• Furniture
  • Appliances
  • Clothing
  • Household Items
  • Sports Items
  • Books
  • Jewelry
  • Toys
  • Tools
  • Fresh Produce
  • Baked Goods
  • Meat & Poultry
  • Food in Cans
    Boxes &
    Plastic Jars
  • Help with Rent
  • Help with Utilities
  • Help with Photo IDs
  • Medical Equipment

Social Services

Daystar Life Center of Citrus County offers various kinds of immediate assistance to county residents who are poor or homeless, or to county families with children who are struggling financially due to a verifiable crisis. As long as they meet our eligibility criteria we offer primarily food, clothing and some financial help---mostly rent or utility assistance.  Financial assistance is limited to those who have a hardship due to circumstances or conditions beyond their control and that they can sustain themselves after receiving help from us.

The Food Pantry, the Thrift Store and the Social Services Office are open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.

However, people who are seeking financial assistance must first schedule an appointment and then come to Daystar prepared with the required documentation.

Those needing food or clothing may come without an appointment to the Social Services Office.  However, one must arrive between 9 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. for CLOTHING and between 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. for FOOD.

Daystar Life Center is closed on weekends, federal holidays, Good Friday, the week of July 4th, Thanksgiving Day weekend, and the weeks including Christmas and New Year’s Day.

Our Food Pantry is available two (2) times per MONTH per eligible individual or household.

We offer free clothing from our Thrift Store four (4) times per year per eligible individual or household.

Financial Assistance is available one (1) time per year per eligible individual or household for:

  • Rent to avert eviction or mortgage to avoid foreclosure
  • Electric or water utilities to prevent disconnection
  • Photo IDs or birth certificates

Clients may also be eligible for other services or aid that we are able to offer on a case-by-case basis.

Eligibility Criteria

To receive any services from Daystar Life Center, one must be:

  • a resident of Citrus County
  • capable of coming to our Social Services Office during posted times
  • timely in providing all required documentation

Daystar exists to offer services to those who are:

  • poor  [according to federal, state and/or county definitions and income guidelines]
  • homeless  [according to federal, state and/or county definitions and guidelines]
  • families with children in a downward financial spiral due to a verifiable crisis [limited to poor and lower middle class families, which include either single parent/legal guardian or dual parents/legal guardians with a child or children of age 17 or younger]

When we use the term "household" we are referring to the total number of people residing together, who are responsible to one another. A household may be one adult, or any married or unmarried couple, or any number of adults (ages 18 and older) with legal custody of children (ages 17 or younger) or without any children.

When determining eligibility for services, Daystar Life Center does not discriminate on the basis of religion or creed, race or color, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital or familial status, age, physical or mental ability, ethnicity or national origin, or military or veteran status.

Because we are careful stewards of the donations and grants that we receive, people who are seeking assistance from us must provide the following:

Required Documentation

  • Photo ID — for every adult in the household
  • Birth Certificates or Custody Documents — for every child younger than 18
  • Printed Proof of Social Security Numbers — for every household member
    [Social Security card, Medicare card, latest federal income tax return, 1099 form (1st pg.), SSD/SSI benefit statement, DCF benefit printout, paycheck stub, or school shot record]
  • Printed Proof of Residence
    [lease, current SNAP (food stamps) benefit letter, Medicaid benefit letter, or SSI/SSD benefit statement]
  • Printed Proof of Income
    [current SSI/SSD benefit statement, paycheck stub, or W-2 form]
  • Notice of Eviction or Utility Disconnection — for rent or utility assistance

If any clients cannot produce one of the required forms of documentation, we may be able to offer assistance to obtain the proof that is needed to verify their eligibility for assistance.

 

OTHER SERVICES OFFERED:

Assistive equipment for the infirmed or disabled (when donated and available):

wheelchairs, commodes, walkers, rolling walkers, shower stools, crutches, canes

Equipment and supplies for the homeless (when donated and available):

bicycles, tents, sleeping bags, blankets, tarps, flashlights, can openers, sterno, personal hygiene products

Gifts for children of low-income families (when donated and available):

school supplies, backpacks, Christmas and Easter gifts, shoes and socks, coats and jackets

Cold weather provisions for low-income residents (when donated and available):

blankets, coats and jackets