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 through the roof after Hurricane Irma roared through Orlando.
The family spent the next two years struggling to get the home repaired.
“I called everybody,” Jessica said. “I called the city. I tried to get loans. I wasn’t eligible for a lot of things.”
Jessica eventually applied to receive assistance from RISE Orange County, a disaster recovery program that uses FEMA money distributed by the state, to repair homes. The organization fixed Jessica’s roof, replaced the ceiling, drywall, air conditioning unit and electrical wiring. The organization also landscaped and repainted the home.
Jessica also received help from Endeavors, a crisis social services agency that helps with disaster relief. Endeavors referred Jessica to The Mustard Seed for furniture assistance. Jessica received all the furnishings she needed to start over, including living room furniture, a dining table, a brand new refrigerator, seven beds and much more.
“I’m so grateful and definitely appreciative,” Jessica said. “All this assistance has taken a lot off my plate.”
December 5, 2019
Due to an unusually high volume of calls for service and holiday closures, we are experiencing delays in our furniture pickups. If you need a furniture pickup, please schedule it four to six weeks in advance. Delays are expected to subside in January. Furniture pickups typically need to be scheduled… read more
November 4, 2019
Mark your calendars for Dec. 3 when the Mustard Seed of Central Florida will be part of #GivingTuesday! GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration.
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