heart, and I do. Thank you Bob 4 never giveing up on me and seeing the real me. god bless you for all you did. and Duwayne where do I start you have done so much for me you took me in you gave me hope you gave me life you helped me prosper in god's ways thank you. you bouth are godlee men that dont get thanked a nuff but god see's your hearts and i did to thank you. and thank god and the path. "

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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I am not just a volunteer, but also an employee with this organization. I do want to make it clear so no one will think I am being dishonest. I love this organization, and I thank God it came into my life. It has helped me to grow not just as a human on this earth, but as a mother, as a wife, a daughter, and a Christian. I have the opportunity to meet people everyday whom society has decided to sweep under the rug. I talk to them, hold their hands while they cry, help them make sense of some of the chaos in their lives. We pour our hearts and our souls into the people whom God sends to our doorstep. If we didn't, we would be disrespecting God. God made myself and my fellow workers and employees to do this kind of ministry. We have a heart for it. I, personally, try to live and breath in God. If I didn't, I would be right back to where I was 5 years ago, and I don't ever want to look back. Sometimes I fail, and I stumble, but being here helps me pick the pieces right back up and keeep going. I am inspired by our Guests here @ the Path. When I go home, my mind often stays, our guests anguish is my anguish. I am often thinking of things I can come up with to help them, praying to God to give me the knowledge so that He can use me as a tool to help. I believe I have been placed here for the same reason our guests have. I have been here for 4 years. I know every face and every story of every guest who has ever graced our doorstep, even if it is only for one night. Your lives fill my heart, I ache and cry for you, and I rejoice in your happiness. In regards to the earliest comment placed on here, I find it extremely difficult to believe that it was truly placed by a former guest. I am here day in and day out. I know the stories, and I know what occurs here on a daily basis. It appears to me that someone has taken bits and pieces of several Guests stories, and tried to piece it together to make it their own. For the person who actually placed the comment, I am so sorry that you have gone through such pain in your life that you feel the need to personally attack this Mission. I pray for you, and love on you, not just because it is biblical, but because you need it. There is so much anger in your words, even those words that are not yours to tell. We are a voluntary program, our guests are free to leave at any time. For someone to have stayed here for 10 months, they must have felt the love we had to give. And to have found work in Citrus County and become employed in order to have met the requirement to have paid the 20 % program fee? Hallelujah! Yes, God requires the tither to pay the church 10%, and the landlord requires the tenat to pay 33% +. We are neither. We simply require for those (and only those) who have income to pay a 20% program fee. This is to teach our clients to budget and prepare them to reenter society. You see, we do not simply cloth and feed here. We are a full program, our goal is to teach our guests important life skills so that when they leave, they never have to come back. We nurture and guide our guests, everything we have to teach is biblical, but it is completely up to them as to whether or not they want to receive it. Nothing is ever forced, and no one is ever thrown out. We sit with each client at their exit time and come up with placement, transportation (if necessary), and have even paid for temporary housing until a permanent solution comes up. Again, even this is voluntary. If a person chooses not to accept a gift, you cannot force them to take it. I continue to pray for all of those who have been with us, past, present and future. " Give a man a fish, he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish, he will eat for a lifetime. If the man refuses to eat or learn, pray."

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

so many ways. It has been such a blessing to have found God's purpose for me. We rejoice in the small things ( example: a new photo ID, a new pair of shoes, a learned recipe), and we rejoice in the big things ( example: getting a driver's license back, getting a CNA license, keys to new home, getting custody of your kids back). You wouldn't believe how wonderful it is to be surrounded by all this love!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make it bigger! I would do so much more! If there were more funds we could expand further in the realms of Emergency and Transistional phasing, helping clients further along, following up with them after they have graduated, oh, there is so much we could do!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

They are on the right track, keep steady!

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

More ways that any of us will ever fully know!

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Like I am surrounded by the love of God!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

The path is a great recovery program.The staff are dedicated and motivated in helping clients restore there lives.The staff will make you take full owner ship of your life and hold you accountable for your actions.In all this is a great life recovery program.respectfully your Aaron P.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

i think the path is a christ blessed place that for anyone that is seeking Christ and help from addictions and real love through Christ it is the place for it is a great program for those who seek truth in self and Christ God bless

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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This program has been a blessing to me. I was in a severe state of need when I came here. But through the Path, God was able to sustain and bless me with the kind people who work here at the Path. They were able to assist me with all my needs, with a loving and Christian atmosphere to boot. I thank God for this place and I pray that God continues to bless other through the Path. Sincerely, Leroy.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 4 stars  

I just finished reading all the reviews for The Path and after reading some of the posts I felt inclined and moved by the Spirit to write what I know from my time at The Path. First of all the situation is not black and white, some people who work there truly wish to help people and are driven by the Lord himself but no organization is perfect. I am sorry to say that it is my opinion that the director is not genuine. He is simply full of himself and he may help people but he is definately doing it for the wrong reasons. Like his weekly bible studies he gives at his own personal church. It is nothing but a big show where he demands that the residents cow down to him and he takes this time to belittle and embarrass people he doesnt care for. As for the Kristy situation, I feel sorry for her and she means well but it is true that she was forced to marry that guy or be fired, I'm sorry Kristy but you know it is true and at the time I was there he was on drugs, not at first but after I was there a month or so and it truly broke Kristy's heart and I am sorry to hear that things got worse for her and her family. Her children are good kids and a reflection of their mothers love. Rebecca loved her, she was a good counselor a little pushy but in a good way. I do not regret my time at The Path, I felt cared about and I was able to really make a solid connection with Jesus and I could feel his love. I did not care for the double standard, in the womens house we where on lock down and on constant video survalliance. Where the guys had two houses one for newbees and one for 90 days or more and they had no cameras and I know for a fact that the men drank, snuck out. This one guy hide the fact that he had a bank account and recieved a direct deposit of 412.00 dollars a month for an annuity and his parents hid it from The Path and they are the ones that brought him there. He has a cell phone and went to the plaza down the street and played those video gambling machines and blew all his money. He was an idiot. Also the problem was they would throw you out if you talked to the opposite sex but they put us together daily. Work, church, bible study. It was impossible not to develop friendships with the members of the opposite sex and I allowed myself to be influenced by a jerk when I was working my problem perfectly. I know regret this, but anyway back to The Path itself, It is a safe, clean loving place to go if you truly want to help yourself. It is not over crowded like The Mission and they do tell you you can stay as long as you want as long as you follow the rules. I would definately recommend The Path over being homeless and using drugs and flushing your life down the drain. In case the staff has figured out who I am I would like you all to know that I long ago got rid of the idiot that caused my departure. I am no longer homless, I have reunited with my family, got my nursing license renewed and my drivers license. I had the thyroid surgery I needed. I am currently being treated by a wonderful doctor and my health has greatly improved. I took an LPN refresher course and will soon be returning to nursing. I have remained clean for over 2 years now. I still have a close bond with Jesus and I am truly happy. God Bless you all. I dont know why you all or duwayne tried to keep me from getting my nursing license, if it wasnt for that I would have been perfectly happy to stay there. It was not yalls decision to make and you should think about that the next time. After I left I wanted to come back what was I thinking hooking up with that looser, oh and I really did not sleep with him kristy. I dont care if you believe me or not because God and I know the truth. I was just lonely and hurting over my husbands death and he gave me money to get my drivers licensed renewed online at the library and he was helping me renew my nurisng license so I thought he was nice, but he wasnt he was crazy and he said he wanted to kill his parents. I am not gossiping I am saying this to warn other girls who might fall prey to they same kind of guy while trying to get help for themselves. Thank you for everything you did for me Rebecca. I love you and Bob too.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

keeping my life on the right tract.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Hire a new director, like maybe Bob. I would keep the men and women more seperate.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Quite well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

How did you find this group?

Called the Dawn Center and they referred me.

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

Love and Honesty.

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This comment is sadly directed at hillb6, once again. It is truly a sad thing that you keep coming on here and misrepresenting yourself. You appear to have some empathy towards me personally in your comments, and I appreciate that, but do you speak out of a caring for myself and the welfare of my children, or out of hatred for someone else? When you have hate in your heart it makes you act irrationally, and I believe this is what is happening here. I shouldn't have to defend my reasons for marrying my husband, but I will. And there was never at anytime any pressure on me from outside sources to marry him. I married him out of love and out of respect for the Lord. I wanted to honor Him with my actions, to have that marraige covenant. You speak of my relationship with him as if it were nothing but abuse, and that too is untrue. Yes, my husband had an extensive background, mostly due to a serious drug and alcohol addiction. Never were there any charges or behavior to indicate that he could possibly be capable of the crimes to which he is currently awaiting trial for. If so, I would never have allowed him in my home. He was never a client at the Path, and he went to seek help from the Sanctuary when he was trying to put the pieces of his life back together. No one ever "shipped" him there, and why should he not seek help and guidance? Did you not seek it somewhere? Have you not made mistakes in your life that someone tried to help you with or give you a second chance? There was never a reason to be concerned with him around children. This is the first charge he has ever had in his life against a child, and God and Judge Howard will certainly hold him accountable if he is found to be guilty. The Path is not tainted by this, and should not be, it in no way reflects the work that is done there. The fact that you would even try to tie the two together speaks volumes about the character that you represent. If you truly werre a client at the time I was married, you attended my wedding, and you saw the happiness in my eyes, you saw the adoration in his. We are not perfect people, but we thought we had found happiness. You have made this a personal attack, and I find this very disenheartening. I will continue to pray for you, whoever you are. And I would also like to say that my opinions expressed will never change, no matter if I am still the "Office Manager" or not. We are run by God, not personal feelings, and I will always stand by that.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

so many ways! This agency has helped me deepen my walk with Christ, help me maintain my own sobriety and freeness from past addicitions. It has helped me to get through all the "bumps" in my personal life.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Expand and make it grow. Expand the number of services we offer our clients.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

Nothing, I am very satisfied with this agency!

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

I have grown in many different ways since coming to the Path to work.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Like I was doing God's work and making him proud.

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