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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
i was taking care of a man (house keeper) for room @board. he fell and was sent to hospital and,2 weeks he passes. the son from ca. came @ gave me notice to leave. they have helped me so much i am very grateful for all they do for me
i hit a real low in my life. i have three boys n had no where to go. then i got in at the mission. i was scared and sad when i first came. the staff at the mission along with the ladies in the house all made me feel welcome. through the time i have been hear i have learned a lot about myself and what I am really capable of. the are showing me i am not alone n i have people around who generally care about me. my life is getting better n i am a lot happier than i have ever been. the support system i have hear makes getting up n going everyday a pleasure. things are still a challenge. but i know now its a challenge i can handle. god blessed me n put me hear n i am very thankful for this opportunity
I have loved every moment of being here. From the moment I made the phone call to see if Kat and Sue could take me in they have been nothing but kind and helpful. I did not have much when I came here and they have more than gracious to make sure I have not gone without. The other residents here have also shown me that same kindness and I have made many good friends despite the situation we all may be in.
i have been here for over a year and Katherine and Jim and Sue have showed me that being homeless is a lot different but they have taught me to be more positive and showed me that i can do anything if i put my mind to it the mission in citrus and staff are the best people you would ever want to meet in your life i love them all dearly THEY HAVE taught me how to love one another better
My name is Michael I was a homeless Veteran for 9 years and I did begin living in my first Veteran Housing unit in Colorado Springs, Co. - Houston Tx.- Ocala Fl. - San Antonio Tx. - and I have now certainly I did find Heavenly Blessed Veteran Housing here in Mission in Citrus Veteran's Shelter. I want to give a High Salute to Mr. Jim Sleighter (Founder and Executive Director. I dearly appreciate everyone Caring & sharing Love, Peace, Harmony and great Commeraderie from the Volunteers to all involved, and it is truly just as Mr. Jim Sleighter calls for his Mission Operation Mercy Call it is nothing like any other Private home setting I have ever seen or heard from Anywhere else in all of the USA.
i became homeless due to family issues, i was directed to the mission in citrus through my sister. i have been residing at the Mission Veterans shelter for over a year. they have have helped me get a vehicle employment and has giving a safe place place live. they have allowed me plenty of time without pressure to be able to plant my feet on the ground to be able to move forward in life. i thank the mission for everything they have done for me.
i appreciate that there is a shelter willing to help out homeless veterans in citrus county as for the amount of homeless in this area, they open the shelters to anyone as long and treat them like family! everyone works hard to help each other with a hand up not a hand out! if it wasnt for this shelter i wouldnt know where i would be!
i became homeless due to relationship, i made some calls and was turned to the mission in citrus veterans shelter. since i have been helped me with resources for employment,and other resources for housing.
when i became homeless due to relationship issues a friend of mine sent me to the mission in citrus shelter and since i have been here the shelter has helped me financially morale support and new friends.they have allowed me plenty of time to get my life together.i have never met such a great group of people who are very supportive and i have found friends who are now like family for life.