The Path of Citrus County provides a safe haven and Christian living environment for homeless / displaced individuals or families seeking to escape abuse, overcome addiction, strengthen family relationships, and learn productive work ethic in order to rebuild their lives and break the cycle of poverty. Since opening in 2001, The Path has sheltered 1,700 Citrus County men, women and children. The Path is in the final stages of renovating a hotel in Beverly Hills that will allow it to further its mission. As a complement to its shelter, the 501 (c) (3) operates two bargain stores and a 15 acre farm yielding 15,000 pounds of produce each year. Black Diamond Foundation provided a $19,350 grant in 2018 to assist in the hotel renovation. Learn more.
The Citrus County Family Resource Center supports struggling families and individuals in a variety of ways. This 501 (c)(3) accepts and distributes clothing, household goods and furniture. They provide parent education classes, work experience for handicapped students, medical and dental transportation, and cancer screening. The Center helps families meet their food needs during the summer months and provides tents to the homeless. Bicycles are provided to individuals for work transportation. They provide Christmas gifts to 2,000 children. Black Diamond Foundation provided $5,000 in 2019 to help purchase food during the summer. In addition, the BDLGA provided funding for the Family Resource Center’s cancer screening program through their 4C Golf Tournament.
Mission United is a national United Way program administered at the local level to help veterans. Mission United in Citrus County has a full time Director to connect the veterans to area resources and services to help with various problems. In addition, Mission United maintains a “Got Your Back Fund” which is a discretionary fund for help with housing, utilities, home repairs, shelter, furnishings, and other needs. Black Diamond Foundation has given $5,000 to the “Got Your Back Fund” thus far in 2019. Click to see the Mission United web site