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: Dorothy

Dorothy, 75, found herself homeless after selling everything she owned in her Chicago apartment and moving to Orlando.
Before leaving Chicago, Dorothy said she made arrangements to move in with a friend in Orlando. When Doro… continue reading

Client Story: Catherine

Hurricane Irma obliterated the Eatonville apartment Catherine lived in for 19 years. When a tree crashed on her home during the storm she ran outside and took shelter in her truck until the storm had passed.
“The whole apartment was leaking so … continue reading

Client Story: Joseph

Joseph lost his leg in a motorcycle accident when he was 25 years old and walks with a prosthetic leg. He became addicted to pain pills over the years while coping with his injury. He spent more than two months in a drug addiction treatment program t… continue reading

Client Story: Randy

Randy, a supply officer in the Navy during the Vietnam War, said he lost his wife 1 1/2 years ago after 44 years of marriage. That’s when things took a turn for the worse.
“I couldn’t handle the funeral and walked out,” he sai… continue reading

Client Story: LaMontavia

LaMontavia and her children, ages 13, 9 and 5, lived in a high-crime Miami neighborhood rife with multiple shootings per month and drug deals, she said. So the mother of three moved to Orlando in 2014 “to have a better life.” 
“I d… continue reading

Client Story: Maria

With a small amount of savings, Maria and her mother, also named Maria, fled the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela in search of a better life in the United States. “You cannot walk around in Venezuela without the fear of getting robbed or persecuted,” Maria, 20, said. Political turmoil in Venezu…

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Client Story: Alexus

For two years, Alexus, 27, struggled through difficult challenges. She lived in her car with five children under the age of 10. To stabilize her family, she then moved to a mobile home only to find it infested with rats and plagued with mold. “I dealt with it for a little while because we had nowh…

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Client Story: Carly and Omer

Carly, her husband, Omer, and their 17-year-old son fled Venezuela in 2021 to escape danger for speaking out against the country’s tyrannical government. They took a bus to Colombia, then flew to Mexico and crossed the border into the United States to seek asylum. They were political activist…

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Latest News

Celebrating the Life of Carol Kane

October 4, 2022

It is with sadness that The Mustard Seed of Central Florida announces the passing of Carol Kane. Carol founded The Mustard Seed in 1984, and officially incorporated the mission into a nonprofit in 1988. Carol saw all who experienced homelessness simply as God’s children in need of assistance, and … read more

Kendra Scott Gives Back to The Mustard Seed!

June 3, 2022

We’re teaming up with Kendra Scott again for its give back event! Shop Kendra Scott’s fashionable, high-quality jewelry online or in-store on
June 10 and 11, 2022,  mention the give back code GIVEBACK-CAROA, and 20% of the proceeds from your purchase will be donated to The Mustard Seed!

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