Client Story: Darnell

Darnell and his 13-year-old daughter, Haile, lived out of a car for several months after Darnell got injured working on the I-4 Ultimate Improvement Project. Heat produced from a welding arc and spark damaged Darnell’s eyes rendering him legally blind. He could no longer work or pay his rent so his landlord evicted him.

Darnell, who served five years in the Army, said it took him several months to navigate and get help from homeless organizations, so he and his daughter ended up living in his car. They took showers at the YMCA and received some support from friends who also were struggling. Though homeless, Haile still attended school.

“It was really hard (living out of a car), but I still tried to stay in school and get good grades,” Haile said. “What really helped is hanging out with my friends and my dad having a good spirit.”

Darnell is now receiving disability benefits. He said he needs at least six eye surgeries and can’t afford medical care. He said Supportive Services for Veterans Families (SSVF) got him and Haile off the street and is helping with rental assistance.

SSVF referred Darnell to The Mustard Seed for basic furnishings for his new home.

“The Mustard Seed has a high impact,” Darnell said. “For me, this is a starter kit.”

Client Story: Hurveal

In 1982, Hurveal, 61, fell out of a helicopter and broke his back during an Army training exercise in Hawaii. Hurveal served eight years in the Army before the incident left him permanently disabled. But Hurveal’s disability and limited income doesn’t stop him from opening his home and …

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Client Story: Willie

It’s been a year since a bathroom leak drove Willie out of her Orlando home she’s lived in for nearly 50 years. Water poured out of a tank inside a bathroom and flooded Willie’s home. The flooding led to mold growth and a cracked ceiling from moisture. The mold destroyed Willie’s clo…

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Client Story: Morales Family

It’s an experience Erica said she’ll never forget – waking up in the middle of the night to evacuate her 32-year-old son Elliot, who has Down Syndrome, as Hurricane Maria ravaged their home in Puerto Rico. “He was horrified,” Erica said of Elliot as she and her husband,…

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Party at the Castle! – Feb. 9, 2019

January 4, 2019

Join us for a party at the only church-owned brewery in the country! Enjoy a variety of 12 beers, wine, cider and non-alcoholic beverages. Food trucks and live music! Family-friendly.

Free admission. 15% of all sales throughout the day to benefit The Mustard Seed of Central Florida Furniture… read more

World Sports Alumni Bowl Party – Jan. 25, 2019

January 4, 2019

Join us at the World Sports Alumni Bowl Party at Ace Cafe Orlando, Fri., Jan. 25! Over 50 celebrities attending, including Devin Hester, Chris Johnson, Riddick Bowe, Ike Taylor and Brandon Meriweather! Use discount code “mustardseed” for 10% off tickets or “MUSTARDVIP” for 20% off VIP ticket… read more