Executive Director, DuWayne Sipper
Located in rural Citrus County, Florida, (approximately 90 mi. north of Tampa), The Path has been in operation since 2001 and sheltered over 1,000 homeless or displaced men, women and children. Most were from Citrus County.
Through the joint efforts of community churches, scores of volunteers, private donors, donations and local grants, The Path of Citrus County initially provided one house dedicated to the needs of homeless men, one house dedicated to the needs of homeless women and their children, an administrative office, a play area and sanctuary garden. A second (adjacent) shelter house for men was acquired in August 2008. In 2010, a fourth adjacent house was added. The Path added this house to shelter families or single parents with several children and high-school age children.
In 2012, a fifth house was acquired for expanded administration. This facility will be utilized for Client Services, general meetings, volunteer orientation, case management and other operations functions.
Clients are sheltered in four adjacent houses in Beverly Hills, Florida. Each has capacity for 6 beds (two houses for six men each, one house for six women, one house for emergency sheltering for individuals and families with several children, bed capacity of 6)). Each house includes personal space, laundry, kitchen/dining area, bathrooms, and common area. The Path can accommodate single parents (male or female parent) and their children. Other facilities include storage, wood shop, and a multi-purpose building for onsite programs.
A leased property in the Inverness area (Citrus County) includes a house that can accommodate Path shelter graduates or interns and a Resident Advisor. This property also includes a green house, wood shop and other buildings for growing fish, refrigerated storage, and other environmentally-friendly farming activities. The facility is ideally suited and equipped to teach trades in woodwork or agriculturally-related skills.
The Path also operates two bargain stores for added sustainability, supervised work for clients, fulfillment of court-ordered community service hours, employment or job-retraining, and to provide benefits to our community. The original bargain store, now located in Lecanto, Florida, has been in operation for more than 10 years and sells new or gently used-furniture, appliances, household furnishings and other items.