The Mission in Citrus Veteran's Shelter Accomplishes a 96% Success Rate by Going Outside the Box

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The Mission In Citrus reaches it's eight year anniversary of helping homeless Veterans,by celebrating a 96% success rate.

​​​The Mission in Citrus is proud to announce today,that they have achieved a 96% success rate for this fiscal year.They have been helping Veterans since 2008 , and continually work out side the box to make it all work. It was all achieved with Veterans helping Veterans. They constantly see miracles happening, as many former residents keep in contact, and visit regularly , which rarely ever happens with a homeless shelter.Their new goal for next year is to put one hundred more Veterans into homes. Many go by paperwork data alone.The Mission keeps up with them,knows where they live, work, and are always there for further help.And they accomplished it all, on one of the lowest budgets around. They value every dollar and stretch a dime into a dollar.

This year, HUD decided not to make shelters a priority and it effects many of our Veterans. Shelter is needed to get them prepared for a better life. Further education,working on their disability , and many other services that are provided are hard to accomplish without shelter.Florida Governor Rick Scott needs to give the many hard working shelters some relief as well. And President Obama needs to get HUD back on the right track as many shelters are starting to close.Our Veteran's have been through enough, and not enough is being done to help them.

If we do not help them..Who will ?

James Sleighter, Founder

Their system works, but is not widely known as they do not put out multi million dollar advertising. The Founder feels that many Veteran's could be helped as he watches these ads. His thoughts are that if they can afford such large advertising budgets,they do not need donations.

Their mission is to help all in need to the best of  their ability. They follow the parable of the Good Samaritan, as there are no requirements for their services.They do require proof that they were in the military , as there are many out there pretending to be Veterans. They 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. Their 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, the Mission program is designed for those who are less than perfect and know it, but want and need health, outreach, spiritual, and social services. They seek to empower homeless Veterans of all ages to meet their own needs. Recognizing the uniqueness,dignity, and value of each person, and 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 takes in Veterans from all over.They feel that all Veterans should be helped. Many Veteran's move to Florida for health reasons or migrate around the US looking for jobs. They also do not believe Veterans should be flipping burgers. 

The Mission in Citrus is a non profit 501 (c) 3 , and has high ratings on the links provided.Watch our video, and you will see part of their amazing work.

Source: The Mission In Citrus Inc


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