Mission In Citrus Inc

Rating: 4.82 stars   239 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  

Becoming homeless has taught me to become a very humble person. Therefore, since I have been here, not only do I do my chores, but if someone can't do theirs, for one reason or another, I go ahead and do the chore for them, anyways. You need to have teamwork and cooperation with everyone in the house, to get things done. I look forward to the day when I can give back as much as I can to the mission, cause the mission has done so much for me. I roof over my head, a bed to sleep in, food in my stomach, and hopefully a direction to go, to improve my life for the better. I thank all the staff here for helping me in everyway they can and I can't wait to male them all proud of me when I do finally get back onto my feet. Thank You from the bottom of my heart.

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Rating: 5 stars  

This is a great place to live . they help you you out with anything I need to get back on my feet jim the big guy is very understanding of everyones situations and he works with us. the donations we receive here got me clothes and keeps me fed when I have no money to buy them. the guys at the house are cool we have our moments but at the end this place became my home and I enjoy living here because I have a family that actually cares for me.

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Rating: 5 stars  

this a great place they gave me a place to stay when all my friends wasn't there when I needed them the most, but this place was. Everybody here are great people (staff) they treat like they really care. this place is really helping me get refocused on my life. Im blessed and grateful to be here and around those who help those in need.

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Rating: 5 stars  

since I have got here I have been welcomed with open arms. they have helped me get out and find a job. got me off the streets of Tampa and fed me and also gave me somewhere to sleep. when I got here I didn't have very many clothes they helped me get new clothes and shoes. i am grateful for everything that Jim and Kat have done for me and they have me on the right track of getting me and my daughter a place to stay so I can finally have my life back. I really don't know where I would be without the mission they're truly a life saver. god bless this place and all the great people that I live with.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Mission has done a lot for me and I've only been here a week. They have been very helpful with things like getting me food stamps, and a bus pass. I would recommend this to anybody who is homeless and looking for a place to live. They are helping me get on the right track in life and doing the right thing. It has been great and I couldn't ask for any better!!!!!!

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Rating: 5 stars  

iam thankfull for the mission giving me and my three kids a place to stay while we rebuild our lifes and get back on our feet so far everyone at the mission have been very helpful with everything from help with the kids to just being there for any other questions or other problems we are dealing with. iam so greatfull for everything they have done and well do for us in the future. thanks so much john daniels and kids....

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Rating: 4 stars  

The Mission has been very helpful. I came here lost and afraid and I have been given a lot of guidance. They help us get to church every Sunday and pray with us every morning. It is truly a blessing to be here.

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Rating: 5 stars  

my name is marlene mathias I have been here at the mission for about 6 weeks. I have met a lot of wonderful people. im thankful for having a roof over my head. im trying to make my life better so I can move on.without these wonderful people I don't know where I would be. thank you all and god bless your day.

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Rating: 5 stars  

My name is TaShahnda and the mission has helped me and my daughter from homelessness. They have given me a second chance to become the mother and person I have been aiming to become. I now have my daughter in daycare ,and I'm currently seeking employment. If it wasn't for the Mission, none of this would be possible. So I would like to thank the Mission so very much for giving me and my daughter a chance to live a life worth living, thank you so very much!

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Rating: 5 stars  

Hi my name is Jen. My husband Dave and I were evicted from our place and we were at a hotel for a few weeks. we were put in jail for a night. when we got out, we were told to contact Jim. we were initially told it was just gonna be for one night. Then jim decided to let us stay for more than that, he had us do an intake and we have been here ever since. I love being at the mission. It is like a big family, not like I had pictured a homeless shelter at all. The people here are AMAZING!!!!! The mission is an amazing place to be!!

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