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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Celebrating the Life of Carol Kane

October 4, 2022

It is with sadness that The Mustard Seed of Central Florida announces the passing of Carol Kane. Carol founded The Mustard Seed in 1984, and officially incorporated the mission into a nonprofit in 1988. Carol saw all who experienced homelessness simply as God’s children in need of assistance, and … read more

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
June 10 and 11, 2022,  mention the give back code GIVEBACK-CAROA, and 20% of the proceeds from your purchase will be donated to The Mustard Seed!

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