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

Mission: 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

265 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have known of Mr. Sleighter's service to the veterans of our community since prior to the establishment of his Veteran's Shelter in Inverness in 2010 - his kindness and caring had provided food and some respit to those struggling to get on their feet - myself included. Many times, he offered to assist with a place to "get you back on the right track", yet I demurred, feeling that his services should go to those more in need than I: at the time, though I was transient and working only occasionally, I still believed myself capable of continued existence without continuous support.Until this year.I found myself without a place to live, struggling with depression and suicidal ideation, no work prospects, and no one who I could comfortably ask for assistance... save Mission in Citrus. I asked to borrow a tent... there were none, but the staff (tenants of the Inverness Shelter itself) were helpful and made sure I left with enough food to sustain myself a few days, and a promise Jim would pick up a tent. That very evening, Jim HIMSELF went to Wal-Mart and picked up a tent, letting me know I was welcome to pick it up... and AGAIN offered me the opportunity to stay at the shelter (with identification verification against any potential legal entanglements and a DD214 to show veterans' status).I still felt I could do better without clogging up the facility. I mean, a grown man SHOULDN'T have to ask for help, right?After two days of self reflection and rumination, I decided to accept his generous offer.After two and a half years of fluctuating residency, living on the couches of others, struggling to make ends meet, feeling worthless and 'a drain on society', I meekly moved into the Inverness shelter.Sleeping on a bed has never felt so luxurious.A hot shower never so wonderful.being able to clean oneself and one's clothes regularly raises the spirits.And having (even in this secular world) someone who's Faith has built their reputation and their service in the actual spirit of that Faith, well...An aside: As I think about this, I'm crying - tears of joy.I have been at the Inverness shelter a little over four weeks now - as of date, I've only missed one VA appointment (my fault - worked over the weekend and overslept the morning of my lab), have had more response to my applications for employment (two offers in less than a month, as opposed to earlier attempts often going as long as a year without an interview or even notification), and will be volunteering with Mission in Citrus with their web presence and SEO for the charity overall (was asked to help... and you're darn right I will!); allowing me to put forth my best effort to advance a wish I have had for over 20 years... to help a business with it's IT department AND to advance my own interests in web marketing.So many opportunities opening... and granting one thing long since denied (IMO): HOPE.This place is where angels rest their wings. I have seen this.Folks on their downside aided with the tools to get their own life back on track. It's NOT Jim's job to do so... it's a service he himself espouses as per his Christian Faith to those who gave their word and their blood to defend this nation. Not for personal gain, either... he's doing it because he WANTS to see his charges happy, healthy, living right, and ON THEIR FEET.It's not 'a handout' around here, either. Residents are expected to be 'grown folk' about things: Keeping the bills paid, the house presentable, and all of us 'work' the facility as it's our job... because it's WE who are the 'face' of Mission in Citrus. WE who are the culinary staff, the maintenance team, the IT department (raises hand)... US. Not some outside agency, not some group reliant on outside funding (such as DVA, a church, etc.) and that is by design - it allows our facility to work with a level of autonomy for its members no other place - in this county, state, or possibly the nation - can match.It gives we who live here a renewed faith in ourselves and our own abilities. It aids our Fraternity members who may suffer psychological issues opportunity to resocialize as men and women, as Humans. It's OUR house, so to speak... to treat with respect... This, though a temporary shelter, is our HOME. These men and women, Fraternal brothers and sisters, our family. And this... we'll defend.HOOAH.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm a veteran who because of health issues an not being able to work, ended up lose house . Family Endeavors got in touch with this shelter to lend a hand. The Veterans Shelter Has provided a clean safe place . the staff are very involve with helping those of us here, to find work,schooling,getting to VA clinics. They'er involved in other missions in citrus, an helping other that have become homeless. We get involved to.It's wonderful to be around so many, putting there time to help us all.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

i never thought id be homeless..being in several shelters, i found this one to be more like a home setting,i was welcomed with open arms ..a memory i will always cherish..it is like one big giant family..thank you for being family...love you all and God bless

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Client Served

Rating: 5

When i came citrus county mission, i was welcome d with open arms. They 're helping me get adjusted back into society. This is an amazing organization!

marinedave

Client Served

Rating: 5

My experiance has been very good and i have learn a lot about my self though this mission they have helped me out a lot and Jim and Katherine have been very helpful to me and showing me how to better myself

Client Served

Rating: 5

I thank god for this place that gives us hope and opportunity in our lives

Client Served

Rating: 5

Mission in Citrus is very helpful. They provided me a bicycle to help me find a job. They also help to encourage me to save money and get back on my feet again. Everyone there is very kind and understanding of everyone's individual situation and specific needs.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Becoming homeless has taught me to become a very humble person. Therefore, since I have been here, not only do I do my chores, but if someone can't do theirs, for one reason or another, I go ahead and do the chore for them, anyways. You need to have teamwork and cooperation with everyone in the house, to get things done. I look forward to the day when I can give back as much as I can to the mission, cause the mission has done so much for me. I roof over my head, a bed to sleep in, food in my stomach, and hopefully a direction to go, to improve my life for the better. I thank all the staff here for helping me in everyway they can and I can't wait to male them all proud of me when I do finally get back onto my feet. Thank You from the bottom of my heart.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This is a great place to live . they help you you out with anything I need to get back on my feet jim the big guy is very understanding of everyones situations and he works with us. the donations we receive here got me clothes and keeps me fed when I have no money to buy them. the guys at the house are cool we have our moments but at the end this place became my home and I enjoy living here because I have a family that actually cares for me.

Client Served

Rating: 5

this a great place they gave me a place to stay when all my friends wasn't there when I needed them the most, but this place was. Everybody here are great people (staff) they treat like they really care. this place is really helping me get refocused on my life. Im blessed and grateful to be here and around those who help those in need.

Client Served

Rating: 5

since I have got here I have been welcomed with open arms. they have helped me get out and find a job. got me off the streets of Tampa and fed me and also gave me somewhere to sleep. when I got here I didn't have very many clothes they helped me get new clothes and shoes. i am grateful for everything that Jim and Kat have done for me and they have me on the right track of getting me and my daughter a place to stay so I can finally have my life back. I really don't know where I would be without the mission they're truly a life saver. god bless this place and all the great people that I live with.