The mission of The Mustard Seed Furniture and Clothing Bank is to help to rebuild the lives of families and individuals who have suffered disaster or personal tragedy by providing household furnishings and clothing while being environmentally responsible to our community.
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. 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 as well as anything and everything to create a home. We grant the donated items to prequalified families and individuals to help them re-establish a home.
The Mustard Seed is a critical resource in establishing stability and creating a home. By serving families who are suffering from domestic abuse, drug rehab recovery, homeless transition, returning veterans, medical hardships, fire , natural disasters and the economically disadvantaged.
The beautiful building which houses the Mustard Seed Furniture and Clothing Bank was built entirely by the hearts, hands, and generosity of our caring community partners. We can never thank them enough for their gifts and support. By July of 1999, they built a beautiful 20,000 square foot building with separate areas to house our Clothing and Furniture Departments, four individual air conditioned rooms to house our Dish Room, Toy Room, Linens Department and Housewares Department, as well as the administrative offices. In fall 2005, the Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation gifted The Mustard Seed with a beautiful large sign for the warehouse to make it easier to see from the main road.
During fiscal year 2012-2013 nearly 1,300 Central Florida families, including over 2,880children received basic stability with furnishing from The Mustard Seed. Over 97% of those served are economically disadvantaged, per the Federal Poverty Index. The other 3% are disaster victims whose circumstances left them without financial resources to create new futures.
The Mustard Seed has accomplished much in its 28 years of service!
With the addition of an entire recycling department, The Mustard Seed uses and re-uses every single item donated. The Mustard Seed is able to recycle the unusable items through their individual parts: Metals, cardboard, sheet plastics, fabric, foam, wood and electronics.
Since 2011, The Mustard Seed Recycle Program deconstructed over 120,000 mattresses saving over 720,000 cubic yards of landfill space, reducing dump expenses and protecting our environment. This recycling generates income to help fund the furniture and clothing program.
After 30 years of service The Mustard Seed is still growing and evolving into a nonprofit for the future, one that is self-sustaining and able to adapt to the growing needs in the community.