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.”
November 13, 2018
The Mustard Seed is honored to be one of 39 organizations receiving a grant from the City of Orlando Community Investment Program. Thank you City of Orlando for investing $20,000 in The Mustard Seed’s Furnishing Basic Stability for Individuals and Families program.… read more
November 1, 2018
Come out and support The Mustard Seed at Taste of Orlando at Waterford Lakes Town Center on Saturday, Nov. 10, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. We’ll be serving beer and wine by the man cave. A portion of the proceeds will benefit The Mustard Seed! Details here.… read more