Mission In Citrus Inc

Rating: 4.83 stars   267 reviews

Nonprofit Issues:

Civil Rights, Homeless & Housing, Veterans

Address:

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 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

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 $ 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:

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

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Reviews for Mission In Citrus Inc

Rating: 5 stars  

This place has given me the opportunity to stay in a safe and comfortable place, free from being judged and away from the cold weather. They have helped me grow and achieve my goals.

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

my experience living in the shelter is amazing.. my oldest sons school helped me find this place and the ppl here treat my kids and myself like family... they help out in any way that they can.. help you find your spot in life and get you up on your feet and only want the best for you.. they are reasonable friendly and are welcoming to anyone...

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

when your homeless you only think that you are going to have a bad experience going into a homeless shelter. being a first time homeless with a husband and a child to begin with was a horrible thought and then living it. The Mission in citrus was such a help. they help you get all the assistance you need and that you can qualified for. They help you look for a job and get bus transportation to be able to get a local job. Great place good people!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

my experience at the Mission of citrus county has been good so far. We moved from out of state and had very low income and they gave us the tools to get food stamps and safe link phone and obviously a roof over our head instead of sleeping in the van. some areas that i feel should be touched on are making All rules known to everyone as soon as they get here so there is no confusion and people aren't getting told by 8 different people the rules.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

the mission is a great place. Very clean and sanitary. Well staff and very caring and professional.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

in my experience as a cab driver i have seen plenty of shelters and this is so much better than i have seen and is excellent for the first time being in one my self.The employees here are much more educated and nice there is not a lot of problems here and i don't go hungry

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

Awesome experience since the day i got to the mission everything has been a very pleasant experience. When i cam and was in a rut this place has helped bring me back up and see myself again. I am very content and not hungry anymore.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

my name is Eric Hellman, my wife divorced me. She took the whole bank account, and moved back to Czech republic. The lease on the house we lived in was up, Aug 1st. The flooring company I worked for, the two( friends) Fantastic Floors and more, moved back to Louisiana, and took my power tools. Today is the last day of car insurance, therefore I will turn my tag in to the dmv, so my licence does not get suspended. Thank goodness for Misson of Inverness.

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I was homeless because of marriage separation and the Mission In Citrus Veterans Shelter was here for me. Clean environment, quiet environment, great help from outside organizations that help keep the program alive. People in charge are very knowledgeable and helpful in finding the assistance I might need. I appreciate the organization and believe there should be more of them available to Veterans.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I am currently a resident at the Veterans Shelter in Inverness and I feel that all my needs are being met. I feel that if they had not let me stay here I would be out on the streets doing things I should not be doing. Being here has changed me and made me a better person and I am thankful for them allowing me the opportunity to be here!

 
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