Client Story: Laverne

Overcome with emotions, Laverne cried happy tears at The Mustard Seed while picking out donated furniture for her new home.

Hurricane Maria forced Laverne, 48, to flee her destroyed home In October 2017 in Guayanilla, Puerto Rico after having lived there for 37 years. Laverne moved to Kissimmee and lived with her sister, Abigail, until FEMA eventually put her up in a hotel for several months.

Turns out, if it wasn’t for Hurricane Maria, Laverne said a Kissimmee doctor told her she would have died had she stayed in Puerto Rico.

Laverne had her first heart attack a week before the hurricane hit after experiencing numbness in her hand. A doctor in Puerto Rico told her she had an asthma attack, but the Kissimmee doctor said it was actually a heart attack.

Doctors performed surgery on Laverne in December and put in a mechanical heart valve. Laverne’s heart condition prevents her from working.

“Being at a hotel for seven months, I had nothing,” Laverne said. “I am so grateful to the community, but the best thing out of all of this is I’m still alive.”

Client Story: Stephanie

Stephanie and her two daughters, ages 5 and 6, lived in an unstable environment in which they had to flee.  Stephanie, a single mother, said they ended up homeless and lived in a shelter for a year. Eventually, Stephanie and her daughters left the shelter and moved into their first apartment. A yea…

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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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Party at the Castle! – Feb. 9, 2019

January 4, 2019

Join us for a party at the only church-owned brewery in the country! Enjoy a variety of 12 beers, wine, cider and non-alcoholic beverages. Food trucks and live music! Family-friendly.

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January 4, 2019

Please join us for the World Sports Alumni Bowl Party on Jan. 25 at Ace Cafe Orlando! Use the code “mustardseed” when purchasing your tickets and enjoy 10% off!

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