Hello. My name is David and I am newly homeless for the first time in my life. I recently turned 50. I'm probably not your stereotypical homeless guy. I tell you this because like many people in the world I thought this could not happen to me. I've always heard that many people live paycheck to paycheck and are only two weeks from homelessness. So here I am. I have a degree. Have worked at the Director level at Fortune-500 companies in retail for 25 years. I am a veteran of the US Army. I have medical certifications, training and experience. I've volunteered throughout my life so I've known a lot about homelessness from that side. Now it is me that's homeless. I want to share my story with you so that you don't end up like me and many others. Also, so that you can better understand how to help if your so inclined. If so, read on. Because I was laid off in NC I couldn't pay my insurance which resulted in the loss of my license. While trying to work was stopped twice for expired tag, driving with suspended license and consequently went to jail over it. I had a tax return and spent every penny on my van. I lived out of my van but was able to work and live knowing I was on my way out of this horrible hole I had dug for myself. Stacking on another bad decision I purchased a tag for $10 from a man trying to save money and the tag had been stolen. I now have a “Petty theft 1st offense” conviction preventing me from working in any job in my retail or sales fields. I lost my van, my home and all of my belongings while in jail for 20 days. I was accepted into a homeless shelter recently but their restrictions were difficult. I was ejected daily from 7am to 3pm. So I had a roof, food and bed. Now I just had to find that impossible job where I was within walking distance from 8am-2pm daily. Although my resume looks great on paper there were no retail jobs where I would pass a background check. That means my 25+ years of experience, hard work and education are now null and void. No job existed so I chose to live in the woods in a shelter I built so I could be available to work each day at a local labor pool. There were no guarantees for work just because I showed up each day at 5:30am. I have met many wonderful people while homeless including the Pastor that gave me my steel toed boots so that I may work. I finally found out about this place where I am now. This place I call home. The Mission of Citrus. I am currently at the veterans shelter but have also been to the regular sister shelter as well. While I am grateful for the help I received at other shelters I am now much more grateful to be here. The difference is simply night and day, black and white. Between my decades of volunteer work and now recent experience being homeless I thank God I found them. The Director Jim Sleighter, the staff, volunteers as well as tenants have helped me more than I can state in this letter. They are empathetic to the Veterans problems and situations as well as respectful and loving to each other. They provide not just a roof, food and clothing but give us every tool imaginable to help us and allow us the dignity to help ourselves. They are God fearing and loving people. We have the freedom and tools to get back on our feet and back into life again. Whether your needs are transportation, legal, physical or mental medical benefits, employment assistance and training, school or education improvements, housing assistance or simply inspirational advice they seem to have it all. I have been approved for temporary housing already. I now have a part time job and was hired for an awesome job the other day. I try to be positive but I have to assume I will fail the background check due to my Petty Theft conviction. I do have hope. My problems are fading away and are hopefully short lived. I am grateful for basics such as food and shelter. Its the other tools they offer that have made this homeless nightmare come to a positive end. Of course, I thank God for putting them in my path. They have also inspired me to continue to help others as I hope you will too. In summary please help these good people any way you can. Please support Jim Sleighter at The Mission In Citrus and others who are professionals with homeless assistance. Sincerely, David PS: There is a difference between lying and being a liar. Taking a breather and being lazy. I fear that beauty and perception lye with the beholder. I do not fear that God will judge me. It is you that I fear.
its good for resources to advance and capabilities to do all that and im also glad to have a bed to sleep in
if it wasn't for the mission i don't know where i would be right now they have helped me so much Jim is awesome Ms Kat is awesome Ruth is awesome and i really appreciate what they done for me god has blessed me to be here and i am so grateful to be here wish there was more places like here Al James
The Mission is place to get on your feet and turn your negative into a positive. The rules are fare and it is not difficult. Whatever you need they will assist you on getting it i.e job. transportation to and from, clothing, food. Some of the residence act like this is their personal home, but they eventually get over it, when people bring them to realize it. Other than that it is a great place to get on your feet and focus on you.
We came to the mission After we got evicted. It's very clean and well kept, the staff are wonderful. We were very blessed.
After we got evicted we were very blessed to get into the mission.
We were evicted and very lucky to be able to get into the mission.
my experience so far with the mission of citrus has molved me..its inspiring on many levels and gives people a chance to rebuild,embetter and enrich themselves....a good experience for anyone who is looking to rebuild thier life...
it is a goood place to be it is helpful in a alot of ways and i like it good place to be if you need help
i came to the mission when i had no where else to go. I found a place where i could start to get my head togather and achieve the things that i needed to. I started to build a relationship back with family and started to feel better about self. found a job and got help with finding housing.
Since i came to the Mission it was a great experience it isn't like any other shelter. We are like a big family that looks after each other. They help us look for jobs and housing to gt us back on our feet. They also help out a ton of other people that comes through the doors looking for food or even just a family. The people here are just amazing in every way possible.
i came to the mission after being evicted and no where else to go and they took me in and gave me a place to stay and be warm and safe
This is my first experience being homeless and its not like you see or here. At the mission you are treated like family and you have a place to sleep and take a shower if it wasn't for the mission i would be sleeping in the woods
i came to the mission with just the clothes i had on and going to school and having a job and they treated me like family
The mission is a wonderful charity,they gave me and my child a place to lay our head @our toughest times.MS.KAT & the mission team has made sure we were well taken care while our stay
i came to the mission with no place to go and they took me in and gave me a safe place to sleep and take a shower and get a job
chris caramico is here because he got out of jail with no place to go. He is very appreciative
of the mission for all that they do & continue to do for the less fortunate in citrus co. florida.
while at the mission chris intends to get A license, A car & some clothing. he will continue
to pray for and bless the mission of citrus & other places like it.JUST FOR TODAY!
esther ingram i came here because i had no other placeto go so i called the mission in citrus and was welcomed with open arms now i have a place to sleep a job and i feel truly blessed to be with such loving people.
My name is Michael Henderson and I found Mission in Citrus on the Internet and contacted them by phone. From the the first conversation they we're helpful and friendly as well as professional. They gave me a nice place to live with all of the food that I could eat. The rules are reasonable and fair. They also helped me with getting my food stamps and a few other programs as well. Since I've been here I've found a job and got a bike with which to get around on. I am very grateful and thankful for the help that I've received. I would recommend Mission in Citrus to anyone that needs and wants help.
in my experience at the mission i have experienced nothing but love and acceptance its like a family all of the staff that works here at the mission will go out of their way to help you as long as you are trying to help yourself
i am an 18 yr old woman and i came to the mission to get myself straight and back on my feet they are very good people here