The Mustard Seed Project staff, from left, Robyn Readwin, Edie Morgan, Chris Morris and Amanda Walston pose for a recent group photo at their new Key Center Corral location. Last year, a fire forced the popular organization to find a new home. Courtesy photo

The Mustard Seed Project of Key Peninsula recently relocated to a new, permanent location at the Key Center Corral on the Key Peninsula Highway.

The office is located in the plaza corner between the barber shop and Goin’ Postal.

“It just feels more open and connected to the community we serve,” Executive Director Morgan said.

She said 2013 has been like a fresh start for the Mustard Seed, with renewed energy, new staff and a new location that houses a Key Senior Information Center desk, transportation services and more.

Recently, the organization hired Robyn Readwin, project assistant, and Chris Morris, volunteer coordinator.

Readwin works half-time scheduling rides and drivers for the Key Peninsula senior rides program. Morris works 15 hours a week and brings 26 years of experience advocating for people with disabilities and seniors, allowing them to stay in their homes.

Amanda Walston has transitioned to program administration, working on data collection and reports for grant writing.

“We’re already better able to serve the community because of them,” Morgan said.

According to Morgan, the work of The Mustard Seed Project is to build an elder-friendly Key Peninsula by assuring that a full continuum of services and programs is available and affordable, and allows community members to “age in place” with dignity, respect, self-determination and safety.

A rollout of a community volunteer network is underway and the Mustard Seed Project is looking for people interested in providing in-home friendly visits, light housekeeping, chores and light garden/yard work, as well as for those who need such services.

Friday socials are being planned to invite the community to learn more about the programs and an open house will be held later this spring.

For information, call (253) 884-9814.

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