With a small amount of savings, Maria and her mother, also named Maria, fled the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela in search of a better life in the United States.
“You cannot walk around in Venezuela without the fear of getting robbed or persecuted,” Maria, 20, said.
Political turmoil in Venezuela has resulted in more than six million refugees, asylum-seekers, and migrants fleeing their homes in search of food, employment and a stable life in other countries.
Maria and her mother moved to Orlando because Maria’s sister and an aunt already resided in the city.
The mother and daughter lived with Maria’s aunt for four months before moving into their own apartment. Maria said she and her mother are waiting to receive refugee status so Maria can apply for jobs.
Maria learned about The Mustard Seed’s furniture program from her aunt. Thanks to YOUR SUPPORT, she and her mother received everything they needed to make their new apartment feel like a home.
“We are very impressed this is happening because there is nothing like this back home,” Maria said about receiving furniture assistance. “My mother started crying. She was very excited.”
June 3, 2022
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December 1, 2021
The Mustard Seed is honored to have been chosen a finalist among nine other Central Florida nonprofits for the Victory Cup Initiative!
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