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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 […]


May 17, 2022

Family Fun at House of Ruth

In April, the children at House of Ruth had a fun-filled day with a spring egg hunt on the grounds of the Families First I program. The kids and staff had a great time looking for (and hiding) the eggs. Check out some of the photos from the egg hunt below!


May 17, 2022

Honoring Women Who Make History through Music

Capital Harmonia — an amazing and beautiful choir, started in 2013 by two incredible women, Ellen Goldman and Mary Ann East — has performed at House of Ruth every year since it was founded. On May 1, 2022, Chief Development Officer Elizabeth Kiker was privileged to go to their annual concert (for the first time […]


May 17, 2022

Shimmy Mob DC Returns to Freedom Plaza

Written by Sha’vei, Team Leader of Shimmy Mob – Washington, DC (local flash mob belly dance troupe) Let the shimmies resume — DC’s own belly dancing flash mob returned to Freedom Plaza on May 14. Since 2014, Shimmy Mob DC, the city’s representative in the global effort to end domestic violence, has been one of […]


May 17, 2022

Opening to Volunteers Again!

House of Ruth is starting to open up to vaccinated volunteers; and perhaps that is you? Right now, we are in need of individuals or groups that can help with: Arts & Crafts (for example: teaching a class on knitting, crocheting, or hosting a Paint & Sip (with juice/soda to sip!)) Computer skills–teaching the clients […]


Apr 27, 2022

Wren’s Story

Wren* and her son is a survivor of domestic violence and homelessness. She has found safety and steady support in House of Ruth’s transitional housing. Wren is coping with anxiety and trauma. Her son’s father was recently murdered, and she does not have a lot of support from her family. Thanks to you, she and […]


Apr 27, 2022

Simone’s Story

Simone*, 42 years old and a mother of three children, was referred to the DVSC for therapy as required by a judge in her child custody case. A survivor of extreme physical and sexual abuse as a child and young adult, Simone never before in her life had any consistent mental health treatment. During the […]