Client Story: Earle

After exiting the military, Earle said he lived out of his car while bouncing from state to state in search of a better life.

Earle served in the Gulf War in 1991 during his four-year enlistment in the U.S. Air Force and said he suffers from PTSD and depression. After he left the Air Force, he enrolled at a Concorde Career College to get a medical assistant certificate. For the next 20 years, Earle said he worked at several hospitals and in a weight loss clinic. In 2012, medical issues prevented Earle from working, and he ended up living in his car several times while waiting for low-income housing assistance.

Earle, who walks with a cane and is visually impaired, moved from Seattle to Orlando in June 2019 for warmer weather. He once again lived in his car for a month until low-income housing became available. On July 1, Earle moved into a two-bedroom duplex in Orlando. For several weeks, Earle said he slept on a blow-up mattress in an empty home. Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) referred Earle to The Mustard Seed of Central Florida for furniture assistance. Earle received 27 pieces of furniture to make his house a home.

“I would like to thank the people who donated these items because even after I left Seattle, I donated what I had to people who could use it,” Earle said. “It would have cost me more to move the furniture I had in Seattle than what I paid for it. I’m so grateful.”

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Client Story: Jessica

Jessica said she used her life savings to purchase a home mortgage-free in 2014 for her and her then newborn son. About seven months later, Jessica’s sister and five children moved in permanently after their home burned down. On Sept. 10, 2017, Jessica’s son’s birthday, a tree fell…

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Client Story: Natasha

In disbelief of the magnitude of Hurricane Dorian, Natasha stayed put in her home in Grand Bahama as the storm approached. Born and reared in the Bahamas, Natasha had never experienced a hurricane as strong as Dorian in her 40 years of living there and couldn’t bear to leave her home. Shock en…

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Client Story: Sunny

Sunny, 31, had just moved to Kissimmee from Philadelphia three months before a fire destroyed his apartment at Blossom Park Villas. He lived with his fiancé, Lianah, who was studying law in college. The couple had just bought new furniture and housewares for the new apartment. Lianah’s father, Da…

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Shop for a Cause at UNOde50! – October 19, 2019

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Join us Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019 from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m., at UNOde50 at Disney Springs for a shopping event to raise money for The Mustard Seed of Central Florida! View UNOde50’s latest collections of unique and beautiful jewelry while enjoying light refreshments. A portion of the proceeds from each pur… read more

Winn-Dixie Community Bag Program- The entire month of November!

October 14, 2019

For the month of November, each time a $2.50 reusable Community Bag is purchased at the Winn-Dixie store located at 340 S. SR 434 in Altamonte Springs, $1 will be donated to The Mustard Seed of Central Florida, unless otherwise directed by the customer through the Giving Tag. This is a great way to … read more