Client Story: Alphonso

Alphonso, 67, ended up homeless after serving two tours in the Vietnam War. He lived on the streets and turned to alcohol to help mask his uncomfortable circumstances, he said.

After receiving housing assistance from Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) and home furnishings from The Mustard Seed, thanks to YOUR SUPPORT, Alphonso is on his way to rebuilding his life.

“I received everything I needed to furnish my home,” Alphonso said, noting he’d been eating and sleeping on the floor for two weeks. “There are a lot of people to thank.”

Alphonso was drafted in the Army to serve in the Vietnam War. He got out of the Army after four years of service and then joined the Marines for 23 years.

After enduring the war and suffering from injuries, including getting shrapnel in his spine and having a knee replaced, Alphonso was in bad shape when he got out of the military, he said.

“I became homeless and drank heavily,” he said.

Alphonso said it took years to obtain benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and he’s still fighting to receive additional benefits he said he qualifies for.

“It’s been a difficult road, but there’s no sense in dwelling on it,” he said. “There are some things out of my control. I finally got the help I needed, and I’m on the way (to a better life). And for that, I’m grateful.”

Donate today to help other veterans like Alphonso.

Client Story: Megan

Megan, 28, said she was working at her dream job in New York City as a restaurant manager in Times Square when she decided to move back home to Orlando. She temporarily moved in with some friends until she could save enough money to obtain her own apartment. In January, Megan landed a job as a bar …

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Client Story: Natalia

Natalia walked into The Mustard Seed feeling sad and defeated. However, after receiving clothing assistance, she left smiling with her spirits lifted, thanks to YOUR kind support. A storm destroyed a large portion of Natalia’s Sanford home after a tree crashed through the roof. She shares the hom…

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Client Story: Nicholas

Nicholas had been living in an apartment with only an air mattress for five months and used it to sleep and eat on. Thanks to YOUR kind support, Nicholas doesn’t have to choose between buying food or furniture. Nicholas, who was born blind in one eye, works at Lighthouse Central Florida – a…

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