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Feb 8, 2018

Harriet’s Story

45 year old Harriet* was referred to the Domestic Violence Support Center (DVSC) by a previous counselor in private practice who “could not break through Harriet’s defensive” behaviors. When Harriet began seeing her counselor at the DVSC, she initially identified reconciling with her husband of eight months as her goal. In the beginning stages of […]


Feb 8, 2018

Ace Hardware: A Community of Helping Hands

During last year’s holiday season, the families at House of Ruth were blessed with holiday presents by our generous donors through the Adopt-A-Family program. We’ve witnessed so many wonderful connections and heartwarming stories through the holiday program, and we want to highlight the generosity of Ace Hardware Stores. House of Ruth board member and owner […]


Feb 8, 2018

Have Fun & Raise Money for House of Ruth

At the inaugural meeting of the Chevy Chase Giving Group in January 2018, House of Ruth was chosen as the recipient of the attendees’ gifts. Long-time donors hosted the event at their house, turning their anniversary celebration into a way to help women and children around the city. More than 50 showed up on an […]


Feb 8, 2018

Connecting Communities through Adopt A Family Program

During the holiday season, House of Ruth connected donors with families at House of Ruth through the Adopt-A-Family program to provide holiday gifts for each member of the family. To protect our residents’ privacy, donors were not provided specific details about the family. Instead they received a profile that listed the age, gender and sizes […]


Feb 8, 2018

Allison’s Story

Allison* initially came to House of Ruth’s Domestic Violence Support Center (DVSC) because she was concerned about the impact living with her long-term abusive partner and father of her children was having on her and her two daughters. Allison acknowledged that there were times that she and her daughters felt fearful of Allison’s partner, when […]


Feb 8, 2018

Ford’s Theatre Raises Over $96k for House of Ruth

In December 2017, Ford’s Theatre Society raised an astonishing $96,226.93 for House of Ruth during their performances of A Christmas Carol! The cast spoke about House of Ruth and collected donations from November 16 to December 27, 2017. In addition to a collection at each curtain call, patrons were encouraged to make donations through the Ford’s […]


Dec 12, 2017

Make a Bid for a Handmade Quilt Benefiting House of Ruth!

A DC women’s clothing boutique, LiLi the First, at 1419 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, is auctioning off a handmade quilt to benefit House of Ruth. This magnificent quilt was handmade by 20 local volunteer artisans of NeedleChasers of Chevy Chase Quilting Guild and quilted by Marina Baudoin! It is 44″x66″, 100% cotton, Indonesian hand printed fabrics, […]


Dec 12, 2017

Board Transitions and Elections

On December 6, 2017, new House of Ruth Board President Diane Lewis (pictured left) ran her first board meeting, and the first order of business was to honor outgoing chair and long-time board member Pamela Pinkett (pictured below). “Serving on a board can be hard work,” Lewis said, “especially when the organization hits a bump […]


Dec 12, 2017

Ford’s Theatre Picks House of Ruth as 2017 Beneficiary

Since 2009, Ford’s Theatre Society has collected money through their annual production of A Christmas Carol for Washington, DC-area charities. Through their efforts and audiences’ generous support, they have raised more than $625,000 for charities dedicated to ending homelessness, hunger and poverty. This year, Ford’s Theatre Society announced that the cast of the 2017 production […]


Dec 12, 2017

Susan’s Story

House of Ruth’s Domestic Violence Support Center offers free, top-quality counseling to survivors of domestic violence. Susan*, age 35 and with no history of counseling, came to therapy at House of Ruth to address feelings of anxiety, depression, and a belief that she was missing out on things in life, such as fulfilling work and […]


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