It all started in 1981 when a group of six families rallied together behind a common vision- to create an organization that drastically improved the quality of life physically, mentally, and spiritually for adults living with special needs. At the time, no such program existed in the Jackson metro area, and since its inception, not one person involved with The Mustard Seed has left unchanged.
The Mustard Seed is located at 1085 Luckney Road, in Flowood, and grown from the original six families with a vision to having two residential homes, a 10,000-square-foot workshop and activity space, a gift shop, and an administrative office space. Currently, there are 18 adults with special needs living in the two residential homes with another 23 enrolled in the Day Program. The “Seedsters,” as the clients are lovingly known, enjoy painting ceramics, being a part of enrichment classes, hand-building with clay to create art pieces, exercising, spending time visiting with volunteers, and experiencing great events and activities through the surrounding community.
“Unique” is a word that describes not only the Seedsters, but also their beautiful, handcrafted ceramics. Each piece is made with love and sold to directly benefit the ministry of The Mustard Seed. In addition to financial support from the ceramics, remaining funding comes from the generous support of individuals, corporations, foundations, churches, and schools, as well as tuition paid by each Seedster family. The Mustard Seed does not receive State or Federal funding; therefore, support from the community is vital to it’s ongoing success.
Transforming lives, teaching skills, creating art, and loving life are all intrinsic to the culture that’s been created at The Mustard Seed.
“With the Seedsters, it’s the simple things that matter. Every day they put things into perspective for me and many others,” Del Harrington, Director of Community Relations, said. “They change us. They change every person they meet, and it’s all for the better. They’re the true story.”
Interested in how you can Do Good with The Mustard Seed? Plan to participate in their annual Mustard Seed Open House on December 5, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The Mustard Seed Open House will include a baked goods sale, a Bells of Faith handbell choir performance, a tour of our campus, and much. It’s a lot of fun for a great cause!