House of Ruth


Aug 9, 2022

Olivia’s* Story

Olivia*, 45, initially came to the DVSC in a personal crisis as she attempted to separate from a highly verbally abusive long-term intimate partner. After discussing issues related to safety, anxiety, and various community resources with her counselor, Lorena was able to safely separate from her partner and enter a new phase of her life […]

Aug 9, 2022

House of Ruth Job Fair on August 13th

  House of Ruth is an excellent employer, with market rate salaries and an attractive benefits package—thanks in part to your generous donations! But, like the rest of the world, we are facing unprecedented employee shortages. So, to help grow our excellent team, we are having a job fair on August 13, at our Kidspace […]

Aug 9, 2022

Read our 2022 Annual Report!

Thank you for your generous support for the women, children and families at House of Ruth. Between the COVID pandemic and the epidemic of racial injustice in Washington, D.C., House of Ruth clients faced and overcame so much this difficult year. But with your help, we opened Kidspace in February 2021, our brand new therapeutic […]

Aug 9, 2022

Kelly’s Story

Kelly* (45 years old) came to the Domestic Violence Support Center (DVSC) after more than two decades of being in an abusive relationship with the father of her children. Initially, Kelly’s goals were to better understand her experience and begin to consider a way forward that would benefit her children. Kelly and her DVSC counselor […]

Aug 9, 2022

Donations from a Generous Community

In June, House of Ruth received many generous in-kind donations from various organizations throughout D.C. Breakthru Beverage DC organized a community outreach project for their management team and put together welcome bags full of personal hygiene supplies for clients. The National Capital Baptist Convention of Washington DC and Vicinity held a laundry detergent drive and […]

Aug 9, 2022

2022 Giant National BBQ Battle

On June 25-26th, the Giant National Capital Barbeque Battle hosted its 30th annual Barbeque Battle at our nation’s capital, and the producers graciously donated 50 tickets to the women, children and staff at House of Ruth this year! The women and children had an amazing time during the weekend event, enjoying the day’s festivities with […]

Jun 8, 2022

Donations Needed: Hair Care Products for African-American Women

Our generous donors—donors just like you—often ask if we have any specific needs you can donate. Money is always a perfect fit, of course, but we do serve 90% African-American women, and many who wear their hair naturally have specific hair care needs. Specifically, we are looking for Shea Moisture Products for Hair [shampoo (women/kids), […]

Jun 8, 2022

Betty’s Story

Betty* is a 50-year-old woman who came to the Domestic Violence Support Center (DVSC) after being referred by the courts due to the physical abuse she experienced at the hands of an intimate partner. Betty’s DVSC counselor provided emotional support and a non-judgmental space for Betty to begin to explore her experiences of abuse in […]

Jun 8, 2022

A Day in May Van Fundraiser Results

Thanks to the generosity of our community of supporters, House of Ruth successfully raised $16,560 from our “A Day in May” fundraising campaign for a new van!   Thank you so much to everyone who gave! We truly appreciate the support to continue our life-changing work for the families that we serve.

May 17, 2022

Lorena’s Story

31-year-old Lorena* initially came to the Domestic Violence Support Center (DVSC) to work through a family crisis. After working consistently with her counselor and addressing her initial crisis and related distress, Lorena was able to use her counseling to look at much longer-standing issues that had afflicted her over her life, such as using overeating […]