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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: 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: 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.