Client Story: Diamond

Diamond, 23, became homeless for three years at age 18. Then she became pregnant and lived on the streets with her boyfriend, taking refuge in an abandoned bus, an abandoned home and in her car.

Because Diamond could not care for her baby while living in her car, the Department of Children and Families took the child in 2019. He is now 1 years old and living with his paternal grandmother, Diamond said.

With YOUR SUPPORT and assistance from the Rapid-Rehousing program and The Mustard Seed’s partner, the Children’s Home Society of Florida, Diamond is on the path to being reunited with her son, Takeem.

“As soon as I get this furniture in the house, my case manager said we’ll do a home study and a transitional plan,” Diamond said.

Orange County Department of Children & Families requires a child to live in a stable, satisfactory environment. If there is not a bed to sleep in or a table to eat at it could cause a separation of children from their families.

Diamond received more than 17 pieces of furniture from The Mustard Seed of Central Florida, including a brand new dresser donated by The Mustard Seed’s partner, Rooms To Go.

“This really means a whole lot,” Diamond said. “I’m just really thankful for the donations,  (The Mustard Seed) and the donors. I came a long ways. I’m very proud of myself.”

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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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Client Story: Emylee

Emylee and her two children, Ayana, 1, and Liyah, 5, lived in seven Orlando hotels after leaving their home in Connecticut. The 24-year-old single mother and her children moved back to Orlando in 2020 to escape unsafe circumstances.  Emylee and her children had nowhere to go so they lived in hotels…

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Client Story: Diamond

Diamond, 23, became homeless for three years at age 18. Then she became pregnant and lived on the streets with her boyfriend, taking refuge in an abandoned bus, an abandoned home and in her car. Because Diamond could not care for her baby while living in her car, the Department of Children and Famil…

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