Client Story: Ronnie

Thanks to you, Ronnie has much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving.

Ronnie had been sleeping on the floor for two weeks after moving out of a hotel room and into his own home for the first time in seven years.

Ronnie had an empty home, but your support of The Mustard Seed’s furniture program enabled him to fully furnish it three days before Thanksgiving.

Ronnie lost his job in 2012 after getting sick. In the past seven years, Ronnie had been hospitalized 31 times after having multiple surgeries. He lived in homeless shelters and hotel rooms.

“I spent six months in a nursing home and then in the hospital,” Ronnie said. “It wiped me out. I had nothing.”

When Ronnie was released from the hospital he took a cab to a homeless shelter and then “hit the streets” while he waited on a list to secure affordable housing.

“I had never been homeless before,” Ronnie said. “Homelessness can happen to the best of us through no fault of our own.”

In 2016, Ronnie enrolled at Valencia College to study digital media technology. He used part of his financial aid to get himself off the street and began living in hotel rooms.

Ronnie is one of nearly 3,000 people The Mustard Seed assists throughout the year.

Thank you for caring about people like Ronnie and for helping Central Florida residents regain hope, dignity and stability.

Client Story: Ronnie

Thanks to you, Ronnie has much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. Ronnie had been sleeping on the floor for two weeks after moving out of a hotel room and into his own home for the first time in seven years. Ronnie had an empty home, but your support of The Mustard Seed’s furniture program enab…

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Client Story: Jessica

Jessica fled an unhealthy relationship and lived out of her car with her young daughter and then in homes with several different families. With the help of kindhearted people, Jessica and her daughter regained stability and dignity. A year ago, friends introduced the 24-year-old to her now boyfrien…

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Client Story: Lionel and Chyrisse

Lionel and Chyrisse lost their Tampa home of nine years in 2018 when they couldn’t keep up with rental payments. The couple’s income dropped after the call center Chyrisse worked at cut her hours because business slowed. Chyrisse said she offered to make partial payments to cover a portion of t…

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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