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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

356 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been treated very well and that includes the residents and staff. I was brought here by a lady from the salvation army. I like the Mission and the people that are here. They treat me with respect. The Mission has helped me with moving on with my life in the near future. I am Korean War Army Veteran. I would definitely recommend the Mission to friends and family if they were ever to end up in my situation. Jim and the staff at the Mission have been a tremendous help to all.

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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

1

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I came to the Mission in Citrus on September 26, 2017. Kat, Junior, Sue and Ruth made me feel at home. This is the first time that I have been in this situation and didn't know what to expect. i feel that the Mission has a great support group and has very understanding and compassionate staff. Since I have been here I feel like all of us are family. Thanks again for all the good work and especially the great house meals. A special thanks to Kat for always listening and dealing with a lot of issues on a daily basis.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Imagine waking up one day and all that you known as comforts of home were gone, what would you do? Where would you go?
This happened to me, I’m 58, I called the VA Crisis Hotline and the next day I met with my VA representative and she made a few phone calls and made arrangements for me to come here the next day.
This is an awesome place with resources to help me get a job which in turn will let me secure a home of my own again. Don’t know what I would’ve done if it wasn’t for this sanctuary.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I got my life straight got married to a good women got a good family here and at church. A good job full time. The best thing is i got baptized and came to find Jesus go to church every sunday. I also help my wife at the mission in citrus and i don't regret what i have in life i also found out that money cant buy everything i respect who and what i have in life to me the most important things in life are God, my wife ,James Sleighter and my mission family. The things i don't miss is drinking because thank God for the mission i got a second chance at life and i use my life for good with God my wife and Jim and my mission family