3 Ways to Change a Life: Give food. Give shelter. Give hope.

For people like Tom, the gift of a satisfying meal and a warm bed is often the beginning of renewed hope.

Homeless and sleeping in the woods, Tom was beaten and robbed. Hurt and desperate for help, Tom committed a petty crime just for the security of a jail cell.

Jail was the best place for Tom, because that’s where he heard about The Path!  For Tom, The Path was a safe haven from a tough world. Tom plans to stay on for a while once he’s employed so he can save some money, get firmly on his feet and go deeper in his walk with the Lord.

By providing nourishing meals, a peaceful night’s rest or assistance in other areas of service, your online gift today can start someone like Tom on the path to a new life in Christ. And, in our community!

Will you make a generous online gift right now  to help provide nourishing meals, safe shelter and lasting hope to our brothers and sisters in need?

It’s exciting to see men and women at The Path begin to feel hope — especially when their past year was filled with hardship.

Thank you for your prayers as we prepare to care for our hungry and homeless neighbors this busy Thanksgiving season.  Men and women at The Path will surely give thanks for you, too!

I WANT TO HELP NOW

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Urgently Needed Items! As of 11/17/2014

The Path needs canned goods and several household items:

13 gal. Garbage bags, Dish soap, Pine Sol, Bleach, Toilet Paper, Windex

Collecting needed household and other items for The Path is a great community service project for groups, businesses, Sunday School and Missions, and other organizations! Call 352-527-6500 extension 9 to arrange pickup or drop off of collected items– Thank you

Check out Get Connected! for other needs & visit our Volunteer page to learn more about serving at The Path.

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Interested in fresh, pesticides-free food grown locally? Try The Path Farm Co-op!

IMG_1658Support Healthy Lifestyles- Naturally Grown Vegetables, No Pesticides

Looking for a local farm co-op to join?

Consider membership with The Path Farm Co-op. Sign up now while memberships are still available for the upcoming season, October-March. Call 352-527-6500, ext 8 for fall membership price, payment options, questions, or to sign up by phone!

The Path Farm Co-op offers your family the opportunity to enjoy a variety of healthy vegetables and greens. Click on the link and scroll down the page to download The Path’s Farm & Co-op brochure and learn more!

Why would your family want to join The Path Farm’s Co-op? Mainly for the freshest vegetables you can buy and to support our community. Most vegetables are harvested within 24 hours of the time you receive them. That means they have less time to lose their flavor and nutritional value. Perhaps for health reasons, no pesticides or preservatives being sprayed on your food is attractive to you. The Path Farm grows naturally using environment-friendly resources– like worm castings, river muck and other nutrient-rich resources to grow tasty, nutritious vegetables.

Supporting The Path’s Farm Co-op means you are helping the men and women at The Path shelter improve their lifestyles. The Path grows, harvests and prepares your co-op basket — all you have to do is pick it up and enjoy!!

A current member explains what this program means to her: “We love what you and the farm are doing. We love our chance to do our own little part. I’m a 48 yr old native Floridian that LOVES okra after last summer’s season. Every little bit of change and growth the farm has brought to us has been good.”

IMG_1097The vegetables you receive from The Path’s farm will vary in size and appearance during the season, looking and tasting similar to those you would grow in your own home garden. The Path raises vegetables that grow best in this area during the growing seasons, approximately six months– April through the end of September for summer veggies, and October-March for winter veggies.

Participants make a financial commitment by purchasing a 6-month membership and take the same risk as the farmer in terms of weather and growing conditions.  In return, members receive a basket of locally-grown vegetables on a weekly basis. Occasionally, The Path has been able to offer “U Pick It” days: an opportunity for co-op members to pick their own vegetables.

The health benefits are well worth the risk! Find out more or enroll by calling 352-527-6500 x8.

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Immediate Volunteer Needs!

You can help The Path and make a difference in the lives of men and women in need of hope. How? Check out these current needs for yourself or a friend:

  • Parenting Coaches- train Path clients in Effective Parenting skills. Very basic from prepared material. Every other Monday night, 1 hour, onsite at The Path.
  • Employment Coaches- train Path clients in Effective Employment Searching. Very basic from prepared material: resumes, online applications, contacting managers for potential jobs & follow-up, how to do a simple interview, appropriate dress to job-search, etc.–plus other program topics as needed. Weekly, Monday nights- 1 hour, 8-week session rotation. Onsite at The Path.
  • Nutrition Coaches- teach Path clients Nutrition Basics using the vegetables they grow at The Path’s farm, teach healthy eating using less fat, salt, sugar & balanced diets– plus any other program topics as needed. Every other Monday night, 1- 1.5 hours onsite at The Path.
  • Alcoholics Victorious Coach for Women- to lead Christian, biblically-based 12-step program for women to promote recovery from broken relationships, destructive habits & addictions of all kinds. Based on the 12-step AA program. Every Tuesday night, 1- 1.5 hours onsite at The Path.
  • Receptionist/Greeters- assist staff at our new office by greeting office guests & directing donations, scheduled handymen, and other requests; light office work & answering phone calls as needed. Generally needed 11am-3pm, week days. Number of days to fit your schedule!
  • Bargain Store Sales Associates at The Path’s Dunnellon Bargain Store on W Pennsylvania- greet customers, ring up cash & credit card purchases, getting clothing tagged & on racks. Currently need teams of 2-3 on Tuesdays or Fridays to cover an 8-hour day (we could stagger the schedules to cover the 8-hour period).
  • Transportation help- Use Path vans to transport clients to ad hoc appointments & other needs. Path Office Manager would contact you in advance with schedule.
  • Food Drive volunteers- help us collect needed items for The Path at scheduled stores one Saturday per month.

Call The Path’s Volunteer Coordinator, Debi Eorgan at 352-527-6500 x9 or email at pathcc.volunteers@gmail.com to let us know if you or a friend would be interested in any of these volunteer positions.

Visit The Path’s website http://www.pathofcitrus.org and click on GET CONNECTED to download a Path Volunteer application. We can also mail one to you if you are not able to download the form.

We love and appreciate our volunteers and recognize that we could not do this ministry without you!

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Looking for something special to do this Christmas?

Join us for the Citrus Family Christmas Celebration…Or consider becoming a Path Angel!

Citrus Family Christmas

11am- 5pm, Citrus Bldrs Assoc. Bldg, 1196 S Lecanto Hwy
Call (352)341-0173 for additional information about sponsorship, food and items needed, or to volunteer!

We pray God’s blessings this holiday! We wanted to let you know about some special opportunities to consider and share with your friends: something a little different to celebrate Christmas with The Path. This year, we extending the invitation to other homeless persons and shelters in the community on Christmas Day, December 25. The Path seeks to partner with other organizations with similar missions in order to benefit as many homeless persons as possible this holiday season. Special attention will also be focused on community residents that do not want to be alone for Christmas day by either volunteering or joining in the festivities. Volunteers from the community will be asked to help throughout the duration of the day with various fun, rewarding tasks that focus on giving back to those in need and the local organizations that serve them.

The festivities begin on Christmas Day at 11 a.m. and run through 5 p.m. that evening. They will include a variety of games, entertainment, a Christmas dinner, and organizing the donations collected with wish lists from other local organizations.

Persons interested in contributing food or other items are asked to bring their donations to any one of the following locations from now until Christmas Day:

  • The Path Bargain Store located at 1729 W Gulf to Lake Hwy, Lecanto
  • Sheldon-Palmes Insurance of Hernando, 1037 E Norvell Bryant Hwy, Hernando
  • The Path’s Main Office located at 21 Melbourne St, Beverly Hills

Or drop off at the Builder’s Association Building on Christmas day as early as 7 am throughout the day until 5 pm!

Please join us on Christmas Day to bring back the magic of Christmas to those who thought it gone forever. This event brings out the best of Citrus County and for one special day at least, brings our community together toward a common goal. This is the time of the season that we ensure that everyone has a “home” for Christmas to spend that special day with “family”. No one should be alone on Christmas Day!

Some of the items requested for the event include:

  • Volunteers
  • Food & Desserts
  • Donated Gift Items
  • Gift cards- Walmart, grocery stores, gas cards
  • Non-perishable food items
  • Personal Hygiene items
  • Birthday & Thinking of You cards …and other items

Business and other sponsorships are welcome! Please contact the Christmas Event Coordinators at (352)341-0173 for additional information about sponsorship, food and items needed, or to volunteer!

Thanks to our committed friends and volunteers… for making a difference and sharing God’s love in meaningful ways!

The Path’s Christmas Angels

It is especially difficult being displaced at this time of year, so your generosity will have a double impact–not only giving a gift, but also helping men and women at The Path feel the love and care of knowing someone is thinking of them.

How the Christmas Angel
program works:
We prepare Christmas Lists for each person listing Needs and Wish items. You determine how many you want to sponsor, and we’ll get you the lists. Then you decide which items from the Christmas list you would like to purchase for your selected person(s). Some choose to give everything on the list (the whole family joins in and find amazing bargains!), but we don’t ask that you do that. It is totally up to you!

Wrap the gift(s) and attach a tag with the first name on the package, and we ask that you do not identify yourself as the giver. Drop your gifts off at the shelter office by Friday, December 21, 3pm  so that Kristy (Path office manager) has a chance to organize them. Our office is located at 21 S. Melbourne Street in Beverly Hills, the street directly behind the Beverly Hills Motel (take the turn at the light for Beverly Hills Blvd, off 491).

Please don’t include cash! If you would like to give a gift card, put in an envelope with the person’s name and given directly to Kristy so that the intended gifts are purchased and the gift card is utilized appropriately. For questions or to volunteer as a Path Christmas Angel, give us a call at 352-527-6500 x9.
–Debi Eorgan, Vol. Coordinator & Kathryn Sipper, Development Director

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10 Annual Harvest Hope Banquet

Announcing The Path’s 10th Annual Harvest Hope Fundraising Banquet on Friday, October 19, 2012 at the First Baptist Church of Crystal River, 700 Citrus Ave. Doors open at 5:30pm. Buffet dinner & program 6pm-8:30pm.

This year’s banquet program focuses on our strategic ministry to the addicted, the abused, the displaced, the lost– and your impact on transforming their lives. Hear from the men and women whose lives are different today because you care!

Now you have the opportunity to expand this ministry to the hungry and hurting in far more significant ways than ever before. The needs are growing, and we have strategic plans we want to share with you as well as invite you to make an immediate impact through The Path this year!

Our special guest speaker is Selena Hayle, a former executive with the Jacksonville Rescue Mission, and current consultant representing the (national) Association of Gospel Rescue Missions (AGRM) for start-up and expanding rescue missions in the US, Caribbean and Canada.

Your generosity will have a tremendous impact as we work to provide food, clothing and safe shelter to men, women and their children who find themselves without a home or hope, plus comprehensive onsite programs that address their physical, emotional, relational and spiritual needs.

Between now and the banquet, please invite family members and friends who share your belief in The Path’s mission to provide a Christian living environment for men and women who find themselves without a home, life skills education to address the deeper issues a person may have, and who would be interested in learning about the vital work of The Path. Thank you for your role in providing food, clothing and safe shelter to men, women and their children who are without a home or hope. You are making a difference!

Thank you for sharing the gift of God’s Grace!

Table sponsorship: $275  |  Individual tickets as available: $40/pp or $75/couple  |  Call 352.527.6500 x5 or email ksipper@pathofcitrus.org for ticket or other information

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Path Farm Co-op Member Meeting

Support The Path Farm Co-op AND Healthy Lifestyles- Naturally Grown Vegetables, No Pesticides!

Attend our upcoming Co-op Members meeting on Friday, August 31, 6-7:30pm at College of Central Florida, S Lecanto Hwy in the Conference Center, rm. 103. You’ll get a chance to ask questions, sign up for the co-op season, meet our farmer, staff and other members, and see how your vegetables are grown!

Keeping farms in a community can be a positive for the community, but why would your family want to join The Path Farm’s Co-op? Mainly for the freshest vegetables you can buy and to support our community. Many vegetables are harvested within 24 hours of the time you receive them. That means they have less time to lose their flavor and nutritional value. Perhaps for health reasons, no pesticides or preservatives being sprayed on your food is attractive to you.

The Path Farm Co-op is offering you and your family the opportunity to enjoy a variety of healthy greens, kale, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower and other winter veggies grown naturally using environment-friendly resources– like worm castings, river muck and other nutrient-rich resources to grow tasty, nutritious vegetables.  Supporting The Path’s farm co-op means you are helping the men and women at The Path shelter improve their lifestyles.  Co-op “subscribers” make a financial commitment to the farm by buying “shares” (aka a subscription membership for six months). The shares provide the farm with the funds needed to plant, grow and harvest the crops. In return, the subscriber receives a basket – or “share” — of seasonal produce throughout the fall/winter season, every Friday or Saturday, depending on your pickup arrangements.  Pickups are located at The Hernando Farmer’s Market produce stand on Hwy. 41 (south of Chicken King).

A current member explains what this program means to her: ” We love what you and the farm are doing. We love our chance to do our own little part. I’m a 48 yr old native Floridian that LOVES okra after this summer. Every little bit of change and growth the farm has brought to us has been good.”

Members pay the same whether it turns out to be a bumper year or a skinny one. Weather conditions have a lot to do with the varieties that grow during a season, the quantity and how long a particular vegetable is available, and how much food is in your basket. Members and the farm together share the burden– and the bounty. Memberships are for the full six months, whether weekly pickups are made or not. Many members share the benefits of healthy food by donating their basket to friends, family members or other organizations when they are not able to make their pickup.

The vegetables you receive from The Path’s farm will vary in size and appearance during the season, looking and tasting similar to those you would grow in your own home garden. The vegetables in the grocery store tend to be more uniform and perfect, because those varieties are chosen mainly to keep their appearance through shipping and storage, and then graded to remove those that are misshapen or have blemishes. The varieties we grow were chosen for their flavor and their ability to produce well in our climate, and are not expected to look perfect.

Comparing our co-op membership price to prices in the grocery store is not a good track of thinking. Basket contents may vary from week to week and there is no guarantee of the exact amount of vegetables in your basket.  You can purchase extra produce and other food items at their retail prices from Hernando Farmer’s Market produce stand, our business partner. We do our best to give you as much quantity and variety available at harvest from The Path’s farm. If we do supplement your basket, we’ll do our best to inform you!

The health benefits are well worth the risk.

Using natural environmentally-friendly methods and no pesticides, The Path raises vegetables that grow best in this area during the fall and winter growing seasons, approximately six months from October to the end of March.  We grow, we harvest and we pack the produce — all you have to do is enjoy the bounty!! You make a financial commitment to the farm by purchasing a membership (aka a subscription), take the same risk as the farmer, and receive a basket of our locally-grown vegetables on a weekly basis. We have also been able to offer “You Pick It” days, an opportunity for co-op members to come out to the farm and pick their own produce.

For more information about The Path’s upcoming Fall 2012 Farm Co-op or the member meeting, email info@pathofcitrus.org.  To learn more about The Path’s farm project, visit www.thepathcommunity.org.

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Welcome to the World of RESCUE

Image    At The Path, we refer to ourselves as a “gospel rescue mission.” Many are not familiar with the term, which describes our purpose and what we do.  Many also do not know we are part of a national association—the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions (AGRM). Rescue missions pull people to safety from adverse conditions, and from choices and habits that lead to damage and death. We present people with a gospel that is about life transformation in Jesus. Our programs help people break the bonds of addiction and desperate behavior, and experience healing and wholeness. Our labors of Christian love prepare people to dwell in our communities, and to have meaningful roles leading to stability and purposeful living.

    Gospel is part of our name because our leaders are compelled foremost by Jesus’ instructions to actively care for those in need, and to introduce them to the liberating good news of His kingdom and all it represents. Our name includes rescue because delivering those in need from danger is the critical and consuming first part of a sometimes slow but always exciting journey that leads to new desires, choices, and direction in life.  The word missions is in our name because those in need see each of their structures as a bastion of protection and a refuge from fatigue and failure, similar in concept to those Southwestern sanctuaries built by pioneering padres long ago.

    The Path’s Rescue Mission and Farm Project can address many needs here. We can provide work, training, organically-grown food to the community at all economic levels, a farm co-op, and in the future, even more beneficial opportunities.

    With your help, we can provide these and teach our neighbors to provide for themselves. The often-quoted ancient Chinese maxim still rings true: “Feed a man a fish and he eats for a day—teach him to fish and he eats for a lifetime.” Families become hunger-free when they can provide for themselves. To all our friends and neighbors in Citrus and Marion Counties: Welcome to the world of rescue and thank you for being a part of this community mission.

    In His Service,

    DuWayne and Kathryn Sipper- The Path of Citrus County

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