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Mission in Citrus Inc

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Causes: Civil Rights, Homeless & Housing, Homeless Shelters, International, Military & Veterans Organizations, Veterans

Mission: Thanks to you, we have reached a 97% success rate in fiscal year 2015-16. Now at 98% 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 Veterans,men, women, and children. Over 18,000 bed nights, 75,000 meals, clothing,cars,RVS, campers, and much more.All given out freely.

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 Angels on Wheels

Community Stories

391 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I became homeless due to landlord issues and had no where to go. I was on the county bus and a gentlemen told me about The Mission in Citrus homeless shelter. I called and spoke with Jim and asked if he would allow me to bring my dog with me and he said we will give it a try. My dog and i now have been here for a little over 3 months. Mr jiggles is now the mascot for the shelter. If it wasn't for the shelter and Jim allowing me to have Mr.Jingles with me i would be in the woods but gratefully he has allowed us to be together. Since arriving i have been searching for property and housing to hopefully one day own of my own. My experience here at the shelter has helped me gain confidence and a family of brothers and sisters. I am able to save money to put towards my future home. Since I have met Jim, Delva, and others that help with the shelter I have been able to gain more confidence in other people. I am very grateful and honored to have Jim as a friend for he is a great human being who has a heart for others.

Client Served

Rating: 4

i want to tell you that the mission in citrus has helped me to learn how to take my own responsibility of my child and my own life they are wonderful people and have the upmost respect for the staff .they have taught me how to look for jobs and get help with food stamps bus pass .the mission in citrus is the best place to go when you need help Katherine and Jim are the best two people in the world that you want to ever have met in your life.no other place has helped as much as the mission in citrus has helped me and my child and my fiance

Client Served

Rating: 4

When i first arrived i was welcomed with open arms. they do wonderful things to try and help out the local community, help the clients that come in here at the worst of times like myself. They have been helping me get my life straight and getting side jobs to take care of my family and they treat me with the upmost respect and treat me like family. I would recommend this place to anyone needing help

Client Served

Rating: 4

They've been a big help the entire time I've been here. It's like a big family and everyone is very friendly. The staff is always willing to listen and help out with any problem I have. i came to the mission with just my clothes and myself if it wasn't for the mission i would still be on the streets.At least i have a place to sleep take a hot shower and eat.Also they treat me with the upmost respect .I would recommend the shelter to any one needing help

Client Served

Rating: 4

I came to the Mission with nothing but the clothes on my back and am very grateful for them taking me in they are helping me get my life on track and also helping me to get my ID and birth certificate also since coming to the mission i have been treated with nothing but respect and kindness. They treat everyone like family and the staff is very kind i would recommend the mission to anyone that needs a place

Client Served

Rating: 4

They've been a big help the entire time I've been here. It's like a big family and everyone is very friendly. I don't feel rushed to work my case plan. The staff is always willing to listen and help out with any problem I have. It's been a learning experience and this is the only shelter I'd recommend.

Client Served

Rating: 4

I came to the mission with my 3 children they gave us a place to sleep a hot shower and food to eat they also helped me get my kids in daycare and i have found work so i can start becoming productive part of society and they welcomed me with open arms and treat me and my kids like family they help me to do what i need to do so i don't go down the wrong path that way i can continue doing what i need to do i would recommend the mission to any one needing a place to stay and also they have helped me with my oldest child and taught me how to communicate with her

Client Served

Rating: 4

I came to the mission with my 3 children they gave us a place to sleep a hot shower and food to eat they also helped me get my kids in daycare and i am out looking for work so i can start becoming productive part of society and they welcomed me with open arms and treat me and my kids like family they help me to do what i need to do so i don't go down the wrong path that way i can continue doing what i need to do i would recommend the mission to any one needing a place to stay

Client Served

Rating: 4

I came to the mission looking for a place to stay they welcomed me with open arms.They took me in when no one else would.They gave me a place to sleep and eat and take hot showers they also are helping me get my life back on track and become stable again so i can become a productive member of society and do what is right.Also i would recommend the mission to anyone who is in need of help and would like to turn their life around

Client Served

Rating: 4

I came to the mission looking for a place to stay they welcomed me with open arms and gave me a place to stay and sleep and food in my stomach also a hot shower.They treat me like family also am working on getting stable and getting back on my feet thanks to the mission i have a place to call home i would recommend the mission to anyone needing a place they have helped me in so many ways that i feel right at home

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Client Served

Rating: 4

I was homeless starting Feb.2017 because my partner of 17 years passed away and my home and car and my world was taken from me. i had never been homeless in my life. found myself on the street with a backpack and no place to go. i only had 40 dollars. found myself sleeping at the lake on hard benches very afraid and all alone. i just lost the person who was my world and i really did not care about anything for months. so i lived life on the streets for the next 9 months.i found a homeless day shelter.who found me the mission in citrus. i came here not knowing what to expect. the people here treated me with respect and did not judge me. they helped me with the things i needed and were there for me i am now and always be forever grateful to everyone here at the mission.they are helping me get my life back.

Client Served

Rating: 4

I came to the mission when i had no where else to go they took me in and put a roof over my head and food in my stomach along with a hot shower and a place to wash my clothes. they have been very helpful in getting what i need to better myself they treat me like family if it wasn't for the mission i don't know where i would be i am very thankful for them cause i can go to work and come home and rest without worrying where i'm going to sleep or where my next meal is going to come from i would recommend the mission to everyone that needs a place

Client Served

Rating: 4

I came to the mission in citrus with my family they welcomed us with open arms and have given us a place to stay and sleep and warm showers also the staff and residents treat us like family we also have food .They are helping us to get back on our feet and become a productive part of society and do what is right. They took us in when we had no place else to go i would highly recommend the mission to anyone needing a place to stay

Client Served

Rating: 4

i came to the mission with just what i had i am working on getting my life stable and getting back on my feet they welcomed me as family and the staff is very polite and respectful they also help me to get my medication straight and to get back on my meds also they gave me a roof over my head and food and a place to sleep and hot shower

Client Served

Rating: 4

My name is Jason i came to the mission in citrus with my wife and kids.They welcomed us with open arms and treat us like family. We came to the mission with just our clothes and car they gave us a place to sleep and wash our clothes and have food in our stomachs.Also they have helped get our kids in daycare and we are working on getting stable with their help

Client Served

Rating: 4

i came to the mission with nothing but the clothes on my back and my car and a job they welcomed me with open arms and helped me start the road back to being stable thanks to mission i have a place to sleep and eat and shower also the staff and everyone are very polite and helpful i would recommend the mission to anyone struggling or any one needing help in general

Client Served

Rating: 4

when i first arrived i was welcomed with open arms. they do wonderful things to try and help out the local community, help the clients that come in here at the worst of times like myself.And also treat me like family and the staff is kind and caring and also they helped get stuff that i needed and get me back on tract to getting my life staight

Client Served

Rating: 4

the mission was very very inviting and caring wanting to help us in every way they can they treat us like family. i consider them my family. even though my own family brought us here and live in crystal river. they make u feel loved and secure. Helped me get my medicine to make me feel better

Client Served

Rating: 4

i came to the mission with my clothes and stuff and they have been very good to me and treat me with respect if not for the mission i would have been living on the streets and also the staff is very good to me and treat me like family i have a place to sleep and eat and wash my clothes and take a shower i am so grateful for the mission i have the freedom to do what i need to do and get back on my feet

Client Served

Rating: 4

i came to the mission in citrus with my 4 grand children the staff and everyone here is very respectful and generous they helped me get back on my feet and get stuff i needed to get back to doing the stuff i needed to do i'm grateful to have a place to cook and feed my grand kids and also a place for them and myself to sleep without the mission i would have been on the streets

Client Served

Rating: 4

i have been homeless on numerous occasions, however did not qualify in some centers due to not having an addiction problem , overpopulation, or because I do not have children. I feel as though I am BLESSED , giving the fact that I was recognized as an individual and not because of my circumstance or treated like a number. At times I found it difficult, and tried staying with friends who claimed i could stay a specific amount of time however changed their story at a later date after promising me a permanent living situation. i like the mission program because because i am not judged on my nationality, religious preference, as I am a CHURCH goer and have a choice of churches , regarding my decision which are on the bus line or in walking distance.i have found that this particular program has assistance,or different programs for woman and children alike, even ones to fit my individual needs. i am thankful to have a place to reside until I regain appropriate housing. thank you