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: Randy

Randy, a supply officer in the Navy during the Vietnam War, said he lost his wife 1 1/2 years ago after 44 years of marriage. That’s when things took a turn for the worse. “I couldn’t handle the funeral and walked out,” he said. “She was my best friend.” Randy sai…

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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 didn’t want my kids to grow up where I was st…

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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 was “awoken by demons” killed Krystal P…

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Tailgate Wars – Sept. 27, 2018

September 4, 2018

Come out to the first annual Tailgate Wars to benefit The Mustard Seed of Central Florida! The event will take place Thursday, Sept. 27, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Savannah Court & Cove, 1301 W. Maitland Boulevard, Maitland, 32751. There will be food, fun and prizes! Participating vendors will adorn t… read more

Pickleball Palooza – Sept. 15, 2018

August 28, 2018

REAL Radio 104.1 FM presents Pickleball Palooza,
Sept. 15, from Noon-4 p.m., at ClearOne Sports Centre, 4141 John Young Parkway, Orlando, 32804. There will be exciting raffle prizes!
Join the Monsters in the Morning, The News Junkie, The Philips Phile and The Jim Colbert Show for an afternoon of… read more