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Apr 13, 2018

Deborah’s Story

32-year old Deborah* came to House of Ruth’s Domestic Violence Support Center (DVSC) after spending eight years in an abusive relationship. Deborah was working, and had been employed steadily for the past two years while living in a rented room in a house owned by a family friend. Deborah had tried several times to leave […]


Apr 4, 2018

Blossoming With Room To Rebloom

written by Sandra L. Jackson, MSW, LICSW, LCSW-C, Executive Director We are all about transitioning and blossoming here at House of Ruth, and that’s why I love spring so much. We serve so many women who felt ignored, unseen, or invisible — and thanks to your help — we illuminate their beauty, opportunities and strength. […]


Mar 7, 2018

Jasmine’s Story

Jasmine* is a 47 year-old mother of four with an extensive history of emotional, physical and sexual abuse, dating back to early childhood, as well as having experienced violence in the community where she lived and struggling with severe mental illness. When Jasmine first came to House of Ruth’s Domestic Violence Support Center (DVSC), she […]


Feb 23, 2018

Building A Space For Children

For more than 21 years, House of Ruth’s Kidspace program, an accredited therapeutic child development center, has served homeless children on what was once a charming, community-based corner lot in Ward 7. Over the years, the dedicated staff has creatively adapted the two residential buildings and surrounding grounds to serve as an education and therapy […]


Feb 21, 2018

2017 DC Women’s Needs Assessment Report

In the spring of 2017, the steering committee of the Women’s Task Force of the District of Columbia Interagency Council on Homelessness (ICH) together with The Community Partnership for the Prevention of Homelessness (TCP) conducted an analysis on gender and household type using data from the 2017 PIT Count. This initial examination revealed several distinct […]


Feb 8, 2018

Harriet’s Story

45 year old Harriet* was referred to the Domestic Violence Support Center (DVSC) by a previous counselor in private practice who “could not break through Harriet’s defensive” behaviors. When Harriet began seeing her counselor at the DVSC, she initially identified reconciling with her husband of eight months as her goal. In the beginning stages of […]


Feb 8, 2018

Ace Hardware: A Community of Helping Hands

During last year’s holiday season, the families at House of Ruth were blessed with holiday presents by our generous donors through the Adopt-A-Family program. We’ve witnessed so many wonderful connections and heartwarming stories through the holiday program, and we want to highlight the generosity of Ace Hardware Stores. House of Ruth board member and owner […]


Feb 8, 2018

Have Fun & Raise Money for House of Ruth

At the inaugural meeting of the Chevy Chase Giving Group in January 2018, House of Ruth was chosen as the recipient of the attendees’ gifts. Long-time donors hosted the event at their house, turning their anniversary celebration into a way to help women and children around the city. More than 50 showed up on an […]


Feb 8, 2018

Connecting Communities through Adopt A Family Program

During the holiday season, House of Ruth connected donors with families at House of Ruth through the Adopt-A-Family program to provide holiday gifts for each member of the family. To protect our residents’ privacy, donors were not provided specific details about the family. Instead they received a profile that listed the age, gender and sizes […]


Feb 8, 2018

Allison’s Story

Allison* initially came to House of Ruth’s Domestic Violence Support Center (DVSC) because she was concerned about the impact living with her long-term abusive partner and father of her children was having on her and her two daughters. Allison acknowledged that there were times that she and her daughters felt fearful of Allison’s partner, when […]


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