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Jun 29, 2018

Stories of Hope: Kalise

Kalise’s Story of Hope is the third video in our Stories of Hope series. Kalise tells the story of her journey leaving an abusive relationship to becoming a House of Ruth resident, and now to serving on House of Ruth’s Board of Directors, living in her own apartment with a degree in social work, a […]

Jun 18, 2018

Stories of Hope: Ms. Sandra Jackson, Executive Director

In this week’s video of our Stories of Hope series, Sandra Jackson, Executive Director of House of Ruth and licensed clinical social worker, shares that the work she does at House of Ruth is the work that she has wanted to do all her life, allowing her to help those with the greatest need. She […]

May 10, 2018

Help Us Build Kidspace with Do More 24!

Next week, House of Ruth is participating in the Do More 24 campaign to raise $50,000 to build the new Kidspace Child and Family Development Center! Your gift will help us rebuild Kidspace, our therapeutic child and family development center for children ages 6 weeks to 5 years old — and continue our life-changing work […]

May 10, 2018

Jeanne’s Story

Jeanne*, age 27, came to the Domestic Violence Support Center (DVSC) shortly after a violent encounter with her husband, during which she sustained an injury requiring several stitches. Subsequently Jeanne separated from her husband and secured a protection order. Like many other clients who seek services at the DVSC, Jeanne experienced her husband as dramatically […]

May 10, 2018

Trauma-Informed Care

Written by Sandra L. Jackson, MSW, LICSW, LCSW-C, Executive Director As a trained and licensed social worker, I have learned over many years why every single service at House of Ruth — from therapy to case management to financial lessons — are key to helping the women we serve get back on their feet. In my […]

Apr 13, 2018

Deborah’s Story

32-year old Deborah* came to House of Ruth’s Domestic Violence Support Center (DVSC) after spending eight years in an abusive relationship. Deborah was working, and had been employed steadily for the past two years while living in a rented room in a house owned by a family friend. Deborah had tried several times to leave […]

Apr 4, 2018

Blossoming With Room To Rebloom

written by Sandra L. Jackson, MSW, LICSW, LCSW-C, Executive Director We are all about transitioning and blossoming here at House of Ruth, and that’s why I love spring so much. We serve so many women who felt ignored, unseen, or invisible — and thanks to your help — we illuminate their beauty, opportunities and strength. […]

Mar 7, 2018

Jasmine’s Story

Jasmine* is a 47 year-old mother of four with an extensive history of emotional, physical and sexual abuse, dating back to early childhood, as well as having experienced violence in the community where she lived and struggling with severe mental illness. When Jasmine first came to House of Ruth’s Domestic Violence Support Center (DVSC), she […]

Feb 23, 2018

Building A Space For Children

For more than 21 years, House of Ruth’s Kidspace program, an accredited therapeutic child development center, has served homeless children on what was once a charming, community-based corner lot in Ward 7. Over the years, the dedicated staff has creatively adapted the two residential buildings and surrounding grounds to serve as an education and therapy […]

Feb 21, 2018

2017 DC Women’s Needs Assessment Report

In the spring of 2017, the steering committee of the Women’s Task Force of the District of Columbia Interagency Council on Homelessness (ICH) together with The Community Partnership for the Prevention of Homelessness (TCP) conducted an analysis on gender and household type using data from the 2017 PIT Count. This initial examination revealed several distinct […]

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