Client Stories

Each client that comes to The Mustard Seed has a unique story and all of them have the same goal, to turn their house into a home. The Mustard Seed aims to help each and every client and to help turn their life around. We are proud to be able to serve our clients. Here are their stories.

Client Story: LaMontavia

LaMontavia and her children, ages 13, 9 and 5, lived in a high-crime Miami neighborhood rife with multiple shootings per month and drug deals, she said. So the mother of three moved to Orlando in 2014 “to have a better life.” 
“I d… continue reading

Client Story: Tenyka

Tenyka “Nikki” Phillips lost her friend, Cindy Jackson, and her sister, Krystal T. Phillips, to murder within seven months of each other.
A man killed Jackson on her birthday on Christmas Day of 2017 in Eatonville, and a man who said he w… continue reading

Client Story: Joseph

Joseph moved to Orlando from Philadelphia seven months ago after his mother passed away. He left his job at a mall and came to Florida, “with $300 in my pocket, a book, a box of clothes and a hope and a dream,” he said.
Joseph moved to Or… continue reading

Client Story: Darnell

Darnell and his 13-year-old daughter, Haile, lived out of a car for several months after Darnell got injured working on the I-4 Ultimate Improvement Project. Heat produced from a welding arc and spark damaged Darnell’s eyes rendering him legall… continue reading

Client Story: Cecille

Tears streamed down Cecille’s face as she talked about losing her boyfriend of 10 years to Hurricane Maria. A mudslide swept him away while he was sleeping in his home in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
“When we were searching for him we didn&#… continue reading

Client Story: Wanda

Wanda and her four children ages 4,5,7 and 9, were on the verge of losing their home. The family had been living with Wanda’s father, and when he died in 2017, she learned he had fallen behind on his mortgage payments. Wanda’s father suffered from a stroke and couldn’t work for 10 …

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Client Story: Dorothy

Dorothy, 75, found herself homeless after selling everything she owned in her Chicago apartment and moving to Orlando. Before leaving Chicago, Dorothy said she made arrangements to move in with a friend in Orlando. When Dorothy arrived at the airport she called her friend t…

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Client Story: Catherine

Hurricane Irma obliterated the Eatonville apartment Catherine lived in for 19 years. When a tree crashed on her home during the storm she ran outside and took shelter in her truck until the storm had passed. “The whole apartment was leaking so I said I can’t stay here because the ceiling…

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Latest News

#GivingTuesday – Nov. 27, 2018

November 30, 2018

A huge thank you to DDC, LLC. and CESO, Inc. for partnering with The Mustard Seed on #GivingTuesday. The two companies donated more than $3,500 of brand new goods, sponsored two families in crisis, renovated The Mustard Seed Boutique’s fitting room and provided lunch for volunteers, clients and staf… read more

Happy Thanksgiving! – Nov. 22, 2018

November 20, 2018

At this time of Thanksgiving celebration we’d like to extend our sincerest appreciation for all YOU – our donors, volunteers, board members and referring agencies – do to support the mission of The Mustard Seed. Thank you for furnishing individuals and families with hope, dignity and stability.

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