Client Story: Natasha

In disbelief of the magnitude of Hurricane Dorian, Natasha stayed put in her home in Grand Bahama as the storm approached. Born and reared in the Bahamas, Natasha had never experienced a hurricane as strong as Dorian in her 40 years of living there and couldn’t bear to leave her home.

Shock ensued as Dorian came ashore and water started to rush inside Natasha’s home.

“I saw the water lifting about an inch above the floor in my home, and that’s when my husband said we had to evacuate,” Natasha said.

The couple and their two daughters, ages 4 and 12, jumped in the family’s small car, and though water was all the way up to the seats, Natasha said the car still ran. She said when they put the car in reverse, a rush of water carried them up a hill.  They were able to escape and make their way to a nearby shelter. Natasha and her family lost everything after Dorian flooded their home.

“I’m still really shaken up,” Natasha said. “I go to counseling.”

Natasha, her sister and family arrived in Orlando at the end of September. They are temporarily staying at a friend’s empty rental property until they can go back to the Bahamas and rebuild. Natasha and her sister came to The Mustard Seed to receive clothing and furniture assistance. Natasha received several pieces of furniture,  linens and dishes to start over and said she’s grateful to the community.

“Thank you all for donating to help people like me during this time of distress,” Natasha said. “This is a blessing.”



Client Story: Robert

Robert, who’s been in a wheelchair since 2014, had been sleeping on the floor of his empty apartment for almost a month. But thanks to YOU, he now has a bed to sleep in and all the basic home furnishings needed to turn his empty house into a home. After serving in the Army for 13 years, Robert wo…

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Client Story: Sateria

Sateria and her four young children became homeless in 2017 after Sateria’s landlord kicked them out. But thanks to your support of The Mustard Seed’s furniture and clothing programs, the family has regained stability and dignity. It was a rough several years for the family. After losing their a…

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Client Story: Dawn

All Dawn wants for Christmas is for her son to get a new kidney. “That would be the best Christmas present ever,” Dawn said. Dawn’s 17-year-old son, John, was diagnosed with Alport syndrome – a kidney disease – at 10 years old. John’s kidney started failing in April 2019, and he recei…

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Furniture Pickup Delays

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

Save the Date! – #GivingTuesday, Dec. 3, 2019

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.

Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the United States) and the widely recognized … read more