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About The Mustard Seed

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 potential God has created within them.

WHERE DID THE NAME COME FROM?

The name of The Mustard Seed comes directly from the Bible, where in Matthew 17:20 it says, “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.

HISTORY OF THE MUSTARD SEED

The Mustard Seed was founded in 1981 when a group of families saw the need for a Christ-centered ministry in the community. Prior to The Mustard Seed’s establishment, many families felt that there were limited options for their loved ones with disabilities. The dream for The Mustard Seed was to provide a place that would “meet the spiritual, physical, emotional, and intellectual needs of adults with developmental disabilities by providing a loving and protected Christian community with meaningful activities that allow the participants to fulfill the potential God created within them.” So, with that dream, and because of our founders’ faith and vision, a seed was planted, and The Mustard Seed began to take root.

Since 1981, God has blessed The Mustard Seed, and because of Him, The Mustard Seed is continuing to “move mountains” within the special needs community.

THE MUSTARD SEED TIMELINE

1981 The Mustard Seed was founded and incorporated. Our founders began meeting in local churches to take steps in achieving our mission statement.

1983 The Bells of Faith handbell choir began performing at local churches and organizations and has continued to minister through meaningful worship and by positive example.

1986 The 1085 Luckney Road campus was purchased, with one resident moving into the group home.

1989 The group home began to grow, with the workshop program beginning in its storage room. We had a contract to pour greenware for The Charter Hospital of Jackson’s art therapy program.

1990 We purchased a second home on campus, which became our Women’s Group Home.

Early 90s The Junior League of Jackson and many other generous volunteers transformed the rudimentary workshop into a functioning ceramic studio and art therapy program for our Seedsters to enjoy and learn artistic skills.

2000 Construction began on a new multipurpose Activity Center, with over 5,000 square feet of activity space, allowing our program to greatly expand.

2001  A fire, caused by an overheated kiln, completely destroyed our workshop. Thankfully, a new and improved workshop was constructed and quickly put into operation.

2011 2011 began with 10 Seedster ladies moving into The Mustard Seed’s NEW Women’s Group Home! By July, our former Women’s Group Home was renovated into a new gift shop and office complex.

2012 We purchased 3.2 acres on the corner of Hand Drive and Newport Road to further expand our campus.

2013 The doors opened to a state-of-the-art Ceramics Workshop and a much-needed renovated Activity Center, which included two safe rooms and a covered porch that housed nine kilns. The new spaces provided classroom areas where Seedsters could enjoy small group activities, classes, ceramic hand-building, and many more life-enriching programs.

2016 In September, we broke ground and began construction on a new Men’s Group Home on the southwest corner of The Mustard Seed campus.

2018 We opened our new Men’s Group Home with 10 men excited to move in. This home replaced our former Men’s Group Home at the front of our campus. Thanks to many supporters, the day the home was opened, the home was completely paid in full!

2023 In January of 2023, we opened a second Gift Shop in the Old Town Railroad District of Ridgeland, MS, giving our ministry greater visibility in the tri-county area.

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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 44 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 our Seedsters with an opportunity to express themselves artistically, while also instilling a great sense of pride and accomplishment as they help contribute to their own support. Our Seedsters’ beautiful ceramics are sold both online and in our gift shops and are responsible for bringing in over 23% of our annual income. Click here to view our online gift shop.

HOW DO I VOLUNTEER?

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

Thank you for wanting to support our mission financially. Click here to see the many ways you can donate to our ministry today.

IS THERE A GIFT SHOP ON CAMPUS?

Yes. Our main gift shop is the first building you see when pulling onto our main campus at 1085 Luckney Road in Brandon. We also have a second gift shop in Ridgeland, MS located at 115 N. Wheatley Street. Click here to checkout our online store and learn more about our gift shops.

WHAT ARE THE GIFT SHOP HOURS?

FLOWOOD/BRANDON GIFT SHOP
Monday-Friday 9:00am-4:00pm
Second Saturdays 10:00am-3:00pm

RIDGELAND GIFT SHOP
Monday-Friday 9:00am-5:00pm
First Saturdays 10:00am-3:00pm

Click here for more information about our hours and locations.

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:

Ginger’s
401 North Fillmore Street
Historic Downtown Corinth
(662) 286-2821 (ext. 1)

 

304 Hwy 82 East
Indianola, MS. 38751
(662) 452-5048

MAIN CAMPUS & GIFT SHOP

1085 Luckney Road
Brandon, MS 39047

PHONE 601-992-3556 (ext.1)

OFFICE HOURS
Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:30pm

GIFT SHOP HOURS
Monday-Friday 9am-4pm
Second Saturdays 10am-3pm

RIDGELAND GIFT SHOP

115 N. Wheatley Street
Ridgeland, MS 39157

PHONE 601-992-3556 (ext.2)

GIFT SHOP HOURS
Monday-Friday 9am-5pm
First Saturdays 10am-3pm

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