CFN very much believes the social-profit sector of Calgary is a family of caregivers, helping those who need it most, however and wherever we can. Each has its own story, its own passion and for 35 years, the Mustard Seed has worked towards to eliminating homelessness and reducing poverty. The organization aspires to be a haven of hope for those seeking refuge from mental illness, discrimination, addiction, unemployment and other entities that can cause homelessness.
The Mustard Seed started out as the Burning Bush Coffee house in Calgary, which was run by the First Baptist Church in the early 70s and 80s. The founder of the Mustard Seed, Pat Nixon, later began expansion of the Mustard Seed by moving the establishment to 11 Ave in the SE. Since then, the Mustard Seed has prospered and expanded into cities across western Canada like Edmonton, Kamloops, Medicine Hat, and Red Deer.
The Mustard Seed has also become a multi-purpose industry that not only offers immediate shelter, food, clothing and hot showers, but is also works as a street church, active food bank, and family centre. One can find wide-ranging classes to do with budgeting, cooking, and employee training, all of which provide those in need with practical experience for potential employment.
The Mustard Seed recognizes that poverty is a vicious cycle, with a multitude of setbacks at every turn. That is why the organization believes in offering a hand up in overcoming social boundaries to meet every single person on a social, spiritual, and physical level. Through the empowerment and education of clients, it is the Mustard Seed’s hope to have long-lasting effects and impacts on everyone who reaches out to the Mustard Seed for help. In the future, the Mustard Seed hopes to expand its operations even further in hopes to provide family and childcare support.
For more information on the Mustard Seed, and for more ways you can support the organization visit: https://theseed.ca/services-calgary/