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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: 5

My children and I were living in an extremely abusive situation out of state. The Mission answered my desparate prayers to get my children to safety. I will be eternally grateful for the support given to me and my children. Life can be so hard sometimes and thanks to these wonderful people, I dont have to face it alone.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Mission In Citrus is one of the most home places I've been in a while. Me and my son have been here for a month now and they have helped me out in every way possible my son feels at home and I feel great safety for both me and my son. I want to thank Jim and the rest of the people that help run these shelters if it wasnt for them I would have a safe place for me and my son to sleep at night. Again Thank all of you!!

Jeremiah M.

Client Served

Rating: 4

I lived there for 7 months and received all the services available. The director, Jim, is a great guy. The shelter I stayed at was run smoothly with great concern for safety. When I needed a roof over my head, Jim took me in when there was no room. The only complaint about the shelter is that there is NOT enough beds.

Previous Stories

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was in The Mission in Citrus for about 3-4 months. James was a great guy - helped me out when he could. I had to go to probation and he always made sure I got there. They recieve donations of clothes which help everyone dress for jobs. One month after beginning my stay at the mission, God showed himself to me through a friend I had made there. James uses a Christian influence, without forcing everyone under it. He requires everyone to leave Mon-Fri to look for work, and on Sundays you have to leave in the morning until noon. He doesn't require you to go to church, but there is ample opportunity with multiple vehicles. When I first went in I was sleeping in a tent - as people moved out Jim moved others into the houses. Since then the tents have all been taken down unfortunately. Jim pushed the idea of opening my own business and going back to school, while working with local churches for others to get them to other states where they needed to be. Now I'm involved with another non-profit that works with several missions, and we love to help Jim when we can.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

I arrived at the Mission on 3/8/10. When I got here, I was in the middle of going through a disability case. After I was here for a while, I was trying yo adjust. I have been dealing with alcohol issues. I got into a little trouble while staying here. The Mission has helped me through the toughest times. I have started receiving my disability last year and was able to purchase a RV. Jim has been quite a mentor to me. I have learned a great deal of patience since I have been here. I thank GOD for Jim and the Misison because without them I would be wandering aimlessly wondering what to do or where to go. Since I have been here, I have a sense of direction on getting my life back on track and alcohol free

Client Served

Rating: 5

When I got to the Mission In Citrus I came across some good friends. They really helped me and my wife. The Mission is a good place to stay if you ever need the help with anything. They will help you change your life if you want to change it. They will help you get up on your feet. It was a blessing to my wife and I that we came across the Mission In Citrus.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I came from Tampa Florida working our way north to Arkansas. And we heard about the Mission In Citrus. So we came here and they welcomed us with open arms and helped me and my husband find resources to get up to Arkansas. Without them we would have been in the woods. And being pregnant in the woods isnt a good thing and I am glad that they helped us out. We thank them for everything that they have done for us.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Being at the Mission has been the best rehabilitaion I have ever had. I volunteer and stay at the Mission. I am very thankful that they have provided me a place to stay. I thank GOD for the Mission every day.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Mission In Citrus is the most awesome program that I have seen. There is no other program like it in the whole United States. I would make sure that I would recommend the Mission In Citrus to anyone I come across that is in need.

Client Served

Rating: 3

After traveling with the carnival for many years, the shelter is providing me with a place to start a new life. From here I can look for a job and anything else I need to get back into the mainstream. Being a Veteran these sevices ar greatly appreciated.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Walter Mowry, I am a Veteran of the Viet-Nam war period. Fortuneately, I was not called to serve overseas. Ever since my divorce and the many medical problems that I have developed along the way, as well as my alcohol abuse, I have not been able to hold down a job. I applied for Social Security Disabiliy and was approved. This allowed me to be able to get help from Veterans's Mission in Citrus, Fl. I have only been here for two weeks, however what I have recieved from my stay here, is an extremely comfortably clean place to lay my head. I have stayed in many shelters and this one is most assuredly the most pleasant in which I have been. There is plenty of food to eat and entertainment.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

The mission and citrus homeless shelters are very helpfull. My name is elayna juanis i am 10 years old. My mother betsy who lost her house by a divorce because the morgage wasnt getting paid lives here now. She use to live at her friend ninas house before she came to the path and then to the best place in the world the mission in citrus homeless shelter. she is now the director of the mission in citrus veteren shelter. I like it now because we get to visit her. Before she came here all 5 of her kids, family , and freinds couldnt talk to her for 45 days and at the Path they also took away their cellphones so she had no communacatoin what so ever. All we could do was write letters but it wasnt the same because i couldnt give her a hug or kiss through a letter. I cried for 4 days straight when i couldnt see her. It was tough not even seeing her through summer when we first got there to visit i didnt leave her side and didnt play with the other kids at all. jim sleighter is the best papa i ever had. He helps people left and right. He is a kindhearted man. i love it here!!!

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

I in list in the marines, in 1977 to 1984. dering that time i srved over seas . after that time i served two yoers resrvis, in 1984, to 1986.in my home towen in san antonino texas.then i become homeless off and on for25 years.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

i AM VERY GRATEFUL FOR THE VETERANS MISSION IN CITRUS.THE STAFF HAS BEEN SO HELPFUL TO ME IN ALL MY NEEDS.THIS PLACE IS TRUELY A BLESSING FROM GOD,I WOULD RECOMEND IT TO ANY VETEREN NEEDING HELP READJUSTING TO CIVILIAN LIFE AFTER SERVING THEIR COUNTRY.MAY GOD BLESS THIS PLACE FOR THEIR SERVICE TO ALL VETERANS.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

Came to the Mission last year after being a single mother to my 3 year old, by myself, due to my husband leaving because he couldn't find a job. I came to the Mission after loosing custody of my daughter due to me having no means of taking care of her. I didn't care about anything due to loosing my daughter. I didn't do the things I was suppost to do while I was here, I left after 4 months, and my life got alot worse. I ended up coming back getting a second chance here 4 months ago and I am proving everyone wrong. I have been working for the past three months at Fat Daddy's Roadhouse Bar and Grill and I love it. Now I am doing good in hopes of getting custody back of my both my children and hopefully beable to get my own place soon, but first I need a vehicle. I would recomend this place to everyone, friends, and family. Thanks to Jim Sleighter giving me a second chance I wouldn't be doing good like I am.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Being at the Mission has been a really big help for both me and my son... we have been actually been homeless since february 2008, living with family and friends until we moved back to Citrus County in August of 2011... while being here at the mission, my son has gotten the help that he really needs... we have been going to the local United Methodist Church since before Thanksgiving last year where my son has been a part of their youth group... i have seen my son do a complete 360 since we first got here and now he is wanting to be more independent and do things on his own... i would be lost if my brother hadn't of dropped me and son off here at the mission... i have been blessed to be apart of this place... it is also helping me with working on getting over my personality disorder.. i have learned to be around people more and talk more than keeping to myself... i know that when my son and I leave the Mission, we are going to be taking the best memories that we have ever made with us.... I LOVE THE MISSION IN CITRUS AND HOPE THAT GOD KEEPS SHINING DOWN ON THEM!!!!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I came to this place because I had no other place to go. If it wasn't for the Mission In Citrus, I wouldn't have any other place to go. This is great place. I like being here. I have met some very interesting people here.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been with the Mission In Citrus since it first began. The people that I have met there are the greatest people in the world. I wouldn't go anywhere else. Since I have been at the Mission, I have started getting my disability. I do what I can to help around the Mission. This is one place that I would let my friends and family stay at if they ever need somewhere to go.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a previous resident that has come back to the Mission. I came to the Mission the first time because I couldn't stay with my sister and longer. So I went to a shelter in Homossasa but then I had to leave there because it was getting shut down. So I came back to the Mission In Citrus. I now stay out at our shelter in Hernando Florida. I am trying to get back on my feet. I would tell my friends and family about this place if they ever become homeless and need a place to stay

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is a great place to come to when you are in need of a place to stay. I would have ended up on the streets if I wouldn't have learned of the Mission In Citrus. They excepted me when no one else would have. The executive director didn't have to let me stay here but he did. I have met new people from all faces of life. I always thought that I was alone in the world when I became homeless. Since being at the Mission, I have learned that there are other people just like me. We are all not bad people. Just people that have fallen on hard times that are trying to get our lives back together. If I had a family member or friend that ever ends up in my position then I would definitely recommend them going to the Mission In Citrus.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Mission In Citrus is a good place that has helped me get back on my feet and has given me a place to stay until i can get a place of my own. If it wasn't for the Mission In Citrus, I wouldn't know where I would have ended up. I would definitely recommend this place to anyone who ever becomes homeless. The staff and residents are very helpful when it comes to getting things done to help each other.