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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

Jim Sleighter the Director is very kind.
He looks out for our dreams.
He is a wonderful man.
Noone else has his outlook. He takes a personal interest in every resident that comes here.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

My name is Katherine Hicks i come to live at the mission in citrus after losing my home it has been very good and everybody is very caring and understanding and i have been treated like i am actually family.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I My essay on what I think is awesome about The Mission in Citrus Inc.

I would like to start out by saying that this place is AWESOME!! and I am truly blessed to be here. I believe God puts people in certain places for a reason and I believe He led me here.

I may have a different perspective on things here because I see much more than some of the other residents. Not all of them, just some.

I quote Jim: "If I don't help them, no one else will." I have witnessed this account on numerous occasions. I have quickly learned how true this statement is. Jim feels the pain of every resident who comes through that gate. So much so, that it makes him ill. You couldn't get the love, compassion, and understanding from any other Director or their staff at any other place, but here.

I've also witnessed the miracles that have happened in this Mission because of that statement. I've witnessed people survive and overcome suicide. I've witnessed hardened hearts learn to love again. I have seen mothers get reunited with their children and some who regained custody of their children.

I have seen people come through those gates with addiction to alcohol and drugs and never thought to change. However with the grace of God they have wanted to change and get help. These people are not FORCED but strongly encouraged to do so. They are made aware that people DO care, something that they somehow lost along the way.

I've witnessed people overcome homelessness, get a job, their own place, get reunited with their families, and become productive people in society all by the hand up they were willing to take and get back out there and be happy again. We still see their struggles, however they all know that they can come back here, and MOST do, sometimes to get food, clothing, gas money, diapers, or an encouraging word from the Director Jim, and the other residents. Some will come back to help, or to just say thank-you and they are doing well. That's AMAZING!!!

I also think The Mission in Citrus Inc. is so great because these Shelters are run by THE HOMELESS. FOR FREE. BECAUSE WE WANT TO. Not because we are paid to. This is something that I never thought, dreamed, or imagined I would do. Seeing what is accomplished at the end of the day is very satisfying. The work is endless though, but by God's Will, what gets done seems to be just enough to get by. We barely make the bills every month and some months it seems that we can't...very scary thought...this is the last place for us and it might end next month...but by God's will, AMAZINGLY, somehow we squeak by. God truly runs this Mission.

What keeps our Director going, (and the rest of us) is the children. I have actually heard the little ones say: "I don't want to leave". These children said they like it here, AT A HOMELESS SHELTER, better than at their homes with their other parent, grandparent, or other caretaker. We keep going because we see the families that reunite because of this wonderful place. The people we can help and do help brings us so much joy. We continue on for the people that get saved here. Saved from addiction, suicide, themselves. Saved by Jesus and The Mission in Citrus Inc.

Donor

Rating: 5

I am an RN and a veteran of the USMC and have worked in Kingston, Jamaica with abandoned and severely handicaped children. In addition, I volunteered in Long Beach Mississippi and New Orleans after hurricane Katrina. I know first hand how individual lives can be changed when they know someone cares. When a person has lost everything it would be so easy for that person to just give up or turn to a life of crime. The everyday things we take for granted mean everything to them not only to survive but to give them hope and a sense of well being and feeling of usefullness. The Mission in Citrus does this and so much more; they offer safety, food, shelter, friendship, faith, assist with employment and educational opportunities and so much more. The world needs more people like James Sleighter whom truly care about others. May God Bless and help this wonderful organization to prosper and help all who need their services.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Existence for the Mission in Citrus is solely based on helping those in need. Seeing all genders, ages and life situations arriving for assistance is a life-altering picture. Being able to house and feed in order to take care of the homeless situation is monumental. However, the paramount drive for the Mission in Citrus is to rebuild the lives of those who have not achieved success on their own. That’s what it is all about. Yes, getting into a place of warmth in the cold winter weather, filling up the stomach that is hurting, providing clothing and hygiene facilities are definite life needs. But to look further at each individual person’s life and the direction that is needed stands tallest above everything else at the Mission in Citrus.

When a person and/or family arrives for help, all facets of their life are taken into consideration. If there are legal issues, further action is taken. This is the same case for addiction needs. Each and every person is dealt with in reference to the situation that is deemed primary in their lives. Education is afforded to all that need to possibly get a GED or into a vocational training program. When a minor is involved, they are immediately enrolled in the public school system. The positive support that is demonstrated by the Mission in Citrus director speaks for itself when residents share their stories of survival and success because of the power of the direction they have received at the mission.

Seeing the life-changing situations that have occurred at the Mission in Citrus is sometimes hard to perceive. It is so heart wrenching that I can often not envision what life has truly been like for so many unfortunate people. But the changed lives is what counts and the Mission in Citrus is responsible for the changing of many many lives in Citrus County.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a non-profit worker with experience in homelessness for the past four years, I am often on the lookout for ministries and shelters that are DOING, rather than saying. The Mission, with their open door policy and come as you are attitude, are one of those rare finds.

Review from Guidestar