House of Ruth


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 […]

May 17, 2017

House of Ruth Appoints New Executive Director

Washington, DC – Sandra Jackson, M.S.W, LICSW, LCSW-C, has been named Executive Director of House of Ruth, the city’s largest provider of housing and services for abused women, children, and families.  Jackson, who served as the Interim Executive Director since January 2016, moves into the role effective November 14, 2016. In her new, permanent role, […]

May 17, 2017

House of Ruth Hires Director of Development

Elizabeth Kiker has been named Director of Development of House of Ruth, the city’s largest provider of housing and services for abused women, children, and families.  Kiker moved into the role effective February 13, 2017. “As a House of Ruth supporter since 1999, I deeply value this organization’s work and mission,” says Kiker. “I am […]

May 17, 2017

Program Highlight: Kidspace

“Kids here have experienced all kinds of things – life challenges associated with homelessness, domestic violence, and it affects them, even if it was in utero,” says Crystal Graham, Co-Director at Kidspace. “Almost all have developmental delays because of that trauma, and we help them here.” Every day at Kidspace, donors like you allow House […]

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