About Us

The Beginning

     The CITA Rescue Mission was founded in 1969 by Johnny & Helen Ellison.  The Mission's goal has never changed providing extended relief to the addicted, hungry, hurting, and homeless.  This is done by meeting their immediate needs of food and shelter, while presenting the opportunity to come to know Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior. It is the CITA Rescue Mission's goal to be the premiere Christian Facility in the United States helping people overcome life's addictions.  


The Future


      At CITA we also realize there is a tremendous population of homeless  women, and mother's with children.  Homelessness is rough enough on a adult and is particularly devastating for children and families.  It is our desire to provide a facility that meets the needs of homeless women and children.  With your help, the CITA Rescue Mission will expand to include "Helen's House".  This will be a place for homeless women, and mother's with children, where they can stay while regaining their footing to allow them to return to a self-supporting lifestyle.  Our desire is to provide shelter, food, love, and support while offering a new hope through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. "Christ Is The Answer", for all the problems and hardships we face.  Become a CITA Partner to help make a difference in the lives of families in our community and beyond.



Over 85% of CITA's operating revenue comes from Thrift Store sales and items donated by the community.  All other funding comes through individuals and community partners.


Facilities and other occupancy expenses, salaries, and insurance make up our largest expenses.   We are good stewards of the gifts made to CITA in meeting our mission.


CITA, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that was established in 1969. Contributions are tax deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law. 

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