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May 27, 2020

Tierra’s Story

Tierra* and her two children recently entered one of House of Ruth’s scattered site programs for survivors of domestic violence. In our scattered site programs, clients live in their own apartment in the community and pay a portion of their rent based on their income. That portion grows as clients stabilize their lives and increase […]


May 18, 2020

Supporting House of Ruth with Meals

Starting last month, several wonderful organizations including the Food Rescue US and the World Central Kitchen by Chef José Andrés have partnered with House of Ruth to provide healthy, delicious meals for House of Ruth’s front line staff. Many individuals in our community have also stepped up during this time, dropping off hot meals for the women at House […]


May 18, 2020

World Market’s Easter Donations

In April 2020, World Market partnered with House of Ruth to provide a huge donation of Easter goods—including toys, candy and decorations—for the women and families at our programs. These generous gifts were a wonderful surprise and came as a delight to the families at House of Ruth’s Families First I program (pictured). Thank you so […]


May 18, 2020

Shimmy Mob DC’s 2020 Performance

Our flash mob friends, Shimmy Mob DC, posted their annual performance online on Saturday, May 9, 2020 on World Bellydance Day to raise money for House of Ruth. For the last several years, the Shimmy Mob team performed at several iconic DC spots for the annual event and would wrap their final performance at Freedom […]


Apr 23, 2020

Supporting Our Front-Line Workers

On Tuesday April 21, 2020, House of Ruth’s executive director Sandra Jackson joined Congresswomen Pramila Jayapal, V, formerly known as Eve Ensler, the author of the Vagina Monologues, and several other organizations on a Facebook Live event to talk about the women workers leading us through the COVID-19 crisis, and how we need to support […]


Apr 23, 2020

Michelle’s Story

Michelle* and her three children lives in one of House of Ruth’s supportive housing programs for mothers and children who have survived domestic violence. Like more than thirty other House of Ruth residents, Michelle recently lost her job as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Michelle is a dedicated, hard worker. She is certified […]


Apr 23, 2020

Dana’s Story

47-year-old Dana* first came to the Domestic Violence Support Center (DVSC) for help with depression and anxiety. After struggling with addiction for more than a decade, Dana has acknowledged that her early life trauma was a major factor in her mood management issues, and consequently her struggles with substance use. Dana and her DVSC counselor […]


Apr 23, 2020

Ronni’s Story

We are open for business and serving our hundreds of clients in this time of uncertainty, illness and difficulty. We hope our clients, staff and donors stay safe and healthy. Ronni* and her two daughters came to House of Ruth’s supportive housing seeking safety from an abusive relationship. During her time at House of Ruth, […]


Apr 23, 2020

Katie’s Story

24-year-old Katie* began attending sessions with a counselor at the Domestic Violence Support Center (DVSC) following a recent breakup. After Katie ended her abusive relationship, she still struggled with very low self-esteem and feelings of inferiority as a result of the abuse. Katie was able to work with her counselor to process her negative feelings, […]


Apr 23, 2020

Building D.C.’s Beloved Community

On February 19th, House of Ruth’s Executive Director Sandra Jackson joined Bread for the City’s CEO George Jones and CARECEN’s Executive Director Abel Nunez for a discussion at Georgetown University in honor of Black History Month. The topic was Living the Dream: Advocacy and Building DC’s Beloved Community. Ms. Jackson spoke up as an advocate […]


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