Client Story: Tenyka

Tenyka “Nikki” Phillips lost her friend, Cindy Jackson, and her sister, Krystal T. Phillips, to murder within seven months of each other.

A man killed Jackson on her birthday on Christmas Day of 2017 in Eatonville, and a man who said he was “awoken by demons” killed Krystal Phillips, 30, in Eatonville on July 13, 2018.  Krystal Phillips left behind an 8-year-old son James. Both of the killings were reported in the news.

James and his father are staying with Tenyka Phillips as they grapple with the loss of the mother of one.

“His father does what he can, but every child needs a mother’s touch,” Tenyka Phillips said. “Everywhere you saw my sister you saw James. He was like a handbag on your shoulder. She took him everywhere.”

Tenyka Phillips, 28, worked the nightshift with her sister at McDonald’s.

“My sister was my everything since day one,” she said. “I was with my sister 24/7. We worked together. We got up together.  I just miss her so much.”

The Mustard Seed assisted Tenyka and James with furniture and clothing. The cost to The Mustard Seed to help one family in need is $393. Won’t you help sponsor this family by donating today?

Client Story: Wanda

Wanda and her four children ages 4,5,7 and 9, were on the verge of losing their home. The family had been living with Wanda’s father, and when he died in 2017, she learned he had fallen behind on his mortgage payments. Wanda’s father suffered from a stroke and couldn’t work for 10 …

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Client Story: Dorothy

Dorothy, 75, found herself homeless after selling everything she owned in her Chicago apartment and moving to Orlando. Before leaving Chicago, Dorothy said she made arrangements to move in with a friend in Orlando. When Dorothy arrived at the airport she called her friend t…

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Client Story: Catherine

Hurricane Irma obliterated the Eatonville apartment Catherine lived in for 19 years. When a tree crashed on her home during the storm she ran outside and took shelter in her truck until the storm had passed. “The whole apartment was leaking so I said I can’t stay here because the ceiling…

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