CITA, Inc.

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CITA Rescue Mission was started as a means to help the needy. We are a motivation and a great help to those in a time of need. We take this wonderful opportunity to do what our Lord has commanded us to do and tell others about Him.

Contact information

Mailing address:
CITA, Inc.
2330 Johnny Ellison Drive
Melbourne, FL 32901


Phone: 321-725-5160


Organization details

EIN: 591273570

CEO/President: Buddy Morrow


Board size: 5

Founder: Johnny and Helen Ellison

Year founded: 1971

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: No

Member of ECFA since:


Our faith based program is designed to help anyone experiencing homelessness connect with solutions that best fit their unique situation. From emergency services like meals and shelter, to more long-term solutions like rehabilitation, job training and transitional housing opportunities, there are no problems too big for our loving God, and through HIM, we are here to help guide those we serve to a victorious and productive life. We focus on teaching men how to live a victorious life according to the Word of God, while achieving educational, vocational, occupational, and personal goals in order to become self-reliant and independent.

Mission statement

Transforming the lives of the homeless and hurting in our community by sharing the Gospel and the compassion of Christ, while providing shelter and intervention through faith-based, life changing support.

Statement of faith

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Rescue Missions/Homeless Shelters

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating709 of 817132 of 150
Fund acquisition rating408 of 81778 of 150
Resource allocation rating794 of 817146 of 150
Asset utilization rating613 of 817122 of 150

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$4,281$0$0$0$0
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$629,011$501,423$426,407$375,819$391,474
Long-term investments$105$105$105$105$105
Fixed assets$2,009,028$1,985,843$1,982,343$1,791,191$1,756,667
Other long-term assets$95,168$129,940$160,686$180,606$185,328
Total long-term assets$2,104,301$2,115,888$2,143,134$1,971,902$1,942,100
Total assets$2,733,312$2,617,311$2,569,541$2,347,721$2,333,574
Payables and accrued expenses$0$0$0$0$0
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$12,444$8,815$7,502$4,195$4,493
Total long-term liabilities$113,462$114,283$116,494$117,923$122,053
Total liabilities$113,462$114,283$116,494$117,923$122,053
Net assets20192018201720162015
Temporarily restricted$0$0$0$0$0
Permanently restricted$0$0$0$0$0
Net assets$2,619,850$2,503,028$2,453,047$2,229,798$2,211,521
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$308,310$173,835$110,560$121,551$102,378
Program service revenue$640,624$583,570$584,751$518,088$544,828
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$7,471$9,556$10,207$11,781$16,932
Other revenue$11,944$11,944$11,944$0$23,888
Total other revenue$660,039$605,070$606,902$529,869$585,648
Total revenue$968,349$778,905$717,462$651,420$688,026
Program services$467,220$418,875$380,144$374,856$372,283
Management and general$350,533$272,735$288,132$265,498$256,489
Total expenses$851,527$729,255$681,585$642,437$634,140
Change in net assets20192018201720162015
Surplus (deficit)$116,822$49,650$35,877$8,983$53,886
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$116,822$49,650$35,877$8,983$53,886


Dr Bryan B Morrow JrExecutive Dir.$87,081

Compensation data as of: 12/31/2019

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 1/21/2021. To update the information below, please email:


CITA Rescue Mission was founded by Johnny and Helen Ellison. Johnny's heart for the homeless was so large that his life was given to serving those who are mostly neglected or at the worst time in their lives. Johnny would invite these men in and provide a place to stay while aiding them on the road to recovery. Most importantly of all he would tell them of the good news of Jesus Christ.

The Ellison's hard work paved the way for CITA Rescue Mission to be born in 1969 in a two-story house on the beautiful Indian River. Through Johnny's and Ms. Helen's witness, countless men have found the Lord and experienced life transformation.

Johnny served as Executive Director until he went to be with the Lord in 1997. Johnny's son Daniel served as Executive Director from 1997 -2013. Buddy Morrow joined CITA as Executive Director in 2014. Ms. Helen stayed close to the mission until she passed into the arms of Jesus in 2019.

Today CITA Rescue Mission is located on Johnny Ellison Drive just off US Highway 1 in Melbourne. The two-story dormitory on the mission grounds can house up to 52 men. CITA's core philosophy remains the same today as it was in the beginning... Christ is the answer.

Program accomplishments

2020 Impact

Meals Served: 52,560

Nights of Shelter: 17,520

Loads of Laundry: 5,564

Number of Men Sheltered (at least two nights): 264

Hours of Spiritual Counseling / Small Groups / Chapel Services: 10,280

Hours of Career Counseling and Budgeting: 3,640


CITA Rescue Mission receives no state or federal funding. Your continued support and prayers are critical to our success.