Ebony Buckner was on her way to work when a local reporter stopped to ask about her commute – she takes between eight buses and trains just to get her son to school and herself to work. Good Samaritan Anita Holland happened to be watching when Ebony’s interview aired on the nightly news and decided to help.
“For me it just started with wanting to get this lady a bus pass, and then I found out a little bit more,” said Anita.
After escaping an abusive relationship, Ebony and her 6-year-old son, Shamar, were living out of a suitcase. It was through Anita that Ebony was introduced to the Butterfly Foundation, a local nonprofit dedicated to helping people rebuild their lives through acts of compassion, generosity and financial support. CORT Furniture has an ongoing relationship with the Butterfly Foundation and helps deliver new furniture to people like Ebony once they are settled into an apartment.
“It’s not really a home until there’s furniture,” said Chad Brumage, Store Manager at the CORT Clearance Center in Denver. “Ebony came to our showroom and we helped her pick out the furniture she needed to feel safe, comfortable, and most importantly, at home.”
In her new and fully-furnished apartment, Ebony is closer to work and Shamar’s school, which means she can spend less time commuting and more time focusing on her family’s future.
“I just want to further my education and be the best mom I can,” said Ebony. “Time to fly.”
In addition to partnering with the Butterfly Foundation on a case-by-case basis, CORT also donates essential items such as pillows and blankets to the foundation to help others like Ebony feel comfortable as they work to overcome hardship.
See the full story about Ebony Brucker’s journey with the Butterfly Foundation and CORT here.