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 years. So it was a struggle for her father to pay his bills. Wanda hired a lawyer who helped get the house put in her name, and she worked out an agreement with the bank to keep the home. “I fought for a year to keep the house,” Wanda said.

The home had been in disrepair, and then Hurricane Irma caused additional damage. Wanda said she couldn’t afford to make home repairs and applied for assistance through Rebuilding Together Orlando. She said the organization painted the outside of the house, replaced a door, fixed the hurricane damage and plans to replace windows. Wanda said when the team at Rebuilding Together Orlando saw she had virtually no furniture the organization referred her to The Mustard Seed for help. Now Wanda’s children have their own beds to sleep in and the comfort of a couch to relax on and a table to eat at. The Mustard Seed also provided Wanda with Christmas toys donated by Walt Disney World and clothing for her children. “I was like, ‘wow,’ this is a blessing,” Wanda said. “I couldn’t do it financially because it’s so much.”

Client Story: Dorothy

Dorothy, 53, took in four children in December 2018 when the Florida Department of Children and Families removed the children from their mother’s care because of “an unfortunate situation.” Dorothy said she’s known the children, ages 6, 8, 10 and 11, since they were babies. T…

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Client Story: Hurveal

In 1982, Hurveal, 61, fell out of a helicopter and broke his back during an Army training exercise in Hawaii. Hurveal served eight years in the Army before the incident left him permanently disabled. But Hurveal’s disability and limited income doesn’t stop him from opening his home and …

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Client Story: Willie

It’s been a year since a bathroom leak drove Willie out of her Orlando home she’s lived in for nearly 50 years. Water poured out of a tank inside a bathroom and flooded Willie’s home. The flooding led to mold growth and a cracked ceiling from moisture. The mold destroyed Willie’s clo…

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Charity Navigator gives Mustard Seed highest rating!

May 20, 2019

The Mustard Seed of Central Florida is proud to have received a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, the nation’s largest and most-utilized evaluator of charities. The Mustard Seed received the organization’s highest rating for demonstrating strong financial health and commitment to account… read more

Central Florida Earth Day! – April 20, 2019

April 19, 2019

Join us at Central Florida Earth Day on Saturday, April 20, from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. at Lake Eola! Enjoy more than 250 vendors, live entertainment and delicious food. We hope to see you there!

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