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November 15, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
November 15, 2011

My name is Edmanuel Claudio and I have been a resident in the Va shelter for almost a year. I arrived from Orlando after trying to find a place to stay there with no results I emailed Jim to see if he had a place for me and he welcomed me to stay. If it wasnt for this I wouldve been on the streets.

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November 11, 2011

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November 11, 2011

Hi my name is John and i served in the coast guard so was put at the veterens shelter in inverness. I came to be here due to heart and health problems. The staff was both kind and understanding and helped me to get the medical attention that I needed. If it wasnt for the misson in Citrus I would probably have had a stroke or be dead. They are also helping me get back on my feet.

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This organization has helped me in many ways. Both by getting the medical attention I Needed and getting the services I needed to get back on my feet.

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Get the word out that there are places that can and will help. I found this place by accident

November 11, 2011

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November 11, 2011

Hi my name is Jacob Louden and i served in the army for 4 years. I called around for places so i can stay to get on my feet but no one would take me besides the mission in citrus. If it wasnt for jim i dont know where i would be. he has heped me out alot esp when my wife has a baby on the way he has given us alot of stuff or we wouldnt have anything for him.

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That no matter how many people come back for the second time he will never turn down anyone

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not make any cause this place helped me out and would definitly help other people out too

November 11, 2011

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November 11, 2011

I am well pleased with this veteran shelter because I would be living in the woods right now if places like this weren't around. Since my stay here in this "family like" environment, I haven't been so depressed. I am also grateful and in better health thanks to the shelters services such as the meals, showers, television, and my bed.

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All in all this shelter has helped me to get out of a hole and on my feet. I'm now able to find work and stay out of the street because of this shelter.

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I would get more food donations, and provide easier access to transportation.

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How did you find this group?

A sheriff recommended the mission shelter, then from there Jim recommeded this V.A. shelter. So I came here and am still getting better every day, and soon I'll be able to be independent once again.

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

No change, just encouraged to accomplish goals daily in order to better myself and support my daughter.

July 18, 2011

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July 18, 2011

My name is Chanell McCord, I've been here at the Mission for almost two years, this November and this is my story. I have been from place to place starting from my parents house. It was a loving environment don't get me wrong but it was also controlling, I wanted to do my own thing and make my own niche in the world. I had moved from my parents place to a friend of mine and they threw me out over something stupid. Transportation from work at 3 am. So I found a place that was a room for rent and I was all excited because I had my own room. I had a job at Burger King, I had that job for three and a half years. I got fired for calling out sick when I was sick. I had the stomach flu that was going around in 2009. The manager at the time said to call in two people and get a doctors note, I told her that I had just woke up with a mess in my bed. I had offered to come in the next day she said no come in on Monday and see if you are on the schedule. So I came in the store and she then said come in on Friday. So I did, she then said where is your uniform, I said it is in the car she said get it and I'll give you your last check now get out. That was basically what she said so i no longer had a job. So then I was jobless and getting ready to be put out of the room that i had rented. By that time I had met my fiance Tim, he had rented a room that was across hall from me. He had offered to move out of his room and move into mine and we pay only one rent instead of two. Well the landlord did not like inter-racial couples so he threw us both out. Tim was the one who told me about The Mission and that was where he was staying. While I went back to my parents, I didn't even last a full week when they threw me out again. I'm not on any drugs or drinking any alcohol I'm clean as a whisle. So Tim and I stayed at a hotel till we ran out of money and we both went to the Mission. I was so terrified at the thought of being homeless and upset about my own parents not even wanting to take me back in when I was willing to look for a job and go back to school to obtain my GED. The Mission was so helpful and loving it was like joining a big family of course there will always be problems but they're small. Jim is like the Big Daddy of it all. I was there when he opened the Vet Shelter for the Vets. I help out as much as I can and when i had found out that I was pregnant, Jim was even more helpful in making sure that I had gotten to all my appointments. Helped getting the items that I needed for the baby. Now that I have my baby they are even more helpful. But when I leave I'll never really leave because I will still keep in touch. Even though The Mission is a homeless shelter this will always be home.

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keeping my spirits up and learn to ask for help when I needed it. The people at the Mission are willing to help but you have to help yourself in order to get help.

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do nothing it changes on its own but i would help either way

July 18, 2011
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Review from Guidestar
July 18, 2011
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My experience with Mission in Citrus Inc. is as a homeless resident. I came to hear about Mission in Citrus from a former resident. This was in December 2010 and i still reside today. I came here with only a few clothes in a small backpack. No job, no money, and definately no hope. Not in myself or even hope of landing a decent job to get my life back. Or what i thought was a life. How can one enjoy life when they continuously walk around in an alcoholic haze? There was a time that i would tell a tale of bad luck. Anything to get the root of the problem off my shoulders. People in AA call this denial or the blame game. Truth is I am an alcoholic of the worst kind, to top that off i have, in the past, never held myself accountable for my drinking. Not even with all the legal trouble. Never seeing the real wrongs that i did to myself and the people who let me in their lives. Then i arrived at Mission in Citrus only to see that a change was sorely in need.
After being here for a while, spending time with Betsy, (the assistant director) And seeing what it is that Jim and his staff are trying to do for people like me as well as so many others, it is very hard to continue on the destructive path i was on. I have, even here. To this day I cannot see what it is that Jim saw in me to keep me here til i got myself staight. Honestly? Jim could have kicked me out a few times, i also could have left as well, which i have. But he didn't and something kept bringing me back. Jim and Betsy will give all the credit to God. they always say that He really runs the Mission. I am definately coming around to the thing i always called "the faith thing". What i have seen in the last few months. I can see the validity of faith and how it does work if you only try it. Only when i came around and turned to faith did i get a job, stop drinking, (only briefly but still working on it) and now looking to do something to help those in my position. Give back something of myself to others, give back ANYTHING for a lifetime of selfishness.
Upon seeing the amazing things that have happend here (even in my short residency) i know all things are possible. With God of coarse, and with people that actually care about the forgotten, the abused, the broken. We all have our pasts they are all different, but they all ultimately led us here. Ony to be healed, fixed, and loved like family. It will take awhile for me to get in a position to do some good. Obviously i can't do anything for other alcoholics for i would not trust myself without at least a year of sobriety. but it is a good goal that might be possible some day. However, in the mean time, i can continue to work, and do the best that i can for my new family. Even if it is just doing what i am told to help out, or simply staying sober.
As a matter of fact this story is my first attempt at helping out with the inner workings of Mission in Citrus. This is a homeless shelter and even when it is that i get out and into my next appartment or home, i want to, and will be here to help any chance i get!! Simply stated this is the best home i have ever known, and the best family.

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The knowledge that sobriety is possible. All wih love, kindness, and support.

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get the word out in a larger web site, local newspapers, etc.

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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?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

July 3, 2011

This group has used our donations in an extremely frugal way to help as many clients as possible on so little. I'm convinced that my donation is serving the most people because of its low overhead.

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hearing first-hand of how my money was used to help others

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provide more funds

June 13, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
June 13, 2011

i have been in this homeless shelter for a few weeks now and so far i love it here. i became homeless after my father got arrested for protecting my family from my older brother. after he got arrested the people whom we were staying with decided to kick us out. after that we made the decision to come here and i personally think it was the best decision we have made in a long time. now my father is still in jail but jim,bless his soul, was kind enough to let my dad come here after he gets out of jail. ever since i moved in here with my mom and my little brother the people here have treated us with so much respect and they didn't down grade us at all. i think mainly because they know the situation my family and i are in... i just want to honestly say that i am grateful for the mission in citurs homeless shetler.

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i have realized that since i have been here that the people here are caring, kind, and helpful.

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i honestly wouldn't change a thing if i had a choice to do it or not.

June 13, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
June 13, 2011

i became homeless at the age of 18 and now livin with my boyfriend thanks to jim. if it wasnt for jim i wouldnt be here today he has saved my life so many times and i thank him for that. when u come into this shelter he helps people out with anything they need. doesnt matter what it is.

























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i have experienced in this shelter that this is the best one out there.u need any help jim would help u even if its food or clothes or even a shower

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To be honest with u i wouldnt change one thing of this place. this is a place u can get on ur feet again

June 1, 2011

The Mission in Citrus has helped me a great deal. I am endebted to Jim the director. The man has helped me a great deal. And if it wasn't for the mission, I don't know where I'd be today. I am truly thankful

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by being shown the love

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an actual proram for alcoholics and drug addicts that works in this county

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