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 said he disappeared after his wife’s funeral, turned to drugs, hid out in the woods and tried to take his life.
A search team, which included his brother and police, found him after he had been passed out in the woods for three days.
“I was Baker Acted and put in a psyche ward,” he said.
Randy later received rehab treatment at the VA Medical Center in Lake Nona. Once his health improved, Veterans Affairs helped him with rental assistance.
He now rents an efficiency apartment in Winter Park.
The Mustard Seed of Central Florida assisted Randy with the necessary furnishings he needed to make his new space into a home.
“God works in mysterious ways,” he said. “I should have been dead after all those drugs I took. I guess I’m still supposed to be here. My work isn’t done.”
October 10, 2018
The Mustard Seed is honored and thrilled to be a recipient of a National Philanthropy Day award in the category of Social Entrepreneur & Innovation. The award is in recognition of our successful Mattress Recycling social enterprise. Since 2011, The Mustard Seed has recycled more than 120,000 mat… read more
October 8, 2018
Fierce Entertainment Management Presents: Fashion Seeded with Compassion!
Join us for a fashion show benefit featuring fabulous styles and brands from The Mustard Seed’s boutique and fashion designers! The show will take place Nov. 8 from 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m. upstairs at the Orlando Fashion Square … read more