Mustard Seed Communities
Mission Statement: Inspired by the healing and caring Ministry of Jesus Christ, we aim through the positive interaction of caring, sharing and training, to uplift the most vulnerable members of society, especially handicapped and abandoned children, and marginalized communities. We are committed to the fostering of homes and communities, which will lead us all to loving service and mutual respect and which will bring us joy, hope and dignity.
Mustard Seed Communities (MSC) is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to caring for the most vulnerable populations in society. MSC began in 1978 as a home for abandoned and handicapped children on the outskirts of Kingston, Jamaica. We have since expanded and built additional facilities in Nicaragua, Dominican Republic and Zimbabwe. The majority of our programs are dedicated to the care of children with serious physical and mental disabilities such as Down syndrome, hydrocephalus, cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophy. MSC also cares for children affected by HIV/AIDS in Jamaica and Zimbabwe. In Jamaica, we have a home for teenage mothers and their babies. Our vision for each apostolate is to create a loving and caring environment to aid in the physical, mental and spiritual development of our residents.
In addition to caring for our residents, MSC is involved in numerous outreach and community development initiatives in the countries where we serve. MSC employs over 300 local workers, offering jobs, training and economic viability to people who would otherwise have no opportunity to break out of the cycle of poverty. MSC strives to introduce skills into the community and to empower its people. We are working towards helping our apostolates become fully self-sufficient through sustainable agriculture. Our hope is that this will improve the quality of life for our residents while fostering a sense of responsibility within the local community.