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Mustard Seed Project

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Causes: Homeless & Housing, Homeless Centers, Human Services

Mission: The Mustard Seed Project’s mission - guided by a “hand up, not hand out” philosophy - is to connect unsheltered individuals to services and programs through relationship-based outreach and volunteer case management. Composed mainly of passionate student volunteers, MSP is dedicated to developing young local leaders by providing them with the training, professionalism, and socioeconomic competence to better serve their homeless communities

Results: 200+ Volunteers 20+ Clients Connected to Resources and Programs 200+ Homeless Individuals Provided with Basic needs Per Week

Target demographics: At-risk or homeless individuals

Direct beneficiaries per year: 2 individuals with rental assistance, avoiding eviction, 1 family with food assistance for the month and a motel voucher for 3 nights until they move into their new apartment, 1 senior individual with a bed for their newly, unfurnished apartment, 1 individual pay for rental application fees, and 1 individual pay for medication for the month.

Geographic areas served: San Diego and Riverside

Programs: Homeless outreach, volunteer case management, research

Community Stories

10 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Seti A.

Board Member

Rating: 5

When I began my role with MSP during the summer of 2019 at the university chapter level, I could have never imagined the impact that this organization would have on not only the community but myself. MSP is a family, and with all of our shared values I am confident that we will exceed our mission and goals to better assist those in our communities. I feel lucky to have been a part of MSP's growth process and just cannot wait to see all that we can accomplish together in the future for the individuals who need us the most.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I've been a part of MSP for nearly a year and the level of leadership, dedication, and responsibility the organization upholds never cease to surprise me. As a rising grassroots organization, I've seen first hand at how our organization can do so much based on the direct relationships with our friends in the community whether it may be from our neighbors we help support, our partners who always share their guidance, or even our volunteer members that help us to building the network of trust and growth. When the lockdown from COVID-19 began, I was amazed how the members of the board immediately initiated their attention to servicing our community and expressing their consistent concern to our friends as many of the common resources were becoming high barrier due to the quarantine restrictions. The project has a stronghold of values that is amazingly reflected in their commitment to the community!!

Board Member

Rating: 5

Knew about MSP for a year before I was able to get involved. Once I did I was able to see all the work that goes into everything. MSP focuses on teaching volunteers more about the specifics of homelessness/ways for sustainable change (ways to provide hand-ups not hand-outs) and emphasizes a person-first approach with the homeless individuals they work with. The structure of volunteering is very innovative and allows for relationship-focused service navigation and outreach projects. I’ve learned lots and have been able to experience so much. Excited to see how much more it grows!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I've worked with Mustard Seed Project for about two and a half years now. This org is so near and dear to my heart because something that this community does so well is: listening. We really try to take the time to listen to individual stories of our friends we help support. I have loved being apart of this warm and welcoming community.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I've been a part of MSP since 2018 and from the college chapter level to the leadership level, this project does so much for the community. MSP takes a unique, relationship-based approach to helping our neighbors experiencing homelessness and it could not be more effective. I am so so so excited to see MSP continue to grow and I am so thankful to be a part of that growth.

2

Board Member

Rating: 5

Best homeless outreach organization I’ve been apart of. Dedicated volunteers and students who wish to see individuals experiencing homeless housed and get the resources needed for each respective situation. Amazing case management and love from everyone in this group!

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fundraiseMSP 03/04/2020

Thank you for the kind words, Shane. You've been a great help to the team!

2 Sam K.5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

MSP is amazing at providing help for homeless people

2 Quoc N.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I started out as a regular volunteer at the UCSD chapter, after finding one of their flyers around campus. I joined their Research Committee that does weekly outreach and collect testimonials in downtown San Diego. Eventually, I was able to lead my own outreach shift. I decided to join the board at this nonprofit because in all my time as a volunteer, I have never seen a group of people more dedicated or hard-working as the ones from MSP. They wholehearted believe in their mission of solving community homelessness. Their dedication inspired me to do the same. My only hope is that my contributions would be enough to take us far in our mission.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

My friend is member of this project and I know that he works tirelessly with other volunteers to bring aid to the homeless in our community. They go outreaching every week, and I'm reallly glad there are people out there looking out for the homeless in our communities

3 Meryem G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Amazing homeless outreach organization that provides unique and touching opportunities to get more involved with the community.