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: 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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Client Story: Joseph

Joseph lost his leg in a motorcycle accident when he was 25 years old and walks with a prosthetic leg. He became addicted to pain pills over the years while coping with his injury. He spent more than two months in a drug addiction treatment program to get his life and health back on track. Joseph, 4…

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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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Thank you City of Orlando – Nov. 12, 2018

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

Taste of Orlando – Nov. 10, 2018

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