Ebony Johnson is a fixture at the Ohio Dunkin' Donuts, where she works. Typically, she is assigned to the drive-thru, where her customers adore her. She is friendly and makes sure everyone gets the correct order.
That's why people noticed when Johnson began missing shifts. They feared that something terrible had happened to the woman they all adored.
One woman, Suzanne Burke, reached out and learned the truth about what Johnson was going through. She had recently been evicted from her Mount Healthy home.
The popular Dunkin employee and her kids were homeless.
After learning of her friend's plight, Suzanne knew that she needed to do something. She wanted to make sure that Ebony and her children had stable housing. The small family needed a helping hand, and their friend knew she could pull together the resources to ensure they got what they needed.
A plan came together for Suzanne as she asked around about what could be done to help the Johnson family.
She contacted a few organizations around the area to see if they would be willing to give a hand in putting together this surprise for Ebony and her kids. Many of them were more than happy to do what they could for the family.
Bringing It Together
One of the organizations that Suzanne called was New Life Furniture Bank, an organization that takes gently used furniture and gives it to those in need. When they were contacted about helping Johnson, they had plenty on hand to help and ensured that the family would have everything they needed.
Suzanne also reached out to Jo Potvin of Design to Market, who eagerly agreed to help design a home for the Johnsons. Jo worked with New Life Furniture to decorate and furnish the new place for the family.
Jo says that this was the perfect time of year to make this surprise happen. Since it's the holiday season, she feels that it was a great way to spread joy and give back to someone who needed a miracle this time of year.
New Life Furniture executive director Dana Saxton echoed what Jo said. In a statement, she said that this was a great way and great time of year to help the Johnson family feel loved and safe in their new home. She also gave a shout-out to Jo for developing the design and working with them.
In a Facebook post, the organization continued to say: "Ebony, a hardworking mom and beloved Dunkin' employee... found herself homeless. A group of caring people in our community worked together to make sure Ebony and her kids are living in a warm and comfortable home -just in time for Christmas."
According to the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness, there are more than 10,000 people without homes in Ohio every day. Of those people who were surveyed, 906 are families. The Dayton Daily reports that this is a 1% increase in homeless people for the Buckeye state.
Ebony was just as enthusiastic about her new home.
Welcome home, Johnsons
Ebony and her kids were shown their new home on Friday, December 3. She was floored by the generosity that Suzanne and everyone showed her.
The matriarch admits that she prayed for a miracle. She told reporters that she asked God for a miracle, that she asked to be in a home before the holidays. After seeing what was done for her, she thanked everyone and said she believed the Lord was looking out for her.
It appears that she is back at work now and greeting customers with her usual smile. Her bond with Suzanne has grown since her friend spearheaded the initiative to ensure that the Johnson family has a home for the holidays.