Client Story: Darnell

Darnell and his 13-year-old daughter, Haile, lived out of a car for several months after Darnell got injured working on the I-4 Ultimate Improvement Project. Heat produced from a welding arc and spark damaged Darnell’s eyes rendering him legally blind. He could no longer work or pay his rent so his landlord evicted him.

Darnell, who served five years in the Army, said it took him several months to navigate and get help from homeless organizations, so he and his daughter ended up living in his car. They took showers at the YMCA and received some support from friends who also were struggling. Though homeless, Haile still attended school.

“It was really hard (living out of a car), but I still tried to stay in school and get good grades,” Haile said. “What really helped is hanging out with my friends and my dad having a good spirit.”

Darnell is now receiving disability benefits. He said he needs at least six eye surgeries and can’t afford medical care. He said Supportive Services for Veterans Families (SSVF) got him and Haile off the street and is helping with rental assistance.

SSVF referred Darnell to The Mustard Seed for basic furnishings for his new home.

“The Mustard Seed has a high impact,” Darnell said. “For me, this is a starter kit.”

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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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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Party at the Castle! – Feb. 9, 2019

January 4, 2019

Join us for a party at the only church-owned brewery in the country! Enjoy a variety of 12 beers, wine, cider and non-alcoholic beverages. Food trucks and live music! Family-friendly.

Free admission. 15% of all sales throughout the day to benefit The Mustard Seed of Central Florida Furniture… read more