Meet the Residents

Lincoln

Volunteers and supporters, like you, mean a lot to the residents at Mustard Seed. You're a tremendous source of care, companionship, and connection to the rest of the world. With the current pandemic, one of our residents, Lincoln, wanted to share this message.

Jamoly

Jamoly came to live at Mustard Seed Communities when he was 7 months old. He had been abandoned at the hospital. Jamoly has hydrocephalus and was not expected to walk or even speak. Today, Jamoly is 5 years old, talks in full sentences, and attends school. He is crawling, able to pull himself up to stand, and his caregivers believe that he will eventually walk. Thanks to the care he has received at Mustard Seed, Jamoly is thriving.

Kimoya

The future is bright for Kimoya. At 6 years old, she loves school, reading, and helping her fellow residents. Her teachers think she may be able to join general education classes.

Kimoya was 2 years old when she arrived at Mustard Seed Communities in 2016. Kimoya is hearing impaired and, at first, she was not able to walk far without falling down. With physical therapy and leg splints fitted for her, Kimoya is now walking and running around her home of Gift of Hope in Jamaica. She has had hearing tests and will soon receive a hearing aid. Her caregivers believe she will be able to speak fully. Every day is a new day filled with possibilities for Kimoya.

Moya

Moya is a resident at Blessed Assurance, our apostolate near Montego Bay, Jamaica. Although Moya cannot hear or speak, you won't find it hard to know what's on her mind. She has a bright smile and contagious laughter to share with everyone. She finds joy in crafts, especially jewelry-making! Thank you for sharing your smile with us every day, Moya.

Abbi-Gayle

Abbi-Gayle came to Mustard Seed when she was 12 years old. When she first arrived, she wasn't very verbal and now she is speaking much more. She is a fashionable, friendly, and loving young woman. Abbi-Gayle is helpful and caring, especially with the younger residents. She likes to take other residents on nature walks around her home, Blessed Assurance, in Jamaica. She is learning at school and working on coloring, matching, and writing. In the future, her caregivers expect that she will be able to do more and assist with projects around the home. 

Jerome

Jerome has been part of the Mustard Seed family since he was 3 years old. Born with cerebral palsy and developmental disabilities, his mother wasn't able to care for him while also working to provide for his siblings. With nowhere else to go, he was brought to Mustard Seed. 

Now 27 years old, having received many years of care and therapy at Mustard Seed, Jerome has gained independence. He loves using his mobility cart at his daily job of labeling and delivering eggs at MSC's farm at Jerusalem! Jerome also makes time to work on his passion—assisting the wheelchair technicians in making repairs.

Claude

Meet Claude. He is 48 years old and is a longtime resident of Jerusalem! at Mustard Seed Communities Jamaica. His sweet soul shines through the smile that always remains on his face and he is loved by mission volunteers and caregivers alike. When Claude arrived at MSC, he had essentially no mobility and was restricted to a constant reclined position due to the severity of his spina bifida. Throughout his years at MSC, Claude's physical health and ability to complete daily tasks of living have improved.

Keemo

Keemo always has a bright, smiling face. With a childhood of surgeries that led to him losing his ability to walk, understandably he wasn't always so positive. Now, he is an inspirational speaker and shares his story with the hope that his joyful spirit will help others.

Raheem

Raheem is a resident of Sophie's Place in Jamaica. He came to Mustard Seed when he was only 1 year old and desperately in need of care. When he arrived, Raheem was severely underweight and unable to crawl or even sit up.

Since coming to Mustard Seed, Raheem has received extensive therapy and support from our caregivers. Now, he can sit up on his own to engage people and the world around him. That's a huge milestone, but Raheem still can't crawl or speak. He has a long way to go and our community will be there to help him.

Gracie

Since the day she came to MSC Jamaica, Gracie has captured the hearts of staff and volunteers alike. Gracie has Down syndrome and was abandoned by her mother as a baby. Now 4 years old, Gracie just finished her first year of preschool at MSC’s Little Angel’s Learning Center. Like any other child, she loves to color and play with her classmates. Gracie is responding so well to early education and speech therapy that she will be ready to enter a mainstream elementary school with her peers.

Brilliant

MSC Zimbabwe has been Brilliant’s home since he was abandoned when he was 3 years old. He lost his lower legs due to spina bifida but that has not stopped him. Now at 13 years old, Brilliant loves music and especially playing the drums.

Sheldon

A bright and curious child, Sheldon was five when he met Monsignor Gregory at the hospital where he was living. He was abandoned by his parents as a baby and was unable to walk because of spina bifida. He came to live at a MSC home where he was cared for and loved. The staff at Mustard Seed were much more than caregivers, they became his family. Today, he is MSC Jamaica’s technology specialist.