The Mustard Seed

“The Laugh for Life Gala has significantly helped to raise awareness of how we can all make a difference in reducing poverty in our community. With the donations, The Mustard Seed is able to restore dignity to many individuals and help them on their way to a better life.”     The Mustard Seed


The Mustard Seed is a the Laugh for Life® Gala charity that has received donations for many years. The Mustard Seed tackles poverty in greater Edmonton through the building of a healthy community. The Mustard Seed is called to bring people into relationship with God and each other and accomplish this by partnering with the wider community to serve needs and develop gifts of people affected by their circumstances. Through partnerships we are changing the face of poverty together!

Over 35 Years of Growing Hope

The Mustard Seed has been serving people experiencing poverty and homelessness in Alberta since the ‘80s. It has become a haven for those needing help, which is offered through open hands with unconditional love.

The growth of The Mustard Seed has been much like the Bible, where Jesus tells the parable of the mustard seed.

“The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in his field: it is the smallest of all seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.” – Matthew 13:31-32

The initial idea for a street ministry for the homeless grew out of the Burning Bush Coffeehouse in Calgary, Alberta, which was run by the First Baptist Church in the ‘70s and early ‘80s. It became a reality in 1984, when founder Pat Nixon planted The Mustard Seed in an old house downtown, which later grew into a larger building on 11 Avenue SE.

The Mustard Seed has been an agent of change for more than three decades, thanks to our donors, volunteers, and support from the community.

Today, The Mustard Seed has expanded across western Canada with multiple locations in Alberta and British Columbia. We offer an expansive range of programs and services to our most vulnerable community by providing basic needs (food, clothing, and hygiene items), education, employment programs, health and wellness services, spiritual care, housing, and emergency shelter.

At The Mustard Seed, we care about the whole person – physical, mental and spiritual. We recognize that the root cause of poverty and homelessness are complex and diverse, and so we continue to grow with the needs of those we serve.

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