House of Ruth

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 their daughter. At House of Ruth she found safe housing, daily support, counseling, and case management that included connections to much needed legal services. She also found a stable, caring environment for Vanessa, who is diagnosed with autism.

Esther is a force. She is a determined, brave women who can speak five different languages. Today she is in school, about to obtain her GED, and has qualified to begin working as a language interpreter. She takes wonderful care of Vanessa, who is thriving in a school for children with special needs. This positive trajectory would not be possible without Esther’s resilience and the care and concern of our community of supporters.

*Names have been changed.