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Apr 23, 2020

Esther’s Story

Esther* and her young daughter Vanessa* have faced tremendous traumas and obstacles to stability, but thanks to their perseverance and the generous support of our community members, they are thriving. Esther is a refugee who moved to the United States with her husband. His abusive behavior led her to flee to House of Ruth with […]


Apr 23, 2020

Willow’s Story

Willow* is a young mother living with her children in House of Ruth’s supportive housing. Her two-year old daughter Aria* and her infant son Lucas* are both enrolled in our Kidspace Child and Family Development Center. When Aria first arrived at Kidspace as a young toddler, she barely spoke. She did a lot of observing […]


Apr 23, 2020

Legacy Of A Dream Award Speech

This is the speech given by Sandra Jackson on January 20, 2020 as she accepted the John Thompson, Jr. Legacy of a Dream Award from Georgetown University and its president, Dr. John J. DeGioia. We hope you are as inspired by the speech, and Ms. Jackson, as we all are. To Dr. DeGioia and the […]


Nov 26, 2019

House of Ruth Leader Named 2020 Legacy of a Dream Awardee

Re-posted from the November 26, 2019 Georgetown University News. Original link here. Sandra Jackson, executive director of House of Ruth, will be honored as Georgetown’s 2020 John Thompson Jr. Legacy of a Dream Award recipient Jan. 20 at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The university presents the award annually to an inspirational emerging […]


Nov 13, 2019

Fiona’s Story

55-year-old Fiona* came to the Domestic Violence Support Center (DVSC) after 30 years of an abusive relationship with a man she had known all her life. Fiona initially expressed a great deal of reticence about coming to counseling, both because of cultural taboos around sharing her ‘business’ outside her family, and fear of addressing the […]


Nov 13, 2019

Purple Thursday with DCCADV and Mayor Bowser

On October 24th, House of Ruth joined the DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence (DCCADV) and other local organizations in wearing purple to honor victims and support survivors of domestic violence for Purple Thursday. The Mayor’s Office on Women’s Policy and Initiatives, the DC Office of Victim Services and Justice Grants, and Mayor Bowser addressed attendees […]


Nov 13, 2019

My Girlfriend’s House Shelter Room Makeover

On October 5th, 13 domestic violence survivors living at House of Ruth’s Families First II program were gifted with newly designed apartments—all inspired by their dream houses—thanks to over 270 volunteers from My Girlfriend’s House. My Girlfriend’s House is a community of women in the DC area focused on empowering at-risk women with the skills […]


Oct 18, 2019

Staying Safe Against Stalkerware As A Domestic Violence Survivor

Content warning: This guide discusses aspects of domestic violence and abuse. Domestic violence in the US is on the rise, according to a new study reported by HuffPost. One in four women experiences physical, sexual, or emotional violence from an intimate partner. In 2017, 2,237 women were killed by a partner, husband, or an ex. […]


Oct 4, 2019

Nancy’s Story

25-year-old Nancy* came to the Domestic Violence Support Center (DVSC) following a violent physical incident with her boyfriend. She discovered that she had lost her way. She had become withdrawn from her friends and family, lost self-efficacy and belief in herself, and was having difficulty concentrating and being productive at work. She was also experiencing […]


Oct 4, 2019

House of Ruth Earns 4-Star Rating by Charity Navigator

House of Ruth is proud to have earned a full 4-star rating by Charity Navigator, which is known as the nation’s largest and most-utilized evaluator of charities based on an organization’s Financial Health and Accountability & Transparency. Click here to read more about Charity Navigator’s rating methodology and click here to read about House of Ruth on Charity […]


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