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: 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: Jessica

Jessica said she used her life savings to purchase a home mortgage-free in 2014 for her and her then newborn son. About seven months later, Jessica’s sister and five children moved in permanently after their home burned down. On Sept. 10, 2017,… continue reading

Client Story: Natasha

In disbelief of the magnitude of Hurricane Dorian, Natasha stayed put in her home in Grand Bahama as the storm approached. Born and reared in the Bahamas, Natasha had never experienced a hurricane as strong as Dorian in her 40 years of living there a… continue reading

Client Story: Sunny

Sunny, 31, had just moved to Kissimmee from Philadelphia three months before a fire destroyed his apartment at Blossom Park Villas.
He lived with his fiancé, Lianah, who was studying law in college. The couple had just bought new furniture and house… continue reading

Client Story: Earle

After exiting the military, Earle said he lived out of his car while bouncing from state to state in search of a better life.
Earle served in the Gulf War in 1991 during his four-year enlistment in the U.S. Air Force and said he suffers from PTSD a… continue reading

Client Story: Kimberly

Kimberly and her dog, Hasani, a shih tzu poodle mix, lived in a car for two months after moving to Orlando from California. Kimberly, originally from Orlando, worked at a motel in California but had to leave the state after struggling to pay her bills. She contacted homeless shelters in Orlan…

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Client Story: Vidette and Christopher

Vidette and her husband, Christopher, 4-year-old son, Micah, and Vidette’s mother, Dorothy, were upstairs in their townhome dancing to oldies music when their dog started barking downstairs. It was about 2 p.m. on a Saturday in March when the family heard a knock on the door but ignored it, assumi…

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Client Story: Maritza

Maritza, 46, survived the Pulse nightclub shooting that killed 49 victims and wounded 53 others on June 12, 2016. For Maritza, her emotional scars run deep having lost her dear friend, Stanley, who was 23 years old when he was killed at Pulse. “I saw him earlier that night right before the bullets…

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Latest News

Thank you to The Joe & Sarah Galloway Foundation!

December 1, 2021

Our sincerest gratitude and appreciation goes out to The Joe & Sarah Galloway Foundation for its $15,000 grant award to support our Furnishing Basic Stability for Families Program.

Your investment in our mission Makes a House a Home for Central Florida families in need.
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Raise the Table 2021 Photo Gallery

November 10, 2021

We’d like to thank our event sponsors, in-kind sponsors, silent auction donors, Mustard Seed Board of Directors, attendees and volunteers for making our Raise the Table fundraiser a successful event! Thank you for believing in and supporting our mission!

A special thank you to our event emcee Car… read more