The Mustard Seed

The Mustard Seed of Central Florida was established in 1984 at a time when homelessness was just beginning to emerge as a community-wide epidemic. It grew from the personal commitment of the founder, Carol Kane, who saw all homeless individuals, regardless of race, creed, or social status, simply as God’s children in need of assistance. The Mustard Seed is the only furniture and clothing bank in Central Florida.

The Mustard Seed collects donations of furniture, appliances, household items, linens and dishes, as well as anything that could make a house a home. We grant the donated items to pre-qualified families and individuals to help them re-establish a home.

The Mustard Seed is a critical resource in establishing stability and creating a home. By serving families who are suffering from domestic abuse, drug rehab recovery, homeless transition, returning veterans, medical hardships, fire , natural disasters and the economically disadvantaged.

Our Facility

The beautiful building, which houses the Mustard Seed Furniture and Clothing Bank, was built entirely by the hearts, hands and generosity of our caring community partners. We can never thank them enough for their gifts and support. By July 1999, they built a beautiful 20,000 square-foot building with separate areas to house our clothing and furniture departments, four individual air-conditioned areas to house our dish and linen rooms, housewares, as well as the administrative offices. In fall 2005, the Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation gifted The Mustard Seed with a beautiful visible sign for the warehouse to make it easier to see from Keller Road and Kennedy Boulevard.

During the 2017-2018 fiscal year, The Mustard Seed served 1,223 Central Florida families, including 1,259 children. More than 97 percent of those served are economically disadvantaged, according to the Federal Poverty Index. The other 3 percent are disaster victims whose circumstances left them without financial resources to create new futures.

The Mustard Seed has accomplished much in its 30 years of service!

With the addition of an entire recycling department, The Mustard Seed uses and re-uses every single item donated. The Mustard Seed is able to recycle the unusable items through their individual parts: metals, cardboard, sheet plastics, fabric, foam, wood and electronics.

Since 2011, The Mustard Seed’s recycling program deconstructed more than 120,753 mattresses and sold their components, diverting 2.6 million cubic feet from the landfill and protecting our environment. Our recycling efforts generate income to help fund the furniture and clothing programs.

After 30 years of service, The Mustard Seed is still growing and evolving into a non-profit for the future, one that is self-sustaining and able to adapt to the growing needs in the community.

Client Story: Aaron and Amber

A massive fire woke Amber and her infant son, Aaron Jr., from a nap in their third floor apartment.  Employed by the Army, Amber wanted some rest before working the third shift. Amber’s boyfriend, Aaron, a line service technician for a private airport in Kissimmee, left for work about two hou…

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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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Latest News

The Mustard Seed partners with RE:PURPOSE

June 12, 2019

The Mustard Seed is proud to partner with RE:PURPOSE, a program that collects used and broken electronics in order to reduce hazardous e-waste going into our landfills. The devices will be refurbished, repurposed, and upcycled for children in low-income families.
It’s estimated that over 33 perc… read more

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