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Mission in Citrus Inc

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Causes: Civil Rights, Homeless & Housing, Homeless Shelters, International, Military & Veterans Organizations, Veterans

Mission: Thanks to you, we have reached a 97% success rate in fiscal year 2015-16. Now at 98% Our Mission is to help all in need to the best of our ability. We follow the parable of the Good Samaritan, as there are no requirements for our services. We constantly reinvent the wheel, and adapt quickly to make it work in any situation. The faces of homelessness can change as well as each individual's circumstances. Our founder became homeless himself, and found that traditional shelters were not working, and did not address the needs of the homeless, especially Veterans. This in and of itself was discouraging, as our Veterans fought for the rights of all, not just themselves. The Founder feels that no one should lose those rights by becoming homeless. Many fought and also died for freedom in America. The Mission in Citrus operates on love and a family atmosphere. Veterans, and many others who are homeless are helped regardless of their beliefs or unique situations. Many of the homeless Veterans have given up trusting our society, and have little access to shelter and services in rural settings. Based out of Citrus County, Florida, our program is designed for those who are less than perfect and know it, but want and need health, outreach, spiritual, and social services. We seek to empower homeless Veterans of all ages to meet their own needs. Recognizing the uniqueness,dignity, and value of each person, we accept individuals as they are, in an affirming and compassionate manner, and call upon the larger community to the same mission. The Mission provides basic and self-care supplies, free health care, housing and supportive services for the homeless Veterans that are the hardest to reach, including those who refuse to go into a shelter and live out in the rural wooded areas of our county. The Mission also provides referrals to other community agencies, such as child care providers and legal aid. The Mission in Citrus Inc operates three shelters located in Crystal River, and Inverness, Florida. The Mission In Citrus strives to help all in need - regardless of their faith or lack of. While we encourage, teach, and preach the Gospel, we force it upon no one. It is not a requirement for any of our services. As Founder and Executive Director , I have worked for seven years to improve the help we give to others.That is between God and I. But there are several projects that need to be completed before God takes me home.Most of them concern Veterans, as they are becoming the new face of homelessness each day. In the past two weeks, we have taken in six new Veterans. Not good. I am asking for help in getting them help with disabilities, contacting Congressman,and funding to offer more services. Anyone can visit the shelter at 306 south Park Ave in Inverness at anytime and meet our homeless Veterans. One is a three combat tour Veteran who only gets 30% disability after being shot in the head. It appals me.. Please help. Every little bit counts.God bless

Results: Went from 60 tents to four shelters Opened a Veterans Shelter on less than $ 5000 Operation Mercy Call which uses Jeeps and bikes to access the woods to hand out much needed food and medical supplies, Were awarded over $ 260,000 in grants Were given over $ 750,000 in in kind donations Helped over 3600 homeless individuals and families from food to shelter

Target demographics: Homeless Veterans,Homeless men, women, and children

Direct beneficiaries per year: 3600 Veterans,men, women, and children. Over 18,000 bed nights, 75,000 meals, clothing,cars,RVS, campers, and much more.All given out freely.

Geographic areas served: Citrus, Marion, Lake,Levy, Hernando Counties in Florida

Programs: Drug and Alcohol treatment Help Hire the homeless program Operation Mercy Call Homeless Veteran's Shelter Disability Shelter Angels on Wheels

Community Stories

401 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

Client Served

Rating: 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.