Mission in Citrus Inc
Rating: 4.8 stars 306 306 reviews
2488 North Pennsylvania Ave Crystal River FL 34428 USA
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
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
Homeless Veterans,Homeless men, women, and children
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Geographic areas served:
Citrus, Marion, Lake,Levy, Hernando Counties in Florida
Drug and Alcohol treatment Help Hire the homeless program Operation Mercy Call Homeless Veteran's Shelter Disability Shelter
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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.
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!
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!!
Hi my name is Jessica Willis and I have been homeless for three years when I first found out about the mission in citrus I thought ok I won't be in a homeless shelter but something in me changed and I was really bad off but I'm here and this place and the people here are amazing this place has taught me so much and they also taught me faith and believing in the good Lord above and they have help e Me in so many ways to live on my own not worry about having to depend n anyone but my self and I am grateful everyday. That God gives me these people are the true meaning of family God is good all the time
Not only is the mission a great place. but it has helped me thrive and be able to do on my own. I was not able to before. Having your life controlled for you is no way for anyone to live. Starting from scratch all over again has made me a stronger person because I know I am able to do for myself. Meeting everyone here is a great experience I have encountered and I would not change it for anything. God is on my side all the way and he will move me forward with his help. I couldn't have done it without him.
If it was not for The Mission and the amazing people, and God who run it, I would definitely not be alive. Not only has it been meeting basic needs, but it has been teaching and showing me they ways of change. I have been learning to change and what that may look like and how to walk that path!
my name is Dusty Wheaton and I came from Daytona beach I was doing drugs and I was really bad I had to change my life so when I found out that there was a mission in crystal river that would help with my problems I went for it. I got to crystal river I did a background check and they let me in. I've been here almost a month and they are helping me with college and they help me to learn to go threw with my plans. yes sometimes it might be hard but life is hard. I love it because it helps me cope with the real life and teaches me how to live the life I'm suppose to live. I appreciate james and Kathrine for taking the time out to help me, they are very helpful and they really don't have to do this and they do. I love them for that because they take there time out of there own life to help the homeless. I just want to say I'm very proud of myself because I'm just use to getting up and doing what I have to do in order to take care of my habits. I can say I'm almost a month clean and I'm getting my G.E.D and going threw with my college. I really love you guys for this because you really did something for me and your really really appreciated thanks so much for helping me out. love Dusty
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My name is diane, wow, what the mission is to me, and what they have done for me. This place shows love, comforting arms, and the feeling that I am somebody and I do have something to offer to society. I am a single parent that endured a lot some my own mistakes and some I had no control over. I came to the mission a few years ago went to a program to better my life, since then I have maintaned a job and got a car paid for and most important thing of all, i was reunited with my daughter three years ago. She is now nine years old. I can say at the beginning my faith had run dry, I am so grateful for jim who I call papa. This wondeful man built my cnfidence and most of restored my faith. thank you papa. Your heart is so huge you have put your life on hold to help others. There should be an award for your faith in all of us. Thank you for eveything the mission in citrus. God bless to all of you.
i got introduced to the mission by friends. Most of the people here are nice & appreciative. This is a good place to be & i'm glad to have found it. I would definitely recommend The Mission to anyone else who was in need of housing as long as they wouldn't take it for granted & were willing to get their lives in order. The people are good to be around & well appreciated.
when the cops told me about this place i said i will like it this place is helping me out and if my friends were just like me i wood tell them about this place they are so nice here i think they will like it to they help alot here when you are down and sad
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i moved to Florida in January of 2015. i was scared and felt very alone at first. we stayed at my mom's friend's house for a while, maybe two or three weeks and then we had to leave. i was terrified, we had no money, no jobs, and nowhere to go. we bounced around from shelter to shelter for a while and then we found the mission in citrus in April. we weren't residents of citrus county but we were still taken in and almost immediately, i stopped feeling lonely for the first time since we moved to Florida. everyone was extremely friendly and kind and we all just kind of came together and formed a family. we support each other here and if anyone is sad or afraid, it won't be long before they'll be wrapped in a suffocating hug. if anyone were to come upon my situation, i would definitely recommend that they call the mission in citrus.