House of Ruth


Dec 9, 2021

Susie’s Story

37-year-old Susie* first came to the Domestic Violence Support Center (DVSC) with the goal of gaining a greater understanding of the effects of domestic violence in her life. Susie had fled her home with her 4-year-old daughter after enduring physical, emotional, and financial abuse at the hands of her husband. Susie has worked closely with […]

Nov 17, 2021

Brianna’s Story

Brianna* lives in House of Ruth’s Madison Program, a program that provides transitional housing for women overcoming homelessness. Brianna is steadfastly pursuing her goals to reunify with her children and transition to permanent housing. House of Ruth is here to fully support her through this process with case management, counseling, and life skills support. Brianna […]

Nov 10, 2021

Second Call for Gifts for Families Program

As we head into the holiday season, House of Ruth’s Gifts for Families program is well underway! If you’re interested in participating, it’s not too late. The women and children at House of Ruth have been through unspeakable traumas — as we help them heal, we also try to ensure each woman and child has […]

Nov 10, 2021

Terri’s Story

Terri* came to the Domestic Violence Support Center (DVSC) after more than 20 years in an abusive relationship with the father of her three children. As a 47-year-old mother of three, Terri sought to better understand her experience and figure out a healthy way to move forward with her children. Counseling at the DVSC has […]

Oct 22, 2021

Maize’s Story

Maize* came to House of Ruth’s transitional housing early last summer.  She had just left a halfway house after serving eight years in a federal penitentiary.  Maize feels her time in prison helped save her – from drugs, from prostitution, from trafficking…from a life that is so different from her present and her future.  Maize […]

Oct 13, 2021

Sell Your Car…Benefit House of Ruth!

Dana Christmon, an Atlanta resident with deep ties to both the D.C. area and House of Ruth, recently decided to sell her first-ever car — a very well-taken care of 2003 Honda Accord. “This was my first car when I was 16; and I knew when I decided to sell it that I wanted to: […]

Oct 13, 2021

Tatiana and James’ Story

Tatiana* and James* live in House of Ruth’s supportive housing for mothers and children fleeing domestic violence, and James is enrolled in Kidspace, House of Ruth’s developmental childcare center. Together, Tatiana and James left a dangerous situation. They have had to deal with anxiety surrounding new circumstances while recovering from the trauma of abuse, but […]

Oct 12, 2021

Nina’s Story

68-year-old Nina* was referred to the Domestic Violence Support Center (DVSC) from a partner agency following several losses in her life. Nina came to therapy seeking support around setting better boundaries, conflict resolution, and achieving balance in her life. Through her work at the DVSC, Nina has been able to gain insight into how previous […]

Oct 12, 2021

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month! In Washington D.C., local organizations are raising awareness about domestic violence to end violence against women and children, and to highlight healthy relationships. On October 1, House of Ruth participated in #PlantTheTownPurple with purple flowers in honor of survivors of domestic violence. Spread awareness to your friends and family […]

Oct 12, 2021

Gearing Up for Gifts for Families Program

As the holiday season fast approaches, we are preparing for the start of our annual Gifts for Families holiday program! The gifts on our Target registry are allocated by age, and range around $100 per person (1-2 gifts per family member). In previous years, we’ve had everything from individual donors purchasing holiday gifts for a […]