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Sep 9, 2019

Jennifer’s Story

31-year-old Jennifer* came to the Domestic Violence Support Center (DVSC) for help in dealing with conflict with her husband and her concerns about how this impacted her small children. It didn’t take long for Jennifer to see that she was married to a highly verbally abusive partner, and had become depressed and increasingly isolated from […]


Sep 9, 2019

Fresh Food Feeds Many … New Partnership

Last month, House of Ruth entered into an exciting new partnership with Community Foodworks (CFW), which is a DC-based, mission-driven non-profit organization working to increase access to fresh and healthy food for underserved populations while creating opportunities for local farmers. CFW is delivering local produce to House of Ruth’s Kidspace Center at a reduced rate. […]


Sep 9, 2019

LiLi The First Helps Clients Feel Top Notch

Last month, the generous and inspiring staff of Georgetown boutique LiLi The First came to a group meeting of House of Ruth’s family programs and helped each woman feel pampered and spoiled. Bringing new clothing made from top-notch designers in Israel, Italy and elsewhere—as well as generously donated jewelry—the three staff from LiLi The First […]


Sep 9, 2019

Catherine’s Story

38-year-old Catherine* came to the Domestic Violence Support Center (DVSC) for help separating from a long-term physically and verbally abusive relationship. Like many clients who seek services at the DVSC, Catherine described her boyfriend as very controlling through most of the relationship, with occasional escalations to physical violence. Recently when talk of separating was broached, […]


Sep 9, 2019

Making Breakfast at Madison

This past August, members of United Assembly No. 2 Order of the Golden Circle and United Consistory No. 1 United Supreme Council (Prince Hall Affiliation, Jurisdiction of the District of Columbia) prepared and cooked a delicious breakfast for the ladies at House of Ruth’s Madison shelter as part of their community service efforts for the […]


Aug 2, 2019

Jenny’s Story

31-year-old Jenny* sought counseling services at the Domestic Violence Support Center (DVSC) after a long stint of counseling elsewhere. Jenny felt concerned that her previous counselor was frustrated with her “lack of progress.” Jenny is a survivor of prolonged childhood abuse and neglect, and when she started services at the DVSC she was still living […]


Aug 2, 2019

2019 Giant National BBQ Battle

On June 22-23rd, the Giant National Capital Barbeque Battle hosted its 27th annual Barbeque Battle at our nation’s capital, and the producers have graciously donated tickets to the BBQ Battle to the women, children and staff at House of Ruth again this year! The women and children had an amazing time during the weekend event, […]


Aug 2, 2019

Megan’s Story

34-year-old Megan* came to the Domestic Violence Support Center (DVSC) six months ago because she recognized some unhealthy patterns in her relationships. Although Megan had never experienced physical violence in an intimate relationship, after she got divorced last year she realized in retrospect the relationship had been emotionally abusive. Her needs were often dismissed and […]


Aug 2, 2019

Eagle Scout Project

In June, a fantastic team of Eagle Scouts and some friendly neighbors worked together to complete the playground at House of Ruth’s Hope Rising program. The Scouts shoveled wood chips into the wheelbarrows, spread the mulch across the playground, and built the perimeter and benches.


Aug 2, 2019

Kidspace Groundbreaking with Councilmember Gray

This past June, D.C. Councilmember Vincent Gray of Ward 7 joined House of Ruth’s staff, board of directors and community of supporters to celebrate the groundbreaking of our Kidspace developmental child care center. House of Ruth’s Board Chair Diane Lewis kicked off the opening remarks and introduced Councilmember Gray, who shared his support for our […]


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