Client Story: Maria

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.”

A Princess Bed for Harlee

Addiction. Rehab. Domestic Violence. Jail Time. Foster Care. Eviction. Homelessness. For Amanda, mother to four-year-old Harlee, this has been the last three years of her life. When Amanda, who had been struggling with addiction for years, found out she was pregnant with Harlee, she immediately bega…

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Client Story: Maria

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 Venezu…

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Client Story: Alexus

For two years, Alexus, 27, struggled through difficult challenges. She lived in her car with five children under the age of 10. To stabilize her family, she then moved to a mobile home only to find it infested with rats and plagued with mold. “I dealt with it for a little while because we had nowh…

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Request for Proposal: Audited Financials/Filing

January 25, 2023

January 24, 2023

The Mustard Seed of Central Florida, Inc. (“The Mustard Seed”) invites the submission of proposals for the preparation of its yearly audited financial statements and related filings for a three-year period beginning with the fiscal year ending June 30, 2023.  The Mustard See… read more

Cheers to 35 Years!

January 6, 2023

Happy New Year!

2023 marks the 35th anniversary of The Mustard Seed of Central Florida! Each year, The Mustard Seed helps rebuild the lives of those who have experienced homelessness, personal tragedy, or natural disaster, by providing gently used furniture and clothing to those in need.

Wha… read more