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: 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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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
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We’re a Finalist in the Victory Cup Initiative!

December 1, 2021

The Mustard Seed is honored to have been chosen a finalist among nine other Central Florida nonprofits for the Victory Cup Initiative! 

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