Client Story: Kimberly

Kimberly and her dog, Hasani, a shih tzu poodle mix, lived in a car for two months after moving to Orlando from California.
Kimberly, originally from Orlando, worked at a motel in California but had to leave the state after struggling to pay her bills.
She contacted homeless shelters in Orlando, but they were either at capacity or would not accept pets. A few of Kimberly’s friends allowed her to take showers at their apartments or sleep on their couches, but she didn’t want to overstay her welcome.
“It was scary not knowing if wherever I was sleeping in my car would be safe or where could I take a shower,” Kimberly said.
After landing a job at an Orlando hotel, Kimberly was able to rent an apartment. The apartment stayed empty until Kimberly learned about The Mustard Seed through friends.
“I was thinking about buying some wood and building makeshift furniture because I needed money to put gas in my car and to buy groceries. I couldn’t afford furniture,” Kimberly said.
YOUR SUPPORT enabled Kimberly to furnish her entire apartment and make it feel like a real home.
“The fact that I don’t have to worry about sleeping on the floor takes a huge load off,” Kimberly said. “To actually know I’m going to have real furniture is pretty cool. It puts me at peace.”
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Client Story: Kimberly

Kimberly and her dog, Hasani, a shih tzu poodle mix, lived in a car for two months after moving to Orlando from California. Kimberly, originally from Orlando, worked at a motel in California but had to leave the state after struggling to pay her bills. She contacted homeless shelters in Orlan…

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Client Story: Vidette and Christopher

Vidette and her husband, Christopher, 4-year-old son, Micah, and Vidette’s mother, Dorothy, were upstairs in their townhome dancing to oldies music when their dog started barking downstairs. It was about 2 p.m. on a Saturday in March when the family heard a knock on the door but ignored it, assumi…

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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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