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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.

Client Served

Rating: 3

Hi,my name is Kayla and I am 16 years old I am here because my family is having a hard time getting jobs and getting a home.My father's name is Chip,my mom is Peggy and my brother is D.j.I would do anything in the world for them.Jim is one of the most nicest people I know.He cares about everyone at Mission in Citrus.I'm very greatful Jim took my family in when we had no where to go,we would be on the streets if it wasn't for him.The best part about living at Mission in Citrus is a very special woman named Willma,we all call her Momma Willma.She works at a thrift store and brings home something for everyone every day.She has the biggest heart in the place besides Jim.People at Mission in Citrus have taught me that I'm not alone in the situation I'm currently in.I thank God veryday for Mission in Citrus!

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is ashley. I am a twenty-six your old with three children all under the age of eight. My husband and I have been married going on eight years. Recently my husband has became physically enabled, his spine is deterioating and had to quit working. On top of that I had also lost my job. Like day to night we went to living pretty decently to winding up in our very small compact car, My husband, three children and I literally had Only the clothes that were on our backs. Parking the car in some nearby woods and diving the dumpsters at night just to keep the hunger pains out of our bellys. Listening to my children cry from hunger until they fell asleep drove me to the brink of suicide. I knew that my husband and I could not take it no longer. From out of no where someone had told us of the missions in crystal river florida. Mind you we had been on the phone for half a day looking for a shelter and not a single soul would help us. When we told "papa" Jim about our situation without a thought he told us to come and that he would NEVER have children and a family live that way. That day we came here we were fed a wonderful meal, we were givin clean clothing and had a warm bed to sleep in. Since then the mission has takin us in and made us family. My children have three healthy meals a day and even the occasional happy meal from "papa". They love him and he loves them back as if they were his own. I have NEVER in my life seen such passion to help a complete stranger in need as I have here. I thank God everyday. Thank you for your love and compassion if not for you I would not be here today.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

I came here by my sister who had dropped me off.Jim has helped me out immesely.Though my seizres and all my problems.With my daughter and had the patients for me.I love him with all my heart and will always be here for him.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Peggy and I am grateful the Mission In Citrus was here for me and my family to come to when we fell on bad times. They welcomed us here with open arms and accepted us. They are currently helping us with trying to get back on our feet. It will be a place that I will recommend to my friends and family if they ever need a place to stay when they fall on bad times.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

i think that the mission is a very important part of our community it helps a lot of people and its help me become a better person but we are struggleing to help more if we had the funds we could help a lot more people we need your help if you can see it in your heart to help the less fortunate it would be kindly appreciated and it would be put to good use the mission has given me a roof over my head and has tought me the importance of helping others they have given me rides to work food to eat and so much more now i am a part of the mission and the staff is my family and i love each and everyone i have come in contact with and would do anything to give back to them i thank them and pray blessing on anyone that helps thank you and god bless

Review from Guidestar

BROWNSUGAR34785

Advisor

Rating: 5

my name sheila douglas i have been with the mission since april 1st two ago .I was down on my luck at the time and no where to go had a friend who volunteered at the mission in citrus homeless shelter in crystal river fl .I was welcomed with open arms there had only been with the mission one month and was asked by jim if i would help runs his floral city shelter and i said yes .My health is not great three heart attacks, diabites,and now in kidney failaure etc... I ALWAYS WONDERED WHAT MY PURPOSE IN LIFE .That is to help people like me and people who are down on there luck as well . I was always told never judge a book by it cover so .Because people dont know about the homeless but we are not all bad so dont judge us for what you think you know. Until y have sleepted in the woods wondering if you and your fiance was going to bealive the next morning ,being hungry,no way to take a shower etc.... the mission has truly saved my life and jim aka papa bear lol love my family at the misson.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

my name is sheila douglas i ran into some trouble a few years ago that caught up with me 2010 and had to go to jail and when i got out had no place to go and a good friend of mine told me about the mission in citrus homeless shelter i was taken in with open arms . I have had 2 heart attacks kindey failier among other things .The lord as a plan for me and it is with the mission .And i have a new life I am now running a shelter for the mission in citrus i thank god and the mission for saving my life cause if not i would be in a bad place .I will always be with the mission no matter what tahnk you papa bear .

Robert33

Board Member

Rating: 5

My name is Robert Brown. I moved back to Florida after a loss in My Family in 2009. After a couple months of being home I found myself down on my luck and homeless. I was at a appointment at the VA where I explained to the secretary my situation. She gave me information on a homeless shelter. I called the Mission In Citrus and talked to Jim Sleighter. After talking to him and said he would have someone come and get me and I could stay at the shelter. There I was able to make contacts with VA reps about Disability as well as Veteran Housing in Gainesville. I stayed at the Mission from June until October of 2009. Because of respect and dignity I was given and a warm family-atmosphere I was able to get to Gainesville and finish my disability case with the VA. With in 7 months I was back on my feet receiving my VA disability and moving back to Citrus County to live with My Future Wife and be closer to My Youngest Son. Because of the Love Shown I recently Joined on The Board and help out the Veteran's Shelter in Inverness,FL. Thanks Again Mission In Citrus and Mr Jim Sleighter!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a previous resident of the Mission In Citrus. I arrived in September of 2010. The prior months to me arriving I was struggling with finding a job. My boyfriend had kick myself and my two teenage daughters out on the street. Stranded with no means of transportation, no food to feed my girls and I was loosing all faith in life. Until a guardian angel had given me the number to the Mission. I was so upset that my oldest daughter had called. With in minutes we were being picked up and taken to the shelter. From the moment I walked in the doors I felt a sense of relief. I could now feed my daughters and lay my head down at night without worrying. For the first time in a long time I felt like I could do what I needed to do with out getting kicked out. I knew I was able to find a job without getting an eviction notice or worrying if my lights were gonna get turned off. After three days of being at the Mission I was able to start working at a really nice job. Which really brought up my self esteem up. I knew I could do more. Until my health issues got worse. I wound up having two more surgeries but yet I had a job and a roof over my head. When I healed from the surgeries I was able to get my own place. Something I haven't been able to give my girls in a long time, due to six previous surgeries. The staff at the Mission are so wonderful. If you had questions or needed help doing anything, they were there to help. I still stop over to help those who have lost their faith and lift their spirits. The Mission helped me in so many ways that no one will ever be able to understand. And I will continue to tell everyone what good they do for those in need.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am 55 years old, educated and have worked in Neurology for 26 years. I owned my own home, had a supervisory position at a large Medical Center, and put my daughter through college. Due to a growing addiction to prescribed anti-anxiety medication, I lost my job, my house,the respect of my family, and for the first time in my life, became homeless. The Mission in Citrus took me in, gave me a comfortable bed, food to eat, fellowsip with Christian women, help with my medical transportation, and a new family that loved me for just being me. I may not be alive right now without the help of The Mission. Living in the woods in Florida is dangerous....snakes, gators, wildcats, and people who will hurt you for a dime. I am forever grateful to Jim Sleighter, the director here for not giving up on me and giving a second chance on returning to a prosperous and faith based way of life. God bless him!!!

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have struggled with addiction for 5 years. Picking myself up from losing everything wasn't easy, but the missions has helped me by surronding me with women in similar conditions facing similar battles. Jim is understanding of every sitution, nnobody judges you for your past. Many people think of a homeless shelter to be uncomfortable, the missions is not that. Here at the missions is a family enviornment supported by god. I am greatfull to have found the missions and hope rebuild my life and use the missions as a steping stone.

Review from Guidestar

Dave P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

For me this place has help me really get back to a functional member of society. I have learned through my faults what it was i needed to overcome. Jim has been there for us anytime we needed help or an ear to talk to. As have other individuals there. I have been to other places but they are all different. This one however has been me open to us finding work, having visits whenever, and other activities these other shelters only talk about but never let you actually get out and do. I give Jim props because it takes alot to run all these house and deal with so many different people all day. I wish there were more places like this out there for people who are in a bad spot in life. My praise goes out to Jim and all his help and clientel.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am 61 years old. I lost my house last year. Now I only have a car and not enough money to pay for auto insurance past February 2012. The Mission In Citrus Veteran's Homeless Shelter is providing for my basic needs. Thanks to God and the charity of many people for everything. I am searching for a job. I am a certified welder, but willing to do any kind of work. Both of my brothers died ,one with a brain tumor and one with cancer and both went to Viet Nam. I was in Germany during the Viet Nam War.

Client Served

Rating: 5

my names chelsea huggins ive been at the mission 3 times now and each time has helped me out so much. it may not seem like it cause i keep ending up here but now that i see how the economy has changed so many lives i know its not the worst thing i could go through by being in a shelter jim has helped me abundantly and now i have had the push to motivate myself to go back to school. the first time i was here i was 5 months pregnant with my daughter who is now 18 months old if it wasnt for jim i would probably still be on the streets or even worse..... he helped me by putting food in my belly and a warm place to stay and pushing me to find work. i know now that if i didnt go through what ive went through that i wouldnt see the world as i do today. homeless people arent bad people they just need to straighten there life out and thats what jim is trying to help us all do. some more than others. i am now about to start school to become a LPN and getting my life straight not only for me but for my daughter and to prove to people that because i was homeless does not mean im hopeless... i set my goals and am now succeeding them thatnks to jim. im so glad he pushed me. the mission is the best thing that ever happened to me cause honestly being back here three times has showed me i need to better myself. thank you jim for everything i love you.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 3

I am a homeless veteran who came to the state of Florida to resolve a personal family matter and seek employment. Having lived here in the past, the only thing I dreaded was the extreme heat , hurricanes and the tornadoes they spawn. As for the family matter, I had to walk away.

The mission in Crystal River did not turn me away. Immediately I was reassured that I would be given shelter and a bed to sleep in. The director offered to help me apply for food stamps, but I already had. The routine here at the shelter has structure that does not leave a lot of time for other matters as one might think. I just wish there were enough jobs available so that everyone who wanted to work could find work to support their household.







































































Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is David Gillespie, and I searved in the Marine Corps. I came to this Veteran Shelter, because I became homeless back in January 9th 2010. Right when I got here they heped me get my DD214, and the counseling that I needed, also they helped me get my medical records transferred from Ocala to Lecanto VA. Everyone here has gone out of there way to help me. I now feel safe, and they helped me constuct a path for me to stay on, and I know that if any problems arise I can turn to them for help. I myself have done everything I can to help out here, and they have told me that I am appreciated, that in itself makes me feel like I am wanted, its like being apart of instead being on the outside looking in.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Edmanuel Claudio and I have been a resident in the Va shelter for almost a year. I arrived from Orlando after trying to find a place to stay there with no results I emailed Jim to see if he had a place for me and he welcomed me to stay. If it wasnt for this I wouldve been on the streets.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hi my name is John and i served in the coast guard so was put at the veterens shelter in inverness. I came to be here due to heart and health problems. The staff was both kind and understanding and helped me to get the medical attention that I needed. If it wasnt for the misson in Citrus I would probably have had a stroke or be dead. They are also helping me get back on my feet.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hi my name is Jacob Louden and i served in the army for 4 years. I called around for places so i can stay to get on my feet but no one would take me besides the mission in citrus. If it wasnt for jim i dont know where i would be. he has heped me out alot esp when my wife has a baby on the way he has given us alot of stuff or we wouldnt have anything for him.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am well pleased with this veteran shelter because I would be living in the woods right now if places like this weren't around. Since my stay here in this "family like" environment, I haven't been so depressed. I am also grateful and in better health thanks to the shelters services such as the meals, showers, television, and my bed.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Chanell McCord, I've been here at the Mission for almost two years, this November and this is my story. I have been from place to place starting from my parents house. It was a loving environment don't get me wrong but it was also controlling, I wanted to do my own thing and make my own niche in the world. I had moved from my parents place to a friend of mine and they threw me out over something stupid. Transportation from work at 3 am. So I found a place that was a room for rent and I was all excited because I had my own room. I had a job at Burger King, I had that job for three and a half years. I got fired for calling out sick when I was sick. I had the stomach flu that was going around in 2009. The manager at the time said to call in two people and get a doctors note, I told her that I had just woke up with a mess in my bed. I had offered to come in the next day she said no come in on Monday and see if you are on the schedule. So I came in the store and she then said come in on Friday. So I did, she then said where is your uniform, I said it is in the car she said get it and I'll give you your last check now get out. That was basically what she said so i no longer had a job. So then I was jobless and getting ready to be put out of the room that i had rented. By that time I had met my fiance Tim, he had rented a room that was across hall from me. He had offered to move out of his room and move into mine and we pay only one rent instead of two. Well the landlord did not like inter-racial couples so he threw us both out. Tim was the one who told me about The Mission and that was where he was staying. While I went back to my parents, I didn't even last a full week when they threw me out again. I'm not on any drugs or drinking any alcohol I'm clean as a whisle. So Tim and I stayed at a hotel till we ran out of money and we both went to the Mission. I was so terrified at the thought of being homeless and upset about my own parents not even wanting to take me back in when I was willing to look for a job and go back to school to obtain my GED. The Mission was so helpful and loving it was like joining a big family of course there will always be problems but they're small. Jim is like the Big Daddy of it all. I was there when he opened the Vet Shelter for the Vets. I help out as much as I can and when i had found out that I was pregnant, Jim was even more helpful in making sure that I had gotten to all my appointments. Helped getting the items that I needed for the baby. Now that I have my baby they are even more helpful. But when I leave I'll never really leave because I will still keep in touch. Even though The Mission is a homeless shelter this will always be home.