Participant Testimonial

I Am So Grateful


I am so grateful; House of Ruth has really saved my life.  This program is here to help you.  Anything you need is available; if not, the staff will find a way to make sure you get it.  I love it here, we go places, do things, they make sure you keep growing.  I have my food handler’s license and a job.  Now I am saving for a place of my own.  After my time at House of Ruth, I will never be homeless again.

--A Woman at House of Ruth

Kidspace on TV!

Three Children

House of Ruth's Kidspace was featured on WJLA-TV news. See the story here.

Video Testimonial

Prepare to be Inspired


Laurie and Reneshia Gaskins talked about their experience at House of Ruth at A Night for the Children, a gala fundraiser held to benefit House of Ruth and The Children’s Inn at NIH.  The event was sponsored by AFCEA Bethesda, an association of information technology professionals who serve the federal IT community.  See Laurie and Reneshia’s inspiring remarks here.

About House of Ruth

Founded in 1976, House of Ruth helps women, children and families in greatest need and with the fewest resources build safe, stable lives and achieve their highest potential. At House of Ruth, we are ending homelessness and life-long abuse.


At our 14 programs in Washington, DC, we assess the capacities and needs of each woman and child, then design and deliver a specialized combination of services to meet their specific needs and build on their strengths.


We enfold the women and families in an environment that is safe, structured and predictable and where they receive highly responsive and caring attention from the staff.


The women are dealing with many challenging issues: poverty, homelessness, domestic violence and, often, a history of mental illness and/or addiction. The children typically have developmental delays and emotional and behavioral problems.


Despite all these challenges, the women and children have not given up. They are resilient, courageous and determined to improve their lives.



House of Ruth is proud to be an ally of No More, a campaign to raise public awareness and engagement around ending domestic violence and sexual assault.



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House of Ruth’s 4-star Charity Navigator rating indicates our sound financial management and commitment to accountability and transparency. Your contribution today will help women and children overcome homelessness and abuse.