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 activists in Venezuela, and because they spoke out against the government, they said their lives were in danger. The family stayed with a relative in Orlando for nine months until they could afford to rent an apartment.

During the first two weeks in their new apartment, Carly said they were sleeping on one mattress and eating meals while standing up. A friend referred them to The Mustard Seed for furniture assistance.

“We are so grateful because we are passing through a very hard situation right now,” Carly said about receiving furniture assistance. “We had to leave everything behind. We are so thankful for all the help.”

A Princess Bed for Harlee

Addiction. Rehab. Domestic Violence. Jail Time. Foster Care. Eviction. Homelessness. For Amanda, mother to four-year-old Harlee, this has been the last three years of her life. When Amanda, who had been struggling with addiction for years, found out she was pregnant with Harlee, she immediately bega…

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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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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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