Dan Short shares dinner with a few of his close friends.
Mustard Seed Development Corp. was founded to build community and develop leadership in one of Oklahoma City's low income zip codes since 2001.
The 73114 Zip Code, population 17,850 is full of challenges and contrasts. Very high unemployment, low home ownership, high crime and gang activity, high father absence, one in six children raised by grandparents, two thirds of children are poor, fifty percent high school drop out rate, high adult reading deficits all combine to make life a challenge for all residents.
Mustard Seed is a faith-based community development organization. Our mission is to share God's joy, hope and healing and desire for justice with the people in the 73114 Zip Code.
We believe life can be better, we believe in transformation. We believe in the concept of neighbors working together to conquer their common problems by owning the solutions together.
We are community builders. Community building depends upon developing relationships with and among those living in the neighborhood and those willing to assist them…working together to empower residents.
This economically-challenged area and its people need help and hope.
We go only where we are invited by community leadership, who are committed to spiritual, social and economic transformation. We have been asked to spearhead a long term community redevelopment and renewal effort in cooperation with residents, church groups, organizations, businesses, politicians, police, teachers and others (many of whom live or work in the area) who are interested in seeing this area become a place of successful living.
So far, more than 5,000 volunteers from over 60 churches, corporations and civic groups have shared over 532,000 hours of their lives in service to neighbors they never met before; touching 25% of the residents of 73114. That's 4,500 lives touched; some improved a little, some dramatically changed and all touched by love because of love!
We invite you come be a part of our journey with God and make this your journey too!
Remember the Lord is never outdone in generosity!
- THE DIGNITY OF EVERY PERSON
- CITIZENSHIP PARTICIPATION
- THE DIGNITY OF WORK
- OPTION FOR THE POOR AND VULNERABLE
- RACIAL RECONCILIATION
- COMMUNITY BUILDING PARTNERSHIPS
- HEALTHY LIVING