The Path of Citrus County

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At The Path, we refer to ourselves as a "GOSPEL RESCUE MISSION." We are compelled foremost by Jesus' instructions to actively care for those in need and to introduce them to the life-transforming Gospel of Jesus Christ. Providing a protective refuge from fatigue and failure are critical first steps of a slow journey leading to new desires, choices, and direction in life. A gospel rescue mission like The Path prepares people to have meaningful roles leading to stability and purposeful living in our communities. During their stay men, women and their children are provided a compassionate, safe and structured environment while the proper long-term needs are addressed.

Contact information

Mailing address:
The Path of Citrus County
PO Box 3024
Inverness, FL 34451


Phone: 352-527-6500

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 593111520

CEO/President: DuWayne Sipper

Chairman: Stuart Green

Board size: 6

Founder: DuWayne Sipper

Ruling year: 1992

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2013


To bring the good news and teachings of Jesus Christ to those in need by means of example according to Mathew 25:35, "For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, for I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me."(NIV)

Mission statement

Our mission is to provide a Christian living environment that allows true rehabilitation. To allow long term stays for life changing biblical teachings to take effect. To encourage the work ethic for those without a home.

Statement of faith

We wish to avoid the temptation to argue our commission. We will keep the spirit of Christ's love in accomplishing what God has told us to do. We seek the Holy Spirit's guidance on how to distribute all of God's assets. We will serve the public with humility, honesty and integrity.

We believe the Bible to be the inspired, infallible, and authoritative Word of God.

We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

We believe in the Deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, His sinless life, His atoning death on the cross, and His bodily resurrection from the grave.

We believe that Jesus Christ ascended to the right hand of the Father, now rules as Head of His Body, the Church, and will personally return in power and glory.

We believe that man in his natural state is lost and thus alienated from God and that salvation through personal faith in the person and work of Jesus Christ is essential.

We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit, by whose indwelling a Christian is made spiritually alive and enabled to live a Godly life.

We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost, they who are saved unto the resurrection of life, and they who are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.

We believe in the spiritual unity of the believers in Christ.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Rescue Missions/Homeless Shelters

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating750 of 109799 of 145
Fund acquisition rating507 of 109966 of 145
Resource allocation rating593 of 109968 of 145
Asset utilization rating909 of 1097131 of 145

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$9,174$16,999$49,452$44,705$101,676
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$668,785$761,945$626,322$467,256$519,988
Long-term investments$29,390$29,705$0$0$0
Fixed assets$2,452,483$2,549,503$2,515,199$2,456,973$2,377,371
Other long-term assets$35,713$29,647$22,256$4,776$4,776
Total long-term assets$2,517,586$2,608,855$2,537,455$2,461,749$2,382,147
Total assets$3,186,371$3,370,800$3,163,777$2,929,005$2,902,135
Payables and accrued expenses$33,126$18,418$46,383$28,572$40,719
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$33,126$18,418$46,383$28,572$40,719
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$271,720$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$271,720$347,215$516,747$520,728$565,310
Total liabilities$304,846$365,633$563,130$549,300$606,029
Net assets20222021202020192018
Without donor restrictions$2,855,970$3,005,167$2,600,647$2,369,705$2,296,106
With donor restrictions$25,555$0$0$10,000$0
Net assets$2,881,525$3,005,167$2,600,647$2,379,705$2,296,106
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$709,263$951,352$952,079$641,073$901,701
Program service revenue$246,584$216,747$212,938$199,698$228,852
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$5,069$54,736$6,680$7,011$1,360
Other revenue$153,234$242,792$56,250$61,586$8,176
Total other revenue$404,887$514,275$275,868$268,295$238,388
Total revenue$1,114,150$1,465,627$1,227,947$909,368$1,140,089
Program services$969,024$883,507$492,237$523,744$535,835
Management and general$180,771$118,183$344,525$199,652$94,685
Total expenses$1,222,118$1,059,559$999,261$824,769$798,569
Change in net assets20222021202020192018
Surplus (deficit)($107,968)$406,068$228,686$84,599$341,520
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($107,968)$406,068$228,686$84,599$341,520


Duwayne SipperExecutive Di$69,600

Compensation data as of: 12/31/2022

Response from ministry

No response has been provided by this ministry.

The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 10/13/2023. To update the information below, please email: [email protected]


Located in rural Citrus County, Florida, (approximately 90 miles north of Tampa), The Path has been in operation since 2001 and sheltered over 2,500 homeless or displaced men, women and children. In 2019, after completing a four-year capital campaign, The Path finished major renovations on a motel complex and moved sheltering, programs and operations there. This campus is ideally suited to shelter more women with children, single men with their children and intact families. The Path is a privately funded 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and relies almost entirely upon the private donations of the Citrus and Marion County communities to run its programs.


1997 - Founder and Executive Director DuWayne Sipper began sharing the vision for a biblically-based shelter and life-transforming addiction recovery program for homeless with local churches and organizations.

1999 - An existing local prison ministry with an established 501-c-3 voted to dissolve and turn over the non-profit By Laws, Articles of Incorporation, and existing funds to The Path with DuWayne Sipper as Executive Director.

2000 - The Path Shelter Bargain Store was opened in Inverness, FL to raise funds and awareness.

2001 - The shelter had its official grand opening in Beverly Hills, located in Citrus County, FL. Two adjacent houses were acquired--one to house up to 6 men and the other to house up to 6 women and their children. Churches, individuals, and organizations remodeled and furnished these houses. Volunteer staff was trained. A detached garage was renovated to serve as a multi-purpose office for case management, life-skills programs, classes and other functions.

2005 - The Path was loaned 10 acres of land to grow pesticides-free vegetables, with an additional 5 acres loaned 5 years later. This farm continues to provide healthy food for both the shelter and local community, plus supervised "work therapy" to help with improving physical health and addiction recovery.

2007 - The Path Shelter Bargain Store moved to its current location in Lecanto, FL and provides a supervised "work therapy" program for men and women at the shelter.

2010 - The Path acquired another adjacent house for sheltering up to 6 more men. For sustainability, a Farm Co-op was started in response to community demand so that locally-grown food was available to residents nearly year round. Also in 2010, The Path of Marion County was established with the opening of Path Bargains, a clothing thrift store in Dunnellon. The objective was to partner with feeding organizations in Marion County and eventually operate a rescue mission south of Ocala.

2011 - The Path acquired 2 more adjacent houses. One was dedicated to expanding addiction recovery bed space for up to 6 more men and the other to program operations, client services and case management.

2013 - The Path acquired a sixth adjacent house for executive administration, development, finance, board activities and donor relations.

2015-2019 - Leadership recognized the need to expand The Path to be able to shelter more women with multiple children, infants to teens, men with their children and intact families. An old motel complex down the street from the existing shelter houses was ideally suited for this vision. When the first lead gift of $300,000 was received from a donor's estate, leadership officially launched a $1.85M capital campaign to purchase the motel property. Purchase was finalized in 2018 and renovations began.

2019 - By the fall of 2019, men and women at The Path were being sheltered at the renovated motel campus. The cafeteria was opened to clients and programs began operations at this facility.

2020 - In June, The Path officially launched its "New Life Program": a year-long program of four phases, each lasting approximately three months with evaluation at each phase. Classes were expanded and moved to the daytime to cover physical health, boundaries, anger management, practical and soft life skills, training programs for basic construction and cook skills, spiritual growth, recovery and many other wellness classes-in addition to work therapy at the grounds, bargain stores and farm.

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