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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

401 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

WHEN I BECAME HOMELESS I HAD NO WHERE TO TURN FOR HELP I WAS BEING RELEASED FROM THE HOSPITAL TO THE STREET. I CALLED A FEW PLACES FOR HELP BUT BECAUSE I HAD NO ADDICTION ISSUES I WAS TOLD THEY COULD NOT HELP ME. A NURSE GAVE ME THE NUMBER FOR THE MISSION IN CITRUS. EXPECTING THE SAME RESPONCE I CALLED AND TALKED TO A MAN NAMED BERT WITHOUT HESITATION HE TOLD ME I WAS WELCOME TO COME TO THE SHELTER. WHEN I ARRIVED I WAS GREETED WARMLY AND WITH COMPASSION. HAVING NEVER EXPERIENCED HOMELESSNESS BEFORE I WAS RELIEVED THAT THE STAFF WAS PATIENT AND CONSIDERATE AND GUIDED ME ON THIS NEW AND UNEXPECTED JOURNEY WITH KNOWLEDGE AND PERSISTANCE. THE STAFF TREAT YOU WITH RESPECT WHILE ENFORCING THE RULES NECESSARY TO RUN AN OPERATION THAT HOUSES UP TO 60-70 MEN WOMEN AND CHILDREN. IF YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW FINDS THEMSELVES IN THE UNFORTUNATE CIRCUMSTANCE OF HOMELESSNESS THE MISSION IN CITRUS WILL WELCOME YOU WITH OPEN ARMS AND AN OPEN HEART

Client Served

Rating: 5

I came to the mission with my 2 children they gave us a place to sleep a hot shower and food to eat they also helped me get my kid in daycare and in school i am 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: 5

My name is Harry 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.They are like one big family we all get along

Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is John i came to the mission with nothing but a few clothes 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. They've been a big help the entire time I've been here

Client Served

Rating: 5

down and out partied too much on the streets for about thirty years i was tired of running tired of the hurt from war desert storm you cant replace lifes i still havent recovered so i made a phone call to the mission in inverness im bouncing back they are also helping me get housed ive never been so grateful its clean and theirs food jim cares about us were like a family the mission has turned my life around i feel like a person again

Client Served

Rating: 5

I HAVE HAD TWO HEART ATTACKS AND BECAME HOMELESS DUE TO NOT BEING ABLE TO WORK. I CALLED THE CITRUS COUNTY SHELTER. I WAS GREETED BY PEOPLE WHO SHOWED GREAT COMPASSION AND HELPED ME IMMEDIATELY. I AM GRATEFUL TO HAVE THE SUPPORT OF THIS ORGANIZATION.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

Client Served

Rating: 5

I came to the mission when i had no where else to go after having a stroke 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: 5

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: 5

My name is Michael i came to the mission in citrus with nothing but my clothes and scooter they have been very helpful and helped me get back to getting a job and starting to get back on my feet also they have provided me with a roof over my head and a bed to sleep in if it wasn't for the mission i would still be on the streets

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.