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: 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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Client Story: Paul and Jerel

Paul and Jerel fell on hard times while living in Richmond, Va., so the cousins packed up what little they had and moved to Orlando in the spring of 2020 with hope of a better future. “I call this the senior golden state, and we moved here for the nice weather, and I used to vacation here,” Jere…

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Client Story: Stephanie

Two years ago, Stephanie received furniture and clothing assistance from The Mustard Seed after fleeing a dangerous relationship and finding herself homeless. Now, Stephanie finds herself needing help again after her apartment was among several homes in Jernigan Gardens damaged by a fire on Dec. 12…

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