The Mustard Seed

The Mustard Seed of Central Florida was established in 1984 at a time when homelessness was just beginning to emerge as a community-wide epidemic. It grew from the personal commitment of the founder, Carol Kane, who saw all homeless individuals, regardless of race, creed, or social status, simply as God’s children in need of assistance. This non-profit, charitable organization is the result of Carol’s faith. It started out of her garage and became an official 501c3 organization in 1988.The Mustard Seed is the only furniture and clothing bank in Central Florida.

The Mustard Seed collects donations of furniture, appliances, household items, linens, dishes, toys, home decor and anything that makes a house a comfortable home. The Mustard Seed will furnish an entire home for economically qualifying families and individuals.

The Mustard Seed is a critical resource in establishing a stable home environment. It serves individuals transitioning out of homelessness and drug rehab recovery and also those suffering from domestic abuse, medical hardships, natural disasters and economic challenges.

Our Facility

The Mustard Seed’s 20,000 square-foot warehouse was built in 1999 entirely by the hearts, hands, and generosity of its caring community partners. The Mustard Seed is so grateful for their kindness and generosity.

In the fall of 2005, the Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation gifted The Mustard Seed with a wonderful sign for the warehouse to make it more visible from Keller Road and Kennedy Boulevard.

The Mustard Seed assists more than 3,000 people annually. About 97 percent of those served are economically disadvantaged, according to the Federal Poverty Index. The other 3 percent are disaster victims whose circumstances left them without financial resources to create stable futures.

The Mustard Seed has accomplished much in its more than 30 years of service!

With the addition of an entire Recycling Department, The Mustard Seed uses and re-uses every item donated. The Mustard Seed is able to recycle the unusable items through their individual parts: metals, cardboard, sheet plastics, fabric, foam and wood.

Since 2011, The Mustard Seed’s Recycling Department deconstructed more than 160,000 mattresses and sold their components, diverting nearly 4 million cubic feet of waste from the landfill while protecting the environment. The Mustard Seed’s recycling efforts generate income to help fund the furniture and clothing programs.

After more than 30 years of service, The Mustard Seed is still growing and evolving into a non-profit for the future, one that is self-sustaining and able to adapt to the growing needs in the community.

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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Latest News

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

TMS Receives Third Place for Best Local Charitable Group

August 30, 2021

Orlando Weekly’s Best of Orlando 2021 results are out, and The Mustard Seed is honored to have received third place for Best Local Charitable Group! Congratulations to first place winner Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida and second place winner Zebra Coalition!

Thank you for your su… read more