MISSION IN CITRUS INC

Rating: 4.81 stars   216 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
2015 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

I came here 7 months ago. I didn't have anywhere to go and my family didn't want to do anything to help. I had gotten myself into trouble and didn't have anywhere to turn. I found the mission in citrus and I gave him a call. When I called at first they said they didn't have no bed I was devastated.a little while later my phone ring and it was the mission telling me to go ahead and come in that they had a place for me. I was scared. I had never been homeless before my life and I didn't know what to expect. I went in and I was greeted with smile. The staff and everyone there were very nice they welcomed me in like I was family. everyone here has helped me set goals and follow through with them. It has made me a more humble person. I have had the pleasure of working with other homeless people here. I am very grateful for the experiences that I have learned here. I have learned that there are a lot of great people in this world. And there is kindness and love in our world still. I don't think I would have found these things out as soon as I did if it hadn't been for the mission in citrus. I just wish there were more places like this in our community where people could come when they fall on hard times and no that there is someone there that cares and is willing to help them. I just want to thank everyone and the mission in citrus for giving me a chance and helping me out. I am forever grateful thank you.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2015

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Rating: 5 stars  

I used to a resident at the Mission. I am an honorably discharged veteran and i am very grateful for what the Mission did for me and my son. I was welcomed with open arms and was helped to get on my feet. The staff and residents were very helpful to the both of us. The Executive Director helped to understand my son better when he would have his meltdowns due to his autism. Now my son has gone from having meltdowns to talking to someone when he feels like he is getting upset. He is also getting straight A's in school and has been getting them for the last 3 years. I am now getting my VA disability every month and we are now living in an RV that was donated to the Shelter that was given to us and we have it up at Dan's Clam Stand. I am now getting a house built through Habitat for Humanity so that we can once again have what we had lost so many years ago. I would have been lost if my son and I weren't picked up at the local Greyhound Bus Station just over 3 years ago by my brother and dropped off at the Shelter. Even though I am back on my feet, I still go back to the Shelter and help them out whenever they need the help. I have found where GOD wants me and what HE wants me to do with my life. I have also found my FAITH once again since we have been at the Shelter. THANK YOU JIM AND EVERYONE WHO HELPS TO RUN THE MISSION FOR EVERYTHING THAT YOU GUYS HAVE DONE FOR ME AND MY SON!!!!!!!!!!!

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Rating: 4 stars  

My name is Rob! I have been here for a little while! An I find this to a be a really nice place to be! I came in with a lot of questions and the staff was more than happy to help answer those questions. I was welcomed and made feel at home! I would recommend this place to anyone who needs a place to stay!

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Rating: 4 stars  

My experience here has shown me that there should be more place like this! I wasn't looked at as another homeless person! They looked at me as a person who had come on hard times. They accepted me as I am and didn't discriminate against my religion! An opened me up to the experience to help other people and has shown me friendship! I think the mission is a good place to help others and be!

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

M'y family and i stayer There from august 2010 till June 2011. WE were treated very well and learned how to help others who came after us !!! The mission is like a big family , if one person is upset ,everyone tries to cher them up !!! And lots of Love !!! Even though WE moves back to nj , WE still spread the word about the mission !!!

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

None

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

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

M'y family and i lived at the mission for 10 months , in that Time WE were treated good and helped alot! WE volunteered at évents through the mission and had fun too!!! WE also Made lots of friends !!! Its the best !!! The mission helps everybody !! Nô matter what !!

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?

2010

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Rating: 3 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

M'y family and i lived at the mission for 10 monts before getting a place . They were Nice and helped us Get on our feet . I recommend this place to anyone .

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?

Quite well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

this place is great. the people here are very nice and loving. i would recommend this place to anyone who needs help. its a great environment to bring kids of all ages. its very friendly.

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?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I have only been here one day today, I ended up here due to a series of unfortunate events. I now realize it was nothing but a blessing. The people in here are the nicest people I have ever encountered it was a blessing to have found this place. If in the future I ever run into someone that is homeless and scared like I was only yesterday. I would tell them to come here to understand that there are still people out there who care.

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?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I am only one day into this program, but my 1st day experience was overwhelmingly like being placed in haven. So far, everyone is kind and generous. I go day by day, I anticipate a pleasant and productive and spiritual experience from my stay here.

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

At this time, I have no\t had enough experience to comment, on this subject.

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?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I first came to the mission four years ago, my ex husband had sold our home in new jersey and had abandoned me, I came to florida to reconcile with him, and things did not work out, I only had one night left in the hotel and was facing being on the streets with all my belongings, I asked the lady at the hayes motel for shelters in the area, and she gave me an article about the mission in citrus, I called and spoke to Jim, and he told me he had a bed and to come on over the next day, he even provided a ride for me. I was nervous when I first came here, but everyone was so warm and welcoming, that I started to relax and feel right at home, They helped me get food stamps and gave me time to find employment. I even met my husband here. The Mission in citrus is such an awesome shelter, everyone is so warm, friendly and welcoming. It"s more like a home than a shelter. It"s the best shelter in citrus county. They truly offer a hand up, not a hand out. They do everything they can to help you become independent and get back on your feet.

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

I would not change one thing about the mission. Everything they do is to help you get back on your feet and be on your own.

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?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

I had got my self in trouble and went to jail! When I got out I had no were to go! So I looked on line and found the mission and gave them a call! When I spoke with the lady on the phone and she took my information and told me she would call me back! In about 30 min she called me back and told me that they had a bed for me! Then she told me about the things that they could help me with! Like helping me find a job, get me to a doctor if needed, tranportation, most of all a place to sleep and food in my belly! An for all that I am truly greatfull!

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

like to help raise money to expand the place so that more people could get help!

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?

2014

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