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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

403 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

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

For me and my husband were there homeless shelters old methamphetamine smoke dope did drugs gambled sold sulfameth and you're hungry Lee didn't want to feed you until it like you can we do want to help you the staff there are very mean it would make you want to kill yourself don't ever go thereman in the picture so dope the other picture of the bug they had bugs they're outside when you've made you sleep in a tent didn't want to give you anything to get rid of the bugs

Victoria C.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Hi. My name is Victoria and myself and my 2 kids need help really badly. We had a house fire 4 months ago today. I’m a struggling single mom and had no homeowners ins at the time. My kids are 15 and 18. My 18 year old is autistic with ptsd and learning disabilities and had been on disability for many years. My 15 year old (Paris German)is a patient of yours. I can’t remember our caseworker and we lost a lot of important paperwork in the fire She had reconstructive spine surgery for chronic scoliosis with the help of Shriners a year ago. I also suffer from PTSD which I was handling until I became homeless.
I “had” a group of Scientologist helping. But they literally “abandoned” us as we have no desire to become Scientologist. They also would make my 18 year old cry by telling her she isn’t autistic. They insisted they could get it out of her. It was a really hard situation to handle whilst trying to remain great full for any help.
At this point I have done a ton of demo work removing charred Sheetrock and scrubbing the walls in my home. I’m working on obtaining a remodel permit but again only myself to do everything. I’ve never done electrical before but I have done construction previously a decade ago in NY.
we are so unbelievably desperate for help.
my home was remodeled prior to us and the damage is only new construction in 10% of the house. The original Plaster and laugh construction is untouched. The structure has not been compromised in any way. The fire was not able to spread in the walls or rafters. We so desperately want to go home.
Im an American citizen born in Fl. I have no criminal record. I don’t even have a moving violation on my driving record. We are good people. We always try to help others in need but now it’s us 3 girls.
if I have to do this totally alone I don’t know when we will be able to go home.
Im begging you from the bottom of my heart to pease please please help us. Our whole family is torn apart. My kids have to sleep at friends houses and I sleep in my car with my dogs. I can’t lose my dogs too, we almost lost them in the fire if it wasn’t for my neighbor bravely running in to save them they would have been gone. They are much loved family members and emotional support for all 3 of us.
Idont know what else to say. We are a good family in major distress over this. If you can find it in your heart to help us we will be forever grateful.
sincerely,

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

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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

Client Served

Rating: 4

excellent very helpful. they are wonderful in all they do for everyone in all all kinds of way. it is a pleasure to know them . i love the staff very much and they are great to get along with my two thumbs up.what a great place to be at they are wonderful people. they put a smile on my face and very helpful

Client Served

Rating: 5

the mission is a great place . they help you get your life back together and get back on your feet. definitely one of a kind. you are not forced to do anything you dont want to do or shouldnt be doing already. Jim and Kat want you to succeed not fail but if you do fail they do not push you aside the give you a chance and help you with things needed to get back on track.

Client Served

Rating: 4

My name is Felicia i came to the Mission with my husband who is now incarcerated they have been very kind and supportive and help me out when i need it and are very encouraging and are behind me every step of the way i have a job and am working to get stable again also i am blessed to have a roof over my head and food in my stomach

Client Served

Rating: 4

My name is Raphael i came to the mission in citrus with nothing but the clothes on my back i now have a job and i am getting my life back together and getting back on my feet i have a hot shower and food and a place to sleep the staff is very nice and polite and also very helpful they have taught me that people really do care about others

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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.

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Client Served

Rating: 4

I live at the mission I am grateful for everything they have done for me they put a roof over my head and food in my stomach and helped me get the stuff i need to get back on my feet and the staff is very nice and polite if it hadn't been for the mission taking my in i would still be sleeping on the streets and in a rental truck

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Client Served

Rating: 4

I came to the mission in citrus with little to nothing and me and my children now have everything we need a roof over our heads warm showers and food we also have a place to sleep they welcomed us with open arms and have been a blessing with helping get everything we need to succeed and be productive also the mission has helped me find work

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The mission in citrus is a very nice and maintained place to stay, before I came here I was in the ocala national forest with 3 small children in a tent. I am very blessed my family was brought into a place that will help you in every way they can. Yes there may be rules but that is how things run smoothly and everyone helps each and everyone out. I originally had barely any clothes nor did my kids and husband we now have quite a bit. The kids have everything they need and always get a hot shower/bath.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I fell into hard times and a friend of mine told me about The Mission in citrus. I contacted them and within 24 hours they made room for me at The Veterans Shelter. Since the day I have arrived here I have been treated as family. Then I took another hard hit when my wife and 2 boys ended up homeless. I spoke with Jim and he arranged for my family to move in as well. The shelter and residents have welcome my family and I with open arms. Jim and his staff strives extremely hard to help everyone possible.

Client Served

Rating: 4

my name is christopher stephen spinelli i became homeless for relationship and money issues.i had no other place to turn i had nothing left then GOD blessed me with the mission in citrus. it got me back with my dad after being seperated from him for almost ten years.i have a job again and a purpose in life to get back on tract in the right direction.i would like to thank the staff at the mission for welcoming me with open arms. may GOD bless this place and all to come in the future.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was staying with a family member and do to unhealthy situations I had to leave. I went to a resource center and they referred me to the Mission in Citrus. I was scared and confused but due to the people running the shelter, they helped me get settled into the Veterans shelter. My health was extremely poor and ended up in the hospital. I was able to get healthy and back on my feet again. Since then I have become able body to get around and interact with other people in my same situation. Being here i will be able to accomplish my goals in the near future. My goals include getting a vehicle and my own home, and pray that one day my family and i can resolve the past issues we have been through. I would highly recommend The Mission in Citrus to anyone who needs a place and get their life straight.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Maria Kreimer
I am so thankful for being here if i never found this planes i would not have my son. everyone here is really helpful. I am thankful for all the help i am getting here. Also they are helping me get back in school so i can get my GED. An further my education i want to become a teacher and help kids. also they have been helping me get the stuff i need to get my son in school

Client Served

Rating: 5

i was staying in St Louis, Mo. and got employment down in fl so i moved down here and was staying with a friend and things just got crowded so at my Job i was referred to The Mission In citrus and was excepted in. I have met great people my Brothers in Arms. The shelter in clean relaxing family environment, its a great place to call home til i find a permanent house.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was staying with what i thought to be friends and the lady told me after i paid my rent that i had to move out with no where to go, my daughter Katie called around and located The mission in citrus. we came by to meet Jim and see the place i was skeptical at first because of all the horror stories i have heard about homeless shelters but when i arrived here i seen and learned that it was very far from the stories I've heard. since i have been here i am communicating with people a lot better, i have opened up a lot and able to be myself and excepted for who i am. The Mission is a big family and has done wonders for me.

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Client Served

Rating: 4

I moved to Florida to be closer to my son, my original plans fell through and I needed a place to stay. My son's mother gave me the info for The Mission and i called, They said to come on in. I came in on Feb 13,2018, since i have been here i was able to find employment and am now enrolling into Technical school for a correctional officer. The Mission has helped me get my feet planted and starting to help me become a better person in society.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Angelo i came to the mission from living house to house and the have treated me like family and i am starting to get back on my feet and been out putting in apps and doing what i need to do to get back on my feet the mission staff is awesome and very helpful also the guys and women treat me like family

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Jimmie i came to the mission with nothing and the staff and everyone here treat me like family and got me the necessities i needed to get back on my feet and now i help out there and make sure the stuff that needs to get done are done if it wasn't for the mission i would still be in the woods and freezing we are one big family and they are awesome in all they do for everyone here

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Joshua Cain i came to the mission in citrus with my daughter they have treated me like family and i have been on the road to getting my feet back on solid ground the staff and everyone at the shelter treat me with respect and we are like one big family the mission is unlike any other shelter we have family day on sunday and it is awesome

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I ma here by the grace of God. i was knocked out and robbed .when i came to,i was disoriented and dizzy and broke. i had the clothes on my back and shoes on my feet ,my lighter and an inactive phone. i was thirsty,starving and had no clue where i was .for the first time in my life i was scared of being out in the woods i am from Tennessee mtns. on my fourth day of being hungry and thirsty i had no where else to turn. i got down on my hands and knees and prayed for a long time .my face was wet with sobbing tears. i asked the lord for his help. about an hour later something told me to check my phone so i did ,by the grace of God i picked up some random free wifi network. i contacted my sister whom i haven't seen or contacted for 18 years .she called the police and deputy Howard came and picked me up and brought me to the mission in citrus. they fed me ,gave me hope a since of security and safety . these beautiful ladies gave me something back that i thought never existed anymore humanity. now i have the opportunity to pay it to forward

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The people who run it are wonderful, always willing to help out when you have a problem. They are great with all the residents. While living here I was able to get my CNA license and find a really great job. I was able to save up and get back on my feet thanks to these wonderful people.

Client Served

Rating: 5

i was taking care of a man (house keeper) for room @board. he fell and was sent to hospital and,2 weeks he passes. the son from ca. came @ gave me notice to leave. they have helped me so much i am very grateful for all they do for me

Client Served

Rating: 5

i hit a real low in my life. i have three boys n had no where to go. then i got in at the mission. i was scared and sad when i first came. the staff at the mission along with the ladies in the house all made me feel welcome. through the time i have been hear i have learned a lot about myself and what I am really capable of. the are showing me i am not alone n i have people around who generally care about me. my life is getting better n i am a lot happier than i have ever been. the support system i have hear makes getting up n going everyday a pleasure. things are still a challenge. but i know now its a challenge i can handle. god blessed me n put me hear n i am very thankful for this opportunity

Client Served

Rating: 4

I have loved every moment of being here. From the moment I made the phone call to see if Kat and Sue could take me in they have been nothing but kind and helpful. I did not have much when I came here and they have more than gracious to make sure I have not gone without. The other residents here have also shown me that same kindness and I have made many good friends despite the situation we all may be in.

Client Served

Rating: 5

i have been here for over a year and Katherine and Jim and Sue have showed me that being homeless is a lot different but they have taught me to be more positive and showed me that i can do anything if i put my mind to it the mission in citrus and staff are the best people you would ever want to meet in your life i love them all dearly THEY HAVE taught me how to love one another better

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hello,
My name is Michael I was a homeless Veteran for 9 years and I did begin living in my first Veteran Housing unit in Colorado Springs, Co. - Houston Tx.- Ocala Fl. - San Antonio Tx. - and I have now certainly I did find Heavenly Blessed Veteran Housing here in Mission in Citrus Veteran's Shelter. I want to give a High Salute to Mr. Jim Sleighter (Founder and Executive Director. I dearly appreciate everyone Caring & sharing Love, Peace, Harmony and great Commeraderie from the Volunteers to all involved, and it is truly just as Mr. Jim Sleighter calls for his Mission Operation Mercy Call it is nothing like any other Private home setting I have ever seen or heard from Anywhere else in all of the USA.

Keith Andrew D.

Client Served

Rating: 3

Had no place to stay and was referred to the mission from the va clinic

Client Served

Rating: 5

i became homeless due to family issues, i was directed to the mission in citrus through my sister. i have been residing at the Mission Veterans shelter for over a year. they have have helped me get a vehicle employment and has giving a safe place place live. they have allowed me plenty of time without pressure to be able to plant my feet on the ground to be able to move forward in life. i thank the mission for everything they have done for me.

Client Served

Rating: 5

i appreciate that there is a shelter willing to help out homeless veterans in citrus county as for the amount of homeless in this area, they open the shelters to anyone as long and treat them like family! everyone works hard to help each other with a hand up not a hand out! if it wasnt for this shelter i wouldnt know where i would be!

Client Served

Rating: 3

i became homeless due to relationship, i made some calls and was turned to the mission in citrus veterans shelter. since i have been helped me with resources for employment,and other resources for housing.

Client Served

Rating: 5

when i became homeless due to relationship issues a friend of mine sent me to the mission in citrus shelter and since i have been here the shelter has helped me financially morale support and new friends.they have allowed me plenty of time to get my life together.i have never met such a great group of people who are very supportive and i have found friends who are now like family for life.

Client Served

Rating: 4

the mission in citrus has been helpful as for giving a roof over my head,its a secure place, wonderful people and staff. they have helped provide resource for me to be able to search and find employment and other valuable resources that would be otherwise hard to find. it also gives me a chance to reestablish a greater self worth.

Client Served

Rating: 4

I came to the Shelter, because of homelessness due to Mental Illness(PTSD, MAJOR DEPRESSION) AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE ISSUES. Since being here I have received a lot of support from residents, and i feel extremely positive about myself. i also feel positive about reaching my goal of housing.