MISSION IN CITRUS INC

Rating: 4.8 stars   209 reviews

Issues: Job Training, Food, Homeless & Housing

Location: 2488 North Pennsylvania Ave Crystal River FL 34428 USA

Mission: 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
Results: 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
Direct beneficiaries per year: 3600
Geographic areas served: Citrus, Marion, Lake,Levy, Hernando Counties in Florida
Programs: Drug and Alcohol treatment Help Hire the homeless program Operation Mercy Call Homeless Veteran's Shelter Disability Shelter
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

My name is Scott and I'm a USMC and US Army veteran. A traumatic event in November 2010 left me jobless, penniless, without a support network, and homeless. I reached out to many nonprofit homeless shelters for immediate assistance but none responded. I was making plans, to my utter horror, to live in the woods when Jim Sleighter of Mission in Citrus contacted me. With his help I was able to find long-term housing in Gainesville and now I recently accepted a good job offer from the Veterans Administration. I've come a long way in the past 2 years, but I didn't come alone. Thank you, Jim.

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

Life-changing

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Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

I just want to say thank you for all the help that you have giving me and my daughter. Without the Mission in Citrus we would be on the street and my daughter would be taken away from me. Jim has been there for me no matter what has been going on with me and won't give up. On the homeless no matter what the cost.

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  

It was a few years ago, i had just gotten out of jail, and couldn't return back to where i used to call home, so now left with nothing, and unable to go back and get my belongings, i called a few people whom i concidered to be friends, but low and behold, i quickly found out who my friends where, it took me a lil time to figure that out though, i struggled with the fact of not knowing what i was going to do, who do i turn to, thats when i turned to someone i would do anything for, and that man is James Sleighter, and te friends and family at the mission in citrus, he took me in when no one else would, showed me the way i should live and prayed for me, as he does anyone who steps through the door, im also glad to know that if anything ever happens where i need a place to stay, i have my good friend and someone im proud to call a brother James Sleighter, thanks so much!!!

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?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

i came to the mission in citrus when i got into a bind with a friend that turned on me. i moved to florida on december 16th of 2012. from kansas. she was the only person i knew. and as most of theas storys that start this way i had gotten kiked out of her place, and i became homless. for about three days me and the father of my kids. slept in the woods. it was cold at nights and we knew no one. we had no food and i was two and half months pregnent. then a paster from a church that we went to told us about the mission. when we got there everyone was so nice and helpful. the manager (james sleighter) said he will help us as much as he could and he did he has helped me with shelter and food. he has taught me so many things finachualy and for my alot of other problems iv had. and i thank jim and all the wonderful people i met at the mission. if i didnt go to the mission i would probly still be living in the woods. and would have probly lost my baby do to lack of nuishment. and i dont know any other place that would have helped me. i want to thank and bless the mission and all who lives there andjim for having sucha good hart.

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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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 3 stars  

Hi,my name is Kayla and I am 16 years old I am here because my family is having a hard time getting jobs and getting a home.My father's name is Chip,my mom is Peggy and my brother is D.j.I would do anything in the world for them.Jim is one of the most nicest people I know.He cares about everyone at Mission in Citrus.I'm very greatful Jim took my family in when we had no where to go,we would be on the streets if it wasn't for him.The best part about living at Mission in Citrus is a very special woman named Willma,we all call her Momma Willma.She works at a thrift store and brings home something for everyone every day.She has the biggest heart in the place besides Jim.People at Mission in Citrus have taught me that I'm not alone in the situation I'm currently in.I thank God veryday for Mission in Citrus!

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

Life-changing

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

Likely

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  

My name is ashley. I am a twenty-six your old with three children all under the age of eight. My husband and I have been married going on eight years. Recently my husband has became physically enabled, his spine is deterioating and had to quit working. On top of that I had also lost my job. Like day to night we went to living pretty decently to winding up in our very small compact car, My husband, three children and I literally had Only the clothes that were on our backs. Parking the car in some nearby woods and diving the dumpsters at night just to keep the hunger pains out of our bellys. Listening to my children cry from hunger until they fell asleep drove me to the brink of suicide. I knew that my husband and I could not take it no longer. From out of no where someone had told us of the missions in crystal river florida. Mind you we had been on the phone for half a day looking for a shelter and not a single soul would help us. When we told "papa" Jim about our situation without a thought he told us to come and that he would NEVER have children and a family live that way. That day we came here we were fed a wonderful meal, we were givin clean clothing and had a warm bed to sleep in. Since then the mission has takin us in and made us family. My children have three healthy meals a day and even the occasional happy meal from "papa". They love him and he loves them back as if they were his own. I have NEVER in my life seen such passion to help a complete stranger in need as I have here. I thank God everyday. Thank you for your love and compassion if not for you I would not be here today.

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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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

I came here by my sister who had dropped me off.Jim has helped me out immesely.Though my seizres and all my problems.With my daughter and had the patients for me.I love him with all my heart and will always be here for him.

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  

My name is Peggy and I am grateful the Mission In Citrus was here for me and my family to come to when we fell on bad times. They welcomed us here with open arms and accepted us. They are currently helping us with trying to get back on our feet. It will be a place that I will recommend to my friends and family if they ever need a place to stay when they fall on bad times.

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 that the mission is a very important part of our community it helps a lot of people and its help me become a better person but we are struggleing to help more if we had the funds we could help a lot more people we need your help if you can see it in your heart to help the less fortunate it would be kindly appreciated and it would be put to good use the mission has given me a roof over my head and has tought me the importance of helping others they have given me rides to work food to eat and so much more now i am a part of the mission and the staff is my family and i love each and everyone i have come in contact with and would do anything to give back to them i thank them and pray blessing on anyone that helps thank you and god bless

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  

my name sheila douglas i have been with the mission since april 1st two ago .I was down on my luck at the time and no where to go had a friend who volunteered at the mission in citrus homeless shelter in crystal river fl .I was welcomed with open arms there had only been with the mission one month and was asked by jim if i would help runs his floral city shelter and i said yes .My health is not great three heart attacks, diabites,and now in kidney failaure etc... I ALWAYS WONDERED WHAT MY PURPOSE IN LIFE .That is to help people like me and people who are down on there luck as well . I was always told never judge a book by it cover so .Because people dont know about the homeless but we are not all bad so dont judge us for what you think you know. Until y have sleepted in the woods wondering if you and your fiance was going to bealive the next morning ,being hungry,no way to take a shower etc.... the mission has truly saved my life and jim aka papa bear lol love my family at the misson.

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Definitely

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

Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

my name is sheila douglas i ran into some trouble a few years ago that caught up with me 2010 and had to go to jail and when i got out had no place to go and a good friend of mine told me about the mission in citrus homeless shelter i was taken in with open arms . I have had 2 heart attacks kindey failier among other things .The lord as a plan for me and it is with the mission .And i have a new life I am now running a shelter for the mission in citrus i thank god and the mission for saving my life cause if not i would be in a bad place .I will always be with the mission no matter what tahnk you papa bear .

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I am on the right path now and know the way things should go .

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

JUST WISH AND HOPE FOR MORE PLACE SO PEOPLE CAN THE HELP THEY NEED.

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