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 would have fallen on me no matter where I was standing,” Catherine said. “It was a little scary, but I’m still alive, and that’s all that mattered.”

Catherine’s landlord relocated her to another apartment for months until renovations and repairs could be made. Catherine had lost everything.

Now, she’s back in her apartment, which will soon be filled with all the basic furnishings needed to turn her empty space into a home.

“I’m overwhelmed,” Catherine said of receiving furniture assistance, “because it was a long time coming. It took an emotional toll on me, and it set me back. But I had to be patient. I’m a fighter, baby.”

Client Story: Aaron and Amber

A massive fire woke Amber and her infant son, Aaron Jr., from a nap in their third floor apartment.  Employed by the Army, Amber wanted some rest before working the third shift. Amber’s boyfriend, Aaron, a line service technician for a private airport in Kissimmee, left for work about two hou…

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Client Story: Dorothy

Dorothy, 53, took in four children in December 2018 when the Florida Department of Children and Families removed the children from their mother’s care because of “an unfortunate situation.” Dorothy said she’s known the children, ages 6, 8, 10 and 11, since they were babies. T…

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Client Story: Hurveal

In 1982, Hurveal, 61, fell out of a helicopter and broke his back during an Army training exercise in Hawaii. Hurveal served eight years in the Army before the incident left him permanently disabled. But Hurveal’s disability and limited income doesn’t stop him from opening his home and …

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The Mustard Seed partners with RE:PURPOSE

June 12, 2019

The Mustard Seed is proud to partner with RE:PURPOSE, a program that collects used and broken electronics in order to reduce hazardous e-waste going into our landfills. The devices will be refurbished, repurposed, and upcycled for children in low-income families.
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Charity Navigator gives Mustard Seed highest rating!

May 20, 2019

The Mustard Seed of Central Florida is proud to have received a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, the nation’s largest and most-utilized evaluator of charities. The Mustard Seed received the organization’s highest rating for demonstrating strong financial health and commitment to account… read more