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Sep 9, 2019

Catherine’s Story

38-year-old Catherine* came to the Domestic Violence Support Center (DVSC) for help separating from a long-term physically and verbally abusive relationship. Like many clients who seek services at the DVSC, Catherine described her boyfriend as very controlling through most of the relationship, with occasional escalations to physical violence. Recently when talk of separating was broached, […]


Sep 9, 2019

Making Breakfast at Madison

This past August, members of United Assembly No. 2 Order of the Golden Circle and United Consistory No. 1 United Supreme Council (Prince Hall Affiliation, Jurisdiction of the District of Columbia) prepared and cooked a delicious breakfast for the ladies at House of Ruth’s Madison shelter as part of their community service efforts for the […]


Aug 2, 2019

Jenny’s Story

31-year-old Jenny* sought counseling services at the Domestic Violence Support Center (DVSC) after a long stint of counseling elsewhere. Jenny felt concerned that her previous counselor was frustrated with her “lack of progress.” Jenny is a survivor of prolonged childhood abuse and neglect, and when she started services at the DVSC she was still living […]


Aug 2, 2019

2019 Giant National BBQ Battle

On June 22-23rd, the Giant National Capital Barbeque Battle hosted its 27th annual Barbeque Battle at our nation’s capital, and the producers have graciously donated tickets to the BBQ Battle to the women, children and staff at House of Ruth again this year! The women and children had an amazing time during the weekend event, […]


Aug 2, 2019

Megan’s Story

34-year-old Megan* came to the Domestic Violence Support Center (DVSC) six months ago because she recognized some unhealthy patterns in her relationships. Although Megan had never experienced physical violence in an intimate relationship, after she got divorced last year she realized in retrospect the relationship had been emotionally abusive. Her needs were often dismissed and […]


Aug 2, 2019

Eagle Scout Project

In June, a fantastic team of Eagle Scouts and some friendly neighbors worked together to complete the playground at House of Ruth’s Hope Rising program. The Scouts shoveled wood chips into the wheelbarrows, spread the mulch across the playground, and built the perimeter and benches.


Aug 2, 2019

Kidspace Groundbreaking with Councilmember Gray

This past June, D.C. Councilmember Vincent Gray of Ward 7 joined House of Ruth’s staff, board of directors and community of supporters to celebrate the groundbreaking of our Kidspace developmental child care center. House of Ruth’s Board Chair Diane Lewis kicked off the opening remarks and introduced Councilmember Gray, who shared his support for our […]


May 28, 2019

Belly Dancing Against DV with Shimmy Mob

On the second Saturday of every May, over 100+ flash mob belly dance teams around the world perform choreography on the same day to promote the art of Middle Eastern dance, and to raise money for their local charities. This year, the World Belly Dance Day will take place on Saturday May 11th. For the […]


May 28, 2019

Eric’s Story

Eric* is a 38-year-old man who came to the Domestic Violence Support Center (DVSC) seeking services after his wife became physically abusive towards him, resulting in his decision to leave her. Eric began counseling with the goal of processing the effects of the abuse, exploring his relationship patterns and previous experiences of abuse, and learning […]


May 28, 2019

Help in Raising Many Readers

Kidspace, House of Ruth’s therapeutic, developmental childcare center, is always in search of new, high-quality books with diverse children featured in them. Every day our books are put to hard use in the classroom (our infants and toddlers, like all infants and toddlers, often read them with the help of their mouths …) and many […]


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