House of Ruth


Jul 10, 2017

Hope Garden is Complete!

Thanks to the help of our amazing volunteers, the seeds have been planted in Hope Garden! Together with the volunteers and women and children, we planted a healthy variety of seeds such as cucumber, corn, tomato and carrot, as well as watermelon, cantaloupe and cilantro. The garden is a wonderful addition to the program, and […]

Jul 10, 2017

Program Highlight: Hope Rising

“We plants seeds, water fertile ground, and watch our clients grow and blossom,” says Hope Rising Assistant Program Coordinator Chrishania Robinson. Hope Rising is one of House of Ruth’s permanent, supportive housing programs created for women and children recovering from the effects of domestic violence, homelessness and mental health challenges. Twelve families can live at […]

Jun 14, 2017

Rosemary’s Mother’s Day Surprise

When the hosts of News Channel 8 – Good Morning Washington reached out to House of Ruth to see if we knew a deserving Mom for a surprise Mother’s Day Makeover, we knew just who to recommend. Rosemary G. is a mother of two sons, a grandmother of one grandson and the “adopted” mother to […]

Jun 14, 2017

Jackie’s Story

Jackie came to the Domestic Violence Support Center (DVSC) when she was 23 years old. She had relocated from a rural community in the South with her 9 year-old son partly to escape his abusive father, and partly to be able to access resources that she knew were more readily available in an urban environment. […]

Jun 14, 2017

Program Highlight: Domestic Violence Support Center

House of Ruth is a major force in the community’s response to relationship and domestic violence. We provide housing, services and counseling to clients and families leaving and recovering from violent relationships. In 1998, the Domestic Violence Support Center was opened to assist individuals and children who need help resolving abuse issues. At the Domestic […]

Jun 2, 2017

Meet Sandra Jackson

A Yearning to Help: House of Ruth Executive Director Sandra Jackson After serving two years as Director of Operations at House of Ruth, and six months as Interim Executive Director, Sandra Jackson was hired as Executive Director on November 14, 2016. Here’s some of the who she is and why she relishes this valuable and […]

Jun 2, 2017

Carla’s Story

Carla thought the verbal abuse ended when she divorced her husband. But when he hit their oldest daughter during one of their court-sanctioned visits, things got more complicated. “I wouldn’t let him draw me into arguments anymore, and hurting our daughter was how he got me to react again.” When Carla realized she would have […]

Jun 2, 2017

Meet Laurette Hilliard

Program Coordinator at Three Sisters/New Pathways My passion at House of Ruth began on January 24, 1994. In my last semester of graduate school at Trinity College in DC, and I was planning on going to law school. My cousin and my mother had a really big fuss, and I mediated. My mother said, “You […]

Jun 2, 2017

Janice’s Story

I was at House of Ruth for about 18 months, staying in an apartment in the Freedom Place facility. My son was 14 when we came into the program. We found House of Ruth through the website – I was searching and praying for something to turn around for us. We had been through a […]

May 17, 2017

Program Highlight: Three Sisters

Good things are happening at Three Sisters, House of Ruth’s long-term home for women. The 14 women living at Three Sisters have been chronically homeless, and many are dually diagnosed, or struggling with both mental illness and substance abuse problems – sometimes linked to their traumatic upbringing. For some women, a fully independent, self-sufficient life […]

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