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 annually.

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

Donate here to help others like Ronnie.

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.

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