House of Ruth

Stories of Hope

Aug 16, 2023

The Difference YOU Make: Lucia’s Story

When Lucia first moved into to House of Ruth’s housing, she was depressed and her mental health was unstable. Lucia says she felt broken and in a very dark mindset, but the staff at House of Ruth helped her find her strengths and not focus so much on her weaknesses.  She says, “They gave me […]

Aug 7, 2023

Annual back-to-school supplies drive!

As summer holiday comes to a close, students of all ages are preparing for a new school year. Our program participants and their families are no exception; help us ensure they have all the necessary tools for learning by donating school supplies today! Why Donate Back-to-School Supplies? Education is an invaluable asset to our participants […]

Jul 19, 2023

The Difference YOU Make: Bahar’s Story

Bahar* and her son moved into House of Ruth’s supportive housing for survivors of domestic violence just under a year ago. They left a scary situation and came into the program with nothing but each other. When Bahar first arrived at House of Ruth, she was afraid to leave her apartment. She spoke in a […]

Jun 5, 2023

Our founder Veronica Maz

Veronica Maz was a remarkable woman who dedicated her life to helping marginalized and vulnerable populations in Washington, D.C. She was a sociology professor at Georgetown University, but her transformative journey began in 1970 when she took some of her students to visit D.C.’s “Skid Row.” Witnessing the dire conditions firsthand, Maz was deeply moved […]

Mar 15, 2023

2023 Gift Card Drive

Many women experiencing homelessness or healing from domestic violence struggle to meet their basic needs, such as food, shelter, and healthcare. At House of Ruth, we are committed to supporting and helping women and their children. That’s why we’re launching a gift card drive to provide them with essential resources and support. Why a Gift Card […]

Mar 8, 2023

Transportation options in Washington D.C. for Survivors

Are you in need of safe, discreet, reliable transportation in the Washington D.C. area regarding intimate partner violence (IPV)? Please save this and keep it with you in case you ever need it! This is a list of low-cost or free resources in the DMV area for individuals experiencing intimate partner violence who need help […]

Dec 1, 2022

9 Myths about domestic violence

Myths about domestic violence A list of common myths and misconceptions about domestic violence. Challenging these myths is one of the many steps we need to take in order to prevent violence and empower people to recognize and thereby leave abusive relationships.   Myth #1 Domestic violence is an impulse control problem and happens because […]

Nov 30, 2022

Alma’s Story of Hope

In 2021, Alma* was accepted into House of Ruth’s FamilySpace housing program. FamilySpace serves mothers who have struggled with substance abuse. Alma lives in her own apartment in the community and receives both income-based rental assistance and case management support from House of Ruth. Alma has gone through difficult times, but thanks to your support, […]

Nov 8, 2022

Gifts for Families 2022

Gifts for Families is an annual program that we host for the families and women currently in one of our 15 programs here at House of Ruth. With more than 450 people, we strive to give each person two gifts for the holiday season so they may celebrate with their loved ones. We are always […]

Oct 5, 2022

Nina’s* Story of Hope

Two years ago, Nina* and her children left a safe house in another state and moved into House of Ruth’s supportive housing for mothers who have survived domestic violence and their children. Nina took a leap of faith in choosing to come to D.C. Thanks to her bravery and your generosity, she found the support […]