ABOUT THE MUSTARD SEED

WHAT IS ON THE MUSTARD SEED CAMPUS?

Starting with the Bells of Faith Handbell Choir, The Mustard Seed has grown to include two group homes, a walking track, a swimming pool, a gift shop, a ceramics studio and workshop, a multi-purpose activity center, two classrooms that double as safe rooms, and a clay classroom. All of this is on nearly 13 acres in Brandon, Mississippi.

 

HOW MANY SEEDSTERS ARE AT THE MUSTARD SEED?

We currently have 42 clients who's ages range from age 21-76.

 

WHO FOUNDED THE MUSTARD SEED?

The founding members were parents of adults with developmental disabilities and others who saw the need for a Christ-centered ministry in the community.  Prior to the Mustard Seed's inception in 1981, many parents and guardians of adults with developmental disabilities had few options for the care of their loved ones. These visionaries knew that their special persons had great potential for growth and the right to their own life experiences.

 

WHEN DID THE FIRST GROUP HOME OPEN?

The first group home opened in 1986.

 

WHAT ARE THE GROUP HOMES LIKE?

Twenty residents live in the group homes (10 men in the men's home and 10 women in the women's home). Within the households, Seedsters share experiences and responsibilities in a family-like atmosphere with their roommates, housemates, and house parents. The  homes are closed for certain periods throughout the year so that our Seedsters can spend time with their families.

 

WHY DO YOU HAVE A CERAMICS PROGRAM?

The ceramic arts program at The Mustard Seed provides clients with an opportunity to contribute to their own support. The Seedsters ceramics are sold and are responsible for bringing in over 23% of our annual income. Painting provides the Seedsters an opportunity to express themselves, and it instills a great sense of pride in each and every one of the Seedsters who currently participate in the day program.

 

HOW DO I VOLUNTEER?

Volunteering is easy! Just click here and fill out an application.

 

I DO NOT HAVE THE TIME TO VOLUNEER, BUT I WOULD LIKE TO SUPPORT FINANCIALLY.

How can I give a monetary donation? Endowment Campaign, Annual Giving, Gifts of Securities, Estate Bequests, Charitable Trusts. You can also donate online by clicking here.

 

IS THERE A GIFT SHOP ON CAMPUS?

Yes. When you turn into the main entrance, it's the first house you see. Look for the red rocking chairs on the porch. You can read more about our Gift Shop by clicking here.

 

WHAT ARE THE GIFT SHOP HOURS?

The hours of operation are 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday, and the Second Saturday of each month from 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM.

 

IF I BUY SOMETHING IN THE GIFT SHOP, WHERE DOES THAT MONEY GO?

100% of the money collected from our Gift Shop goes to The Mustard Seed's program and accounts for over 20% of our annual budget.

 

IS THERE ANYWHERE BESIDES THE GIFT SHOP WHERE I CAN PURCHASE MUSTARD SEED GIFTS?

Mustard Seed gifts are available for sale at the following locations:

 

M7 Coffee Shop
111 N. Wheatley Street
Ridgeland, MS 39157
(601) 790-7971

 

Pughs Floral Shop, Inc.
3902 Market Street
Pascagoula, MS 39567
(228) 0762-4411

 

The Pet Shop of Fondren
2947 Old Canton Rd. Suite G
Jackson, Mississippi
(601) 398-4198

 

WHAT IS THE MISSION OF THE MUSTARD SEED?

The Mustard Seed is a Christian community for adults with developmental disabilities. Founded in 1981 to meet the spiritual, physical, emotional, and intellectual needs of adults with special needs, The Mustard Seed provides a loving and protected environment with meaningful activities which allow the "Seedsters" to fulfill the the potential God has created within them.

 

WHERE DID THE NAME COME FROM?

The name of The Mustard Seed comes directly from the Bible. Matthew 17:20 says that "if ye have faith even as small as a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, 'move from here to there,' and it will move and nothing will be impossible to you."

 

WHERE DOES FUNDING COME FROM?

The Mustard Seed is a private §501(c)(3) charitable organization and by choice does not receive government funding. In addition to Seedsters' monthly tuition, support relies on individuals, corporations, foundations, churches, and others who believe in our mission.