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MISSION IN CITRUS INC Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 10/01/2014: MISSION IN CITRUS INC

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Crystal River, FL
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MISSION IN CITRUS INC Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 10/01/2014: MISSION IN CITRUS INC

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 09/08/2014: MISSION IN CITRUS INC

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Physical Address: Crystal River, FL 34428 
EIN: 26-3423299
Web URL: www.missionincitrus.com/homepage0.aspx 
NTEE Category: R Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy
R99 Civil Rights, Social Action, and Advocacy N.E.C.
L Housing, Shelter
L41 Temporary Shelter For the Homeless
W Public, Society Benefit
W30 Military/Veterans' Organizations
Year Founded: 2008 
Ruling Year: 2009 
How This Organization Is Funded: Walmart - $15,000
Home Depot - $75,000
Winn Dixie Bi Low Holdings - $25,000


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Mission Statement

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 to make it all work. The faces of homelessness can change as well as each individual’s circumstances. As of October 2014, the new face of homelessness is more Veterans than we have seen in our six year history. Veterans fought for the rights of all , including themselves. The Founder feels that no one should lose those rights by becoming homeless. Since the Mission in Citrus homeless shelters opened in 2008, thousands have been helped using less dollars and more sense. The foundation for the Mission In Citrus and the rules and regulations that they still follow, were set up by their homeless founder and six other homeless people. It has been a long struggle, but their faith in God helped them to make it through many tough times.While they live by faith, no one is forced to pray or go to church. Most of them do on their own.Veteran's fought for that right. Many said that it could not be done, but they have shown that it could be done, when given the proper resources. Some of the obstacles they had overcome were getting people to give money to homeless people. But once people saw what was happening, the support started to flow in. They have come a long way in the past six years, from over 50 tents to the four shelters that are operated today. Including a Veteran's shelter that opened in 2010. There were no high paid staff or administration expenses, other than the office supplies, leases, and other bills that were needed to operate. In comparison to others, it would cost close to $5 million dollars to provide the services that last year were given on less than $160,000.They have received awards from GreatNonprofits, and many others over the past three years, and have more positive reviews than 18, 800 other charities around the United States. They still have a hard time getting funds for future innovative projects, as many do not want to admit, that it could be done. They have been pioneers since the start, and have shown that most of the homeless Veteran's problem can be solved.Homelessness has become a multibillion dollar business. And just like any other industry, there will be no end to it as many jobs would be lost and it has become a major part of our economy. Thanks to a state grant, they now have an office person, and a caseworker which are paid. But there is far more to be done. They are only limited by funding. Sadly, there are many charities out there spending millions on advertising and operating costs, while those in the trenches and in the front lines receive very little support. The money spent on one commercial could make their projects get into high gear. And as many think that helping the problem in Citrus County , Florida does not help the rest of our Veterans around the United States. They are wrong. Homeless Veterans come to Citrus County Florida from the North due to health problems and warmer weather. And the Mission in Citrus homeless shelter's innovative and pioneer projects are able, and made to be a blue print for others. Like the military. They believe in.Get the job done. The Mission in Citrus has a very high success rate, due to offering a hand up and not a handout. And who better to help the homeless, then those who been there and have the knowledge to help others succeed. There is no one at the top making big bucks or scamming the American people. In fact, they support bills that make it a felony to use Veteran's for their own self interests. Thanks to their success. Walmart, Home Depot, Big Lots, Winn-Dixie, Bed Bath and Beyond, and many others have been giving them merchandise that they give away freely in the community. They have been told by many that they should have sold the merchandise to pay their bills. Since their founding in 2008, they have given away everything from cars, to helping all that they can, as it was freely given to them. In today's economy, many cannot even afford thrift stores. So they wish to challenge anyone reading this to help them get the sprinkler system that is needed to provide more beds for veterans. And to visibly show them if needed, that they stretch every dollar into 10. So many veterans have died while at the Mission In Citrus or after leaving, they have started a new website called helpveteransinneed.com. This new website will be to help all vets, not just those in Citrus County Florida. The Mission in Citrus Inc operates four shelters located in Crystal River, Floral City, and Inverness Florida… Our Mission is to help all in need regardless of their faith or lack of. It is not a requirement for any of our services. The Mission is a 501(c)3 Public Charity and all donations are tax deductible.  Over $.95 cents of every dollar goes directly to goods and services for homeless residents.

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Fiscal Year Starting: November 27, 2011
Fiscal Year Ending: November 27, 2012

Total Revenue $155,675
Total Expenses $153,147

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Pastor James Sleighter

Profile:

Our Founder and Director James Sleighter was homeless at age 12 , and then again at age 45. The Mission was founded after extensive research, and living and working at other shelters.He took what did not work and asked God to help him develop shelters that would.It has been a rough road and we are always works in progress. The Mission is well on it's way to being the top shelter system in the State. We feel our Director has been through it all ,and we are happy that he will lead us back into society as productive citizens..That's why we call him " Papa Bear". He has been there....Done that...   James was a ward of the State of Pennsylvania until age 21.He survived foster care , group homes,detention centers , adult prisons, and a system that had many faults.He was thrown out of school in the eight grade and later on obtained his GED. He also received his CDL License through MTA.   After his release,he worked for several youth facilities. Glen Mills School for Boys in Philadelphia, and a short stint for Loysville Secure Treatment Center in Loysville Pa. He once gain seen a system that was very flawed and helped few.James worked in the corrections industry for over ten years. He received training in suicide prevention, GGI, one to one counseling,supervisory training and much more. At Glen Mills, He worked his way from core instructor to pm supervisor, in charge of over 60 delinquent youth and ten staff. He coached wrestling and worked with the football team during their yearly camp.   more on our website at http://www.missionincitrus.com/ourfounder.html(http://www.missionincitrus.com/ourfounder.html)

Leadership Statement:

We are happy to announce the opening of the Homeless Brigade. The Mission in Citrus opened the new Veterans only, shelter in March 2010. The 25 bed shelter will allow us to better serve, those who served us. The shelter is a miracle in itself , as it was opened on less than $ 5000.. The Mission continues to move forward in faith , as we look for our fourth shelter. The Mission operates the largest shelter system outside Orlando or Tampa.

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Budget:
$60,000
Category:
None
Population Served:
Homeless
Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified
Military/Veterans

Program Description:

Faces Forgotten is a transitional shelter where homeless Veterans and other homeless men can stay without a preset time limit.They receive counseling through Celebrate Recovery, AA , and many other social service agencies..Help with benefits such as food stamps , SSI , job searches , training, education , and more are provided.

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Budget:
$82,000
Category:
Alcohol, Drug, Substance Abusers
Population Served:
Adults
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens

Program Description:

The Mission In Citrus has developed a comprehensive, no nonsense recovery program that offers a positive Christian atmosphere which is conducive to recovery of individuals with individual, group counseling, in-house meetings, interfaith meditation, education sessions, and a growth schedule based upon all aspects of recovery. Our treatment team is dedicated to providing the best possible recovery care for each individual during the their “homeless stay” here at the Mission In Citrus, while each individual searches for work and works on recovery as they strive towards their own individual life and a place of their own. To summarize our Program Offerings: Psychiatric evaluation and follow-up Individual and group counseling Education and study sessions on recovery, substance abuse and relapse prevention Introduction to self-help groups, including mandatory attendance at daily multi-purpose meetings, interfaith meditation, book studies, and in-house meetings Continuing care Family program Referrals to specialized counseling for PTSD, eating disorders, sexual abuse, anger management Peer problem solving and discussion Assistance in developing skills for independent living Assistance in developing skills for implementing life changes, managing personal growth, and reducing/managing stress Assistance in learning to develop healthy relationships Progressive personal and group responsibilities Superior living accommodations Food for daily meals Laundry facilities Homeless interim residence Planned Social and Recreational Activities House and Personal Anonymity Numerous Local Support Meetings Interfaith Meditation and Prayer Services Transportation The Mission In Citrus shelter facilities and comprehensive programs is the right choice for anyone wanting to start a new life, a choice that offers hope, self-worth, dignity, and a future for you and your family. By applying what you learn and experience here at the Mission In Citrus, you can build a strong foundation that will help you continue the lifelong process of recovery and experience new found friendship at our family-style setting.

Program Long-Term Success:

Follow up and getting results that are tracked and seen. Opening the program to the public, and using those who have been helped as instructors .

Program Short-Term Success:

Getting those in need immediately into detox to start their recovery Putting a roof over their head, as it is hard to help those in the woods and swamps

Program Success Monitored by:

Tracking and communication. HMIS system which keeps track of the homeless

Program Success Examples:

We have already helped over 1000 people get their lives in order since 2010 when we moved from tents to shelters
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The Mission Homeless Shelters are run by formerly and presently homeless staff. The Mission is proud of their 90% success rate. During 2013 - 14 We have so far : Served 68,000 meals Provided over 20,000 bed nights Delivered over 5000 meals , bikes,tents,sleeping bags,lanterns and much more to our homeless Veteran's in the woods Our Mountain Bike patrols through Operation Mercy Call have reached those who have never been reached before.We ride through the woods and swamps in several counties.Unfortunately a dead body was found on our rounds.At least we were able to see him get a proper burial. Thanks to a grant from Winn Dixie, we now have a jeep to get further into the woods to deliver food ,tents, sleeping bags, medical supplies and more to our Veterans, men, women and children.
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