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 worked for Harley Davidson and built custom motorcycles. He was riding one of the custom motorcycles he built in Daytona Beach in 2014 when a semi-truck blew through a red light on U.S. Highway 1 and hit Robert, throwing him 320 feet down the road and sweeping his motorcycle underneath the truck.

Robert, 59, ended up in a coma for six weeks. The accident left his face and skull shattered and broke 26 of his bones. He said the accident caused his neuropathy, and he needs a wheelchair for mobility.

After Robert got out of the hospital, he said he didn’t have anywhere to go, so he spent several years bouncing from multiple homeless shelters. Robert also has stage 4 cancer and receives chemotherapy and radiation treatments.

In December 2019, Robert received housing assistance from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development-VA Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH), which referred him to The Mustard Seed for furniture assistance. While at The Mustard Seed, Robert also received a winter coat donation from Burlington Coat Factory just in time for an oncoming cold front.

“Thank you for everything,” Robert said, speaking about community donors. “It makes life worth living when you have something to go home to.”

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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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Thank you to The Joe & Sarah Galloway Foundation!

December 1, 2021

Our sincerest gratitude and appreciation goes out to The Joe & Sarah Galloway Foundation for its $15,000 grant award to support our Furnishing Basic Stability for Families Program.

Your investment in our mission Makes a House a Home for Central Florida families in need.
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Raise the Table 2021 Photo Gallery

November 10, 2021

We’d like to thank our event sponsors, in-kind sponsors, silent auction donors, Mustard Seed Board of Directors, attendees and volunteers for making our Raise the Table fundraiser a successful event! Thank you for believing in and supporting our mission!

A special thank you to our event emcee Car… read more