Client Stories

Each client who comes to The Mustard Seed has a unique story, and all of them have the same goal – to turn their house into a home so they can rebuild their lives. Your support of The Mustard Seed truly transforms lives and helps makes our community a better place for all. You make all the difference. Learn about your impact by reading the stories below.

Client Story: Dawn

All Dawn wants for Christmas is for her son to get a new kidney.
“That would be the best Christmas present ever,” Dawn said.
Dawn’s 17-year-old son, John, was diagnosed with Alport syndrome – a kidney disease – at 10 years old.
John’s … continue reading

Client Story: Jennica and Nick

It’s been a tough year for Jennica and her family, but thanks to your support they have hope.
Jennica was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in early 2019 and lost her job as a pharmacy benefits manager after going through surgery, chemotherapy and rad… continue reading

Client Story: Ronnie

Thanks to you, Ronnie has much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving.
Ronnie had been sleeping on the floor for two weeks after moving out of a hotel room and into his own home for the first time in seven years.
Ronnie had an empty home, but your supp… continue reading

Client Story: Jessica

Jessica fled an unhealthy relationship and lived out of her car with her young daughter and then in homes with several different families. With the help of kindhearted people, Jessica and her daughter regained stability and dignity.
A year ago, frie… continue reading

Client Story: Lionel and Chyrisse

Lionel and Chyrisse lost their Tampa home of nine years in 2018 when they couldn’t keep up with rental payments.
The couple’s income dropped after the call center Chyrisse worked at cut her hours because business slowed. Chyrisse said she offere… continue reading

Client Story: Stephanie

Two years ago, Stephanie received furniture and clothing assistance from The Mustard Seed after fleeing a dangerous relationship and finding herself homeless. Now, Stephanie finds herself needing help again after her apartment was among several homes in Jernigan Gardens damaged by a fire on Dec. 12…

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Client Story: Laronda

Laronda, 31, kept the hat and shoes her grandfather wore when he died of a heart attack in 2018. She also saved as a memory his obituary and a T-shirt bearing his photo. Laronda lost these mementos and everything she owned when a fire destroyed her Jernigan Gardens apartment on Dec. 12. The fire di…

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Client Story: Ronald

The Mustard Seed of Central Florida assists more than 240 veterans each year with furniture and clothing. Thanks to your support, Ronald, who served in the Army during the Vietnam War, left The Mustard Seed with a new bed, couch, tables, television and home décor. Veterans Affairs, which is helpin…

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Holiday Hours

December 23, 2020

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The Mustard Seed Virtual Trips Auction!

November 17, 2020

The Mustard Seed of Central Florida is excited to partner with the American Fundraising Foundation (AmFund) for a Virtual Trips Auction! The auction will be conducted from 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, to 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6. You will have the opportunity to bid on nine “trips of a lifetime” to help… read more