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The Butterfly Foundation

The Butterfly Foundation a 501(c)(3) community development organization founded in 2007 is in the business of human development by providing assistance in the areas of housing and job readiness and training. Our mission is… to empower, transform and transition the lives of economically challenged individuals and families into self-sufficient and self-confident citizens. Our overarching strategy is to “meet individuals where they are and provide the essential resource they need to reach the nest step toward self-sufficiency." Currently, The Butterfly Foundation conducts a multi-county housing program funded by the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The Butterfly Housing Assistance Program (BHAP) provides housing to individuals and families with disabilities and chronically homeless. BHAP has expanded services to include providing Emergency Housing Repairs to low-income homeowners.
In October 2010 The Culinary Job Training Program was formed to prepare the unemployed, underemployed, previously incarcerated and homeless adults for a career in the food service industry. The Mary Black Foundation and the City of Spartanburg provided the funding and space to conduct the first 12 week class. As of May 2013 five classes have been conducted with sixty-one participants and maintaining an 85% full-time job placement rate. The Culinary Job Program requires a significant amount of community support and resources.  For a complete list of supporters click on Programs. September 2011, The Butterfly Foundation was one of 16 grantees awarded funding from The Department of Health and Human Services under the Healthy Food Financing Initiative to build a project on the Northside of Spartanburg SC. The project includes our partners, HUB City Farmers Market, The Mary Black Foundation, city of Spartanburg. The new facility will include a Café, Retail Space, Grocery store, incubator kitchen and Urban Gardens and Office space.. For more information click on Monarch. 


To empower, transform and transition economically challenged individuals and families into                self-sufficient and self-confident citizens. 

Company Overview

We currently run 5 programs:
  1. The Culinary Job Training Program - Students attend a 15-week training program to prepare unemployed, underemployed, previously incarcerated persons and homeless adults for careers in the food service industry.
  2. ​Butterfly Housing Assistance Program (BHAP) - We provide permanent housing combined with supportive services to chronically homeless individuals and families with disabilities. BHAP is available in Spartanburg, Greenville, and Anderson counties in South Carolina​
  3. Connecting Adults to Choices Opportunities and a positive Outlook Now (CACOON) - We provide "life coaches" to economically challenged adults to empower and encourage participants through knowledge and access to the various social services offered in Spartanburg County, South Carolina.
  4. Emergency Home Repair Program - Allows for up to $7,500 in emergency home repairs. Qualified candidates must be deeded the homeowner. Repairs must be emergency in nature therefore, no cosmetic repairs will be considered. Repairs are free and no cost to you as the homeowner.
  5. Benefit Bank Host Site - We will connect low to moderate income families to the work supports for which they are eligible. Here are some of the supported programs:
  • ​Food Stamps (SNAP)
  • Medicaid
  • Family Independence Program (FI)
  • Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
  • Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Voters Registration
  • Taxes (Federal and State
(864) 582-4146

498 Howard Street

Spartanburg, SC 29303