Client Story: Jessica

Jessica fled an unhealthy relationship and lived out of her car with her young daughter and then in homes with several different families. With the help of kindhearted people, Jessica and her daughter regained stability and dignity.

A year ago, friends introduced the 24-year-old to her now boyfriend, Curt. They have a 1-month old daughter together. The couple, their newborn and Jessica’s 4-year-old daughter, lived with Curt’s mother for six months while they waited on a list for affordable housing. There were nine people living in the home, including Curt’s siblings and their children.

Jessica received good news they had been approved for a two-bedroom unit in the newly built Parramore Oaks Apartments. The family moved in on Nov. 5, 2019.

“It came right around the right time so I don’t have to have my baby sleeping everywhere else,” Jessica said.

Jessica learned about The Mustard Seed of Central Florida’s Furniture Program through her pastor.

“I thought it was a little far-fetched,” Jessica said of the program. “Somebody will furnish my whole apartment? I couldn’t believe it.”

It was good timing for Jessica when she arrived at The Mustard Seed.

Burger, Carroll & Associates Inc., a national public sector management and information technology consulting firm based in Santa Fe, NM, had donated a brand-new living room set to The Mustard Seed. The company bought the furniture for its exhibit booth while attending a conference at the Orange County Convention Center and then donated it for a family in need.

“Their donations touched my heart,” Jessica said. “It’s gorgeous. I love it. I feel truly blessed all around.”

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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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Thank you to The Joe & Sarah Galloway Foundation!

December 1, 2021

Our sincerest gratitude and appreciation goes out to The Joe & Sarah Galloway Foundation for its $15,000 grant award to support our Furnishing Basic Stability for Families Program.

Your investment in our mission Makes a House a Home for Central Florida families in need.
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Raise the Table 2021 Photo Gallery

November 10, 2021

We’d like to thank our event sponsors, in-kind sponsors, silent auction donors, Mustard Seed Board of Directors, attendees and volunteers for making our Raise the Table fundraiser a successful event! Thank you for believing in and supporting our mission!

A special thank you to our event emcee Car… read more