May 1, 2024

Cooking with The Mustard Seed

We have asked our Mustard Seed chefs to put together some simple recipes that use inexpensive ingredients and will fill…

Community, Affordability, Recipe

January 17, 2024

Rock the Nation: Nurturing Leadership and Skills in Calgary's Youth

Rock the Nation is a transformative 12-week youth program spearheaded by The Mustard Seed’s (TMS) community outreach team.

Community, Calgary, Youth

October 5, 2023

Chef Spotlight: Tyler

Tyler is a true inspiration, his story begins with addictions and rehab but what seemed the end was only a…

Community, Thanksgiving, Meals

July 21, 2023

Helping Hatter's Find Hope

Read real stories of guests that have come to The Mustard Seed looking for support, but found so much more.

Community, Medicine Hat

May 26, 2023

A Little Guide to Shopping More Sustainably

Looking for some simple ways to save money? We made a little guide just for you!

Community, Programming, Tips

August 31, 2022

7 Ways to Help People Experiencing Homelessness Beat the Summer Heatwave

For those experiencing homelessness, the summer heat can be just as dangerous as the cold weather in the winter when…

Community, Shelter, Summer, Heat, Tips

August 22, 2022

A New Way to HELP Those Experiencing Homelessness

The Human-Centered Engagement and Liaison Partnership, or more commonly known as HELP, was started in January of 2021. This partnership…

Community, Edmonton, Emergency Services, Community Engagement, Edmonton Police Service

May 3, 2022

Health and Wellness is about much more than medical care.

The Mustard Seed's health and wellness programing is a chance to offer to hope and wellbeing to adults experiencing homelessness.…

Community, Programming, Wellness Centre, Health and Wellness

April 26, 2022

Volunteers: The backbone of The Mustard Seed

This week is about celebrating our volunteers! It is because of their dedication to our organization that we can continue…

Community, Thank You, Volunteer, National Volunteer Week

March 17, 2022

Laundry for all: How two women are trying to make laundry services more accessible

After The Neighbour Centre had to close temporarily due to renovations, Alycia and Raelene saw a gap emerge in accessible…

Community, Edmonton, Neighbour Centre, Laundry

February 23, 2022

Hope in the Midst of a Pandemic: Bryan's Story

After moving to Canada from Uganda, Bryan came to The Mustard Seed looking for refuge. Now, over two years later,…

Community, Edmonton, Employee, SeedStories

January 28, 2022

SeedReach: How The Mustard Seed is Reaching Calgary’s most Vulnerable Citizens

The goal of SeedReach is to work at dismantling the barriers that can surround accessing services for those experiencing homelessness…

Community, Calgary, Mental Health

January 18, 2022

Boxed Blessings: Spreading Joy One Box at a Time

Who knew a simple conversation on a train one afternoon could turn into a fundraiser aimed at helping our most…

Community, Donation, Edmonton, Care Package, Thank You, Give Back, Support

January 5, 2022

We Couldn’t Have Made It Through 2021 Without You

Here at The Mustard Seed, we have been overwhelmed by the generosity shown by our communities throughout Alberta and BC…

Community, Programming, Thank You, New Year

December 21, 2021

The Family Gift Centre: Bringing Christmas Joy to Those in Need

The Family Gift Center, an event put on each during the Christmas season by The Mustard Seed Edmonton that gives…

Community, Gift, Edmonton, Christmas, Toy Drive, Kids

November 30, 2021

How to Host a DIY Fundraiser with Great Ideas for You!

The Mustard Seed has a new website that outlines how to run your own DIY fundraiser on our behalf. Are…

Community, Events, Give Back, Fundraiser, All Cities, DIY Fundraiser

November 26, 2021

Giving Tuesday at The Mustard Seed: Coming Together to Give Back and Change Lives

On November 30th, be a part of this global day of giving and help us reach our goal of $100,000.…

Community, Donation, Events, Give Back, All Cities, Giving Tuesday

October 21, 2021

Volunteers: The Life Blood of The Mustard Seed

It is volunteers that allow The Mustard Seed to provide its vast amount of programming and support for those experiencing…

Community, Thank You, Volunteer, All Cities

October 1, 2021

The Mustard Seed's School Lunch Program

The Mustard Seed Red Deer’s School Lunch Program is a vital program that provides lunches for students from impoverished families…

Community, Red Deer, Volunteer, Support, Kids, Poverty, Youth, Students

September 21, 2021

Calling All Gamers: Join Us For Hope 2 Game!

Gamers, are you ready? On September 25th and 26th, The Mustard Seed is hosting our very first esports tournament and…

Community, Events, Fundraiser, All Cities, esports

July 15, 2021

Giving Hope: Volunteer Spotlight

This month, we would like to appreciate one of our valued volunteers, Theo Nelson!

Community, Calgary, Thank You, Volunteer

July 9, 2021

The Mustard Seed Celebrates 5 Years of Growing Hope in Red Deer

On July 5th The Mustard Seed Red Deer celebrated their 5-year anniversary!

Community, Red Deer, Thank You, Anniversary, Summer

June 21, 2021

Indigenous Wellness Program Promotes Wellness and Healing through Culture

The Mustard Seed’s Indigenous Wellness Program was developed to ensure culturally appropriate supports are available to help the Indigenous population.

Community, Indigenous, Programming, Mental Health, Wellness, Well Being, Support, Indigenous Wellness Program, Healing

June 15, 2021

Hope Begins with Health and Wellness

At the Mustard Seed we strive to not just provide a warm meal and safe place to sleep – but…

Community, Mental Health, Wellness, Well Being, Recovery, All Cities, Hope, Health and Wellness

May 25, 2021

Shining a Light on an Amazing Partner: GlowStone Lighting

We are incredibly grateful to have GlowStone Lighting as a partner, and we want to give them a huge thank…

Community, Calgary, Thank You, Donor, Partnership, Collaboration

May 14, 2021

The Mustard Seed Calgary Honoured at the United Way’s Bhayana and Agency Awards

The Mustard Seed Calgary is elated to have received the Engaging Communities Award as part of the United Way’s Bhayana…

Community, Calgary, Thank You, COVID-19, Partnership, Awards, Collaboration

April 22, 2021

H&R Block Returns Hope to Those In Need

For the past 5 years, H&R Block has partnered with The Mustard Seed to provide free tax filing services to…

Community, Medicine Hat, Calgary, Give Back, Kamloops, Taxes, Partnership

April 19, 2021

A Staple in the Kitchen: Celebrating Nigel's Decade of Volunteering

For more than a decade, Nigel has been giving up his Tuesday mornings to cook meals for the less fortunate.

Community, Thank You, Kamloops, Volunteer, National Volunteer Week, Meals

March 19, 2021

4 Seasons = 1 Reason

This week marks the one-year anniversary of our resilient Medicine Hat team making the creative changes to fill the bellies…

Community, Medicine Hat, Meals, COVID-19, Daily Feeding Program

March 15, 2021

Take a Bite Out of YKA Pizza Week

A delicious fundraiser has been created in support of The Mustard Seed Kamloops! The newly established Pizza Now is the…

Community, Events, Kamloops, Fundraiser

March 12, 2021

New Beginnings Start With A Meal

Enjoying a big plate of Easter dinner is something many of us take for granted. But for someone who is…

Community, Give Back, Homelessness, Poverty, New Beginning, All Cities, Donate, Hope, Easter

February 26, 2021

Coming Together While Apart – CNOY 2021

On February 20th (and throughout the month), more than 24,000 Canadians walked in the Coldest Night of the Year –…

Community, Events, Thank You, Fundraiser, Cold, Winter, CNOY, All Cities

February 11, 2021

CNOY 2021 Has Gone Virtual!

Brave the cold with us this February for The Coldest Night of the Year - a COVID-19-safe, virtual walk-a-thon fundraiser…

Community, Events, Fundraiser, Winter, CNOY, All Cities

December 17, 2020

Ice Cream, Coffee, & Music: Local businesses team up for 5th annual holiday giveback campaign

The Mustard Seed is truly fortunate to collaborate once again with three local treasures this Christmas season. Monogram Coffee, Made…

Community, Edmonton, Calgary, Holiday Campaign, Ellen Doty, Made by Marcus, Monogram Coffee, Local

October 8, 2020

Harvesting Hope To Help Medicine Hat’s Most Vulnerable Community

The Mustard Seed hosted its first Harvest Takeaway event in Medicine Hat that gave donors the opportunity to purchase a…

Community, Events, Medicine Hat, Local, Farmers Market

June 3, 2020

Introducing The Dinner2Door Program

The Mustard Seed has launched its Dinner2Door program which delivers hot meals to Edmontonians in need who are unable to…

Community, Programming, Edmonton

May 13, 2020

Keeping our Vulnerable Community Safe in Kamloops

Michaela Jyrkkanen, Clinic and Advocacy Services Manager for The Mustard Seed was extremely grateful to Dale Walker and his team…

Community, Donation

March 23, 2020

From CBC, “Calgary homeless shelters get boost to help prevent spread of COVID-19”

Shelters in Calgary are receiving a financial boost from the province to help implement social distancing measures.

Community, Media Article

March 12, 2020

The Perspective of an Art Volunteer

“Whoever believes in him shall not perish” is what Bill painted at the bottom of his canvas. About 40 years…

Community, Programming

January 9, 2020

Saying Goodbye to Deb from The Mosaic Centre

Deb has been a familiar face and a source of inspiration and hope for many community participants who have now…

Community, Art, Mosaic Centre

December 4, 2019

Home Hardware Builds Community with Donations and Dollars

Every year Kamloops Home Hardware raises funds through their Ladies Night charity event, partnering with a community-focused not-for-profit like The…

Community, Donation, Give Back, Kamloops

October 30, 2019

A Portrait of Giving Back Through In-Kind Donations

In-kind donations can be just as impactful as a gift of cash. Many non-profit agencies lack the resources to fund…

Community, Donation, Kamloops, In-Kind Donation

September 5, 2019

Foresters have Generosity in the Bag

This summer, those living on the streets of Kamloops and those who are low-income individuals who came to The Mustard…

Community, Give Back, Kamloops

July 9, 2019

Stampede 2019 For The Win

Our post-parade Stampede BBQ once again brought out the best in our neighbours and city! For our 12th straight year,…

Community, Calgary, Stampede

May 24, 2019

Growing Our Gardens Across The Mustard Seed

Across our locations, we’ve begun prepping our soil, counting our seeds, and recruiting our clients. We have projects thriving everywhere…

Community, Garden

April 30, 2019

He Gave One Day, and it Changed His Life Forever

When The Mustard Seed Kamloops launched its campaign to attract more local dentists to volunteer their time at their dental…

Community, Kamloops, Dental

November 14, 2018


By day, she works as a communications specialist, and by night, she gathers a team of caring volunteers to collect…

Community, Give Back, Homelessness

August 17, 2018

Harvesting Hope One Vegetable at a Time

For the last six years, Lady Flower Gardens (LFG) has become a weekly respite for individuals experiencing homelessness and poverty…

Community, Programming, Edmonton, Wellness, Garden, Food Bank

July 18, 2018

How Did Your Stampede Go?!

At The Mustard Seed, we kicked off the festivities with our annual Stampede BBQ last Friday after the parade, where…

Community, Events, BBQ, Calgary, Summer, Stampede

July 11, 2018

Behind the Scenes of an Employment Program Event

The employment program at The Mustard Seed is known for its INNOVATION and COLLABORATION. Our goal is to get our…

Community, Programming, Events, Employment

July 5, 2018

Buckley Siblings Will Kickoff Stampede BBQ

Once again The Mustard Seed is gearing up for our Friday Stampede BBQ where thousands of our neighbours come out…

Community, Calgary, Stampede

May 7, 2018

Making a Difference: Velma E. Baker School

This year, the ‘Wise Wolves’ Grade 3 class at Velma E. Baker School dedicated themselves to being difference makers.

Community, Edmonton, Thank You, Give Back, Volunteer, Fundraiser

April 16, 2018

The Kindness and Generosity of Volunteers

Every year, an average of 30,000 people volunteer for The Mustard Seed. Collectively, they generously dedicate 75,000 hours of their…

Community, Thank You, Give Back, Volunteer, Team, National Volunteer Week

April 13, 2018

City Lawyers Cook a Fabulous Meal for 370 Hungry Guests

Lawyers and their staff at Balbi & Company Legal Centre consider themselves blessed to have healthy lives and careers full…

Community, Calgary, Give Back, Volunteer

March 30, 2018

Residents Choose Vulnerable Children for Special Surprise Gift

Every Sunday in the 1010 Tower, residents meet for Chaplain David’s Spiritual Care program where they come together to offer…

Community, Donation, Calgary, Give Back, Residents, 1010 Centre

March 29, 2018

The Mustard Seed and H&R Block Canada Partner Up

Workers who are experiencing homelessness face serious challenges that may prevent them from claiming income tax. Sometimes this means many…

Community, Calgary, Homeless, Support, Poverty, Taxes

February 27, 2018

Art Night with Hailey: Marlborough Park Neighbour Centre

Meet Hailey, a skilled 9-year old with a sharp eye for painting works of art in minutes! On Thursday night,…

Community, Events, Calgary, Art, Family, Neighbour Centre

February 13, 2018

Grandma Karin and the Mosaic Centre Family

Wednesday mornings are a special time at Mosaic Centre. We have a very wonderful lady who comes to do crafts…

Community, Edmonton, Art, Mosaic Centre, Family

February 7, 2018

Big Night Out for 1010 Centre Residents

This past giving season, the newly annual Resident’s Night Out event proved once again to not only fill and feed…

Community, Gift, Events, Calgary, 1010 Centre

December 11, 2017

A Grandma Who Cared Enough to Make Something

It all started 10 years ago, when Terry Gauthier – a mother of two, and grandmother to four grandchildren and…

Community, Donation, Edmonton, Give Back

October 19, 2017

Logan Has Planted the Seed of a Legacy That Will Continue to Grow

At age 10, Logan has planted the seed of a legacy that will continue to grow. He donated $500. …

Community, Donation, Give Back, Legacy Giving

October 16, 2017

Liz Tells of a Life Changing Warm Summer Evening

It was one of those warm summer evenings, and I just needed to run some errands. We stopped at a…

Community, Homeless, Story, Poverty, Donor

October 12, 2017

Cat Cuddling Brings Purpose to a Guest

Elise approached me during a resident engagement event. She told me she had lost her passion and wished she could…

Community, Story, Volunteer, Hope

August 10, 2017

Hate to Hope

Chevi Rabbit stands in front of the underwear bin at The Mustard Seed and stops. The shelves are empty. You…

Community, Edmonton, Events, Donate, Hope

June 15, 2017

The Mustard Seed Welcomes Mosaic Centre

The Mustard Seed is excited to announce its newest partnership with northeast Edmonton’s Mosaic Centre. On June 15, the two…

Community, Edmonton, Mosaic Centre, Merger

May 29, 2017

From Prison into the Community

Brigitte has been out of prison for four years. She won’t discuss her crime or her sentence. She’s silent about…

Community, Edmonton, Wellness, Prison, Reintegration, Transition

May 23, 2017

Hockey Helps the Homeless

Hockey Helps the Homeless is a national organization based out of Toronto. It has raised 10 million dollars to combat…

Community, Edmonton, Events, Fundraiser

April 27, 2017

Join Red Deer’s PCN Women’s Fun Run on Saturday, May 12

Lace up those sneakers! The annual Red Deer Primary Care Network (PCN) Women’s Fun Run is set to go on…

Community, Events, Red Deer, Fundraiser, Fun Run, Primary Care Network

April 24, 2017

Volunteers Breathe New Life into the Rooftop Garden

The garden on the rooftop of our downtown support centre in Calgary has become a place of peace and pleasure…

Community, Calgary, Volunteer, Garden, National Volunteer Week

March 2, 2017

Volunteers Make Family Day Special for 1010 Centre Residents

Many 1010 Centre residents know how it feels to be in need of a hot meal and a place to…

Community, Volunteer, Housing, Residents, Family, 1010 Centre

March 1, 2017

Remembering Ricky

They call themselves Jordahl Strong. It doesn’t take long to figure out where the name came from.

Community, Edmonton, CNOY

February 27, 2017

H&R Block Hosts Free Tax Clinic at The Mustard Seed

2017 tax season is here, and for many of our residents and guests and people experiencing poverty and homelessness in…

Community, Calgary, Taxes

February 1, 2017

Coldest Night of the Year 2017

On February 25, 2017 thousands of Canadians will don their toques, scarves and parkas for The Coldest Night of the…

Community, Fundraiser, Winter, CNOY

February 1, 2017

CMDA Announces The Mustard Seed as Charitable Recipient for 2017 Gala

The Mustard Seed has been selected by the Calgary Motor Dealer Association as one of the charitable recipients for the…

Community, Donation, Events, Thank You

January 5, 2017

Cookies for Gloves

Sometimes the big picture can be overwhelming. Ending poverty, for instance, can seem like a huge undertaking. But for others,…

Community, Donation, Give Back, Family

December 28, 2016

Gifts and More

“For the past two years, my kids never woke up to presents.” It’s a terrible memory of holidays past. Grace,…

Community, Donation, Edmonton, Christmas

December 23, 2016

Adam’s Gift

Two years ago around Christmastime, Luke Barton and his friend Adam Powell decided to do something incredibly special and kind…

Community, Donation, Gift, Events, Calgary, Christmas, Family, 1010 Centre

December 6, 2016

Help Portrait Gives a ‘Picture Perfect’ Gift to Those in Need

“I feel beautiful!” It’s been a long time since Eliza felt that way. Today, she has makeup applied by a…

Community, Edmonton

November 18, 2016

Wellness Centre Seeks to Improve the Wellbeing of Calgary’s Most Vulnerable

On November 18, The Mustard Seed celebrated the opening of the Wellness Centre. The opening marks more than a…

Community, Calgary, Wellness, Wellness Centre

November 1, 2016

Overcoming Employment Barriers in Old Strathcona

When you don’t have a permanent address, phone number or even basic identification finding an employer that is willing to…

Community, Programming, Edmonton, Employment, Neighbour Centre

October 19, 2016

The Diaper Lady

At The Mustard Seed we believe a small seed or deed can grow into something big. A great example…

Community, Donation, Edmonton, In-Kind Donation

September 30, 2016

Fort Mac Family Appreciates the Small Things as They Rebuild in Edmonton

Like many other families, Roberta, Randy and their four children’s lives would be changed drastically on May 3, 2016. It’s…

Community, Edmonton, Support

August 2, 2016

The Mustard Seed Community Gardens Grows Hope for Those in Need

“Thanks to the nourishing rains, the plants are growing at the three gardens that The Mustard Seed community manages. I…

Community, Practicum, Edmonton, Student, Summer, Garden

June 10, 2016

The Mustard Seed Baseball Team Builds Community

The Mustard Seed baseball team, also known as The Inner-City Sluggers, plays every year during the summer months in a…

Community, Edmonton

June 5, 2016

Live in Harmony With one Another. Romans 12:16

The Mustard Seed partnered with Vets To Go and hosted a no-cost pet wellness clinic. Pet owners who are living…


May 10, 2016

ATB Donation Resolves Transportation Barriers

It is frustrating and often discouraging to access programs and much needed services when you’re living paycheque to paycheque and…

Community, Donation, Edmonton, In-Kind Donation

April 8, 2016

Collaboration Fits Just Right for Boot Donation

At The Mustard Seed, we are consistently amazed by the impact our community has when people work together. Thanks to…

Community, Donation, In-Kind Donation

March 25, 2016

Mustard Seed Volunteers, Guests and Staff Journey Together on Good Friday

In Calgary, for the 11th year The Mustard Seed led a Walk of the Cross on Good Friday. It’s…

Community, Spiritual Care

March 18, 2016

You are Invited to Saturday Night Worship Service

Garret, the Community Chaplain at The Mustard Seed in Edmonton, has started a 7 pm Saturday service for anyone in…

Community, Spiritual Care

March 18, 2016

Volunteers Fill Lunch Bags and Send Love

If you walked into the gym at the Brentview Baptist Church during its Mustard Seed Sandwich event recently – you…

Community, Donation, Hope, Church

March 11, 2016

Students Help us Plant Seeds of Hope

Every year our Community Engagement teams in Calgary and Edmonton reach out to schools to connect with the students and…

Community, Students, Community Engagement

January 22, 2016

Serving the Community with Help from the Church

The Church has been a part of The Mustard Seed’s work from the very beginning. In fact, the initial idea…

Community, Support, Church

December 2, 2015

Second Glance Clothing Offers a Second Chance for Community

Linda Blumenthal believes she can help fight poverty and homelessness in Leduc by supporting The Mustard Seed in Edmonton.

Community, Edmonton, Give Back, Donate, Donor

July 22, 2015

Building Community at The Mustard Seed

We talk a lot about building community at The Mustard Seed, but what does that mean? For many residents in…

Community, Art, Housing, Residents

July 11, 2015

Residents at The Mustard Seed Unwind by Knitting

Once a week, a group of women and men who live in The Mustard Seed’s permanent supportive housing units meet…

Community, Calgary, Housing, Residents