As we have found with the COVID-19 pandemic, our worlds can change in an instant from having everything to having nothing. Individuals and families who need furniture assistance from The Mustard Seed of Central Florida Furniture and Clothing Bank are literally eating and sleeping on the floor. Imagine what that's like, especially during this difficult time when families are confined to their homes during goverment lockdowns with nothing to sit on, eat on or sleep on.
Fortunately, as an essential service and the ONLY furniture bank in Central Florida serving the community for 32 years, The Mustard Seed is open and assisting program participants with home furnishings and clothing during COVID-19.
Unfortunately, The Mustard Seed is operating with limited hours and half its staff. We need your help getting The Mustard Seed back to being fully operational during this difficult and uncertain time. The Mustard Seed is a critical resource for helping transition people out of homelessness. We understand many people in our community have lost employment, but if you are in the position to give, a donation, of any amount, will help rebuild and restore lives.
After being homeless and jobless for more than a year, Mustard Seed client Antavia now has full-time employment and a home of her own. Thanks to our supporters, Antavia received more than 15 pieces of furniture from The Mustard Seed during COVID-19 to make her house a home.
Antavia said she hasn’t lost her job at a call center in Lake Mary, which shut down temporarily because of COVID-19. She said her employer is preparing to allow employees to work from home.
Antavia and her two children, ages 3 and 2, had been sleeping on the floor in an unfurnished apartment for more than a week. Prior to that, when Antavia was out of work, she and her children lived in motels and out of her car. She said she borrowed money from friends and family to pay for the motels. However, when her resources ran out, she and her children lived in her car.
She called 2-1-1, a free service provided by United Way that connects area residents to critical health and social service resources. That agency referred her to Pathways to Home for housing assistance. Pathways to Home connected Antavia with The Mustard Seed for home furnishings.
“I am glad you guys are open because we’ve been sleeping on the floor,” Antavia said. “It’s a blessing, especially for a single mother like me.”