House of Ruth


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 […]

Apr 16, 2019

Kidspace Featured on NBC4

House of Ruth’s executive director Sandra Jackson spoke to NBC4 reporters about the work we do at our Kidspace Child and Family Development Center, and how House of Ruth is preparing to expand and break ground on a new daycare facility, which will double the number of infant and toddler spots offered at Kidspace. For […]

Apr 16, 2019

New Dresses for All

A beautiful, sophisticated and caring boutique owner, Ifat Pridan, brought her extra winter clothes to House of Ruth in mid-March to donate to our clients. Her boutique, Lili the First, in Georgetown, has the finest designers and garments from all over the world. She shared dresses, blazers, shirts, pants and jewelry with nine clients from […]

Apr 16, 2019

Music’s Power to Move

Capital Harmonia, an all-woman’s chorus in D.C., has been coming to one of House of Ruth’s housing programs for five years. This very special choir performs mostly music written or arranged by contemporary female artists, which sets it apart from many other choirs. The music ranges from pop to gospel to modern, and stops at […]

Mar 8, 2019

The Feminine Experience: Welcoming to All

On March 4, The Feminine Experience was staged by 21 talented women who used improv techniques and skills to share their stories—and all ticket sales and money raised was donated to House of Ruth, to help the women and children we serve tell their own stories. The audience wrote questions down as they arrived at […]

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