House of Ruth

Laptops for House of Ruth students from Bridging Tech

Laptops for House of Ruth students from Bridging Tech

In March, House of Ruth partnered with Bridging Tech, a nonprofit that gives free laptops for learning and enriching educational opportunities to children affected by homelessness.

During this past year of the pandemic, our staff, along with the women and children we serve, has had to dramatically shift their daily routine to accommodate the stay-at-home orders as well as the move to virtual school learning. In the words of one of our program coordinators: “We at House of Ruth have helped women and children survivors of homelessness and domestic violence, and we’ve spent 45 years funding trauma-informed care. The coronavirus has caused many of our clients to lose their jobs—and people who are still working, and their children, were NOT prepared for the completely computer-based 2020 and now, 2021.”

In answer to these new challenges brought by the pandemic, Bridging Tech graciously donated 95 newly refurbished laptops to the students at seven House of Ruth housing programs. The students and families are extremely grateful for these new laptops to complete their schoolwork, stay in touch with friends and classmates, and keep up with class. We thank Bridging Tech for their very generous support!

Presidential Inauguration Committee Supplies Drive

In January, a member of the Presidential Inauguration Committee started ‘Supplies Drive for House of Ruth’. They united with more than 200 people to contribute much needed supplies from the House of Ruth’s Amazon Wish list. We received and are still receiving, to this day, a massive load of donations from the committee.

We are beyond appreciative of the generosity demonstrated by the individuals that felt the desire in their hearts to give and support.

We want to thank the Committee, and our contact, Nicole Strong, a staff member at National Geographic, for putting in their time and effort to donate to the House of Ruth. We are forever grateful.

Help Women & Children with Gifts for the Holidays

It’s that time of year again, but with the special twist of the pandemic! Because we are not able to order and distribute gifts as we normally do, we have created a wish list on Target.com to provide every woman and child at House of Ruth with two gifts. The gifts are categorized by age, and range around $100 per person (1-2 gifts per family member).

Our hope and goal this year is to have every single gift on our holiday registry purchased, so that every client receives a special holiday present.

If you would rather just donate directly to House of Ruth to support our work, you can donate here. If you are ready to purchase a gift(s), click here to participate! Please purchase by December 15th, 2020. Thank you!

Thank You Organically Me

We have been supported and uplifted throughout the pandemic by volunteers — bringing meals to our Madison program, buying us everything from much-needed newborn diapers to laundry detergent…

We are particularly thankful to Danielle Little (pictured), the owner of Organically Me, who has provided hand soap, deodorant and hand sanitizer to all clients at our single, site-based programs. We always appreciate our volunteers and donors — more now than ever!

Pillows for a Purpose

Earlier this year, Somnvie brand representative Shelley Hess reached out to House of Ruth with a partnership opportunity for their “Pillows for a Purpose” program. For every pillow they sell, the company would donate one to a women’s shelter of the brand representative’s choice. Mrs. Hess wanted to support House of Ruth and the women and children we serve.

Last month, House of Ruth received our second batch from Somnvie, which included 30 brand new pillows for our clients. Our staff is extremely grateful for these new pillows for the women at our Madison program, and we thank Mrs. Hess and Somnvie for their generous support. Thank you!

My COVID Hero Campaign: Chaikin Sherman

House of Ruth Receives $5,000 Donation from Chaikin Sherman law firm

Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel personal injury attorneys recently visited House of Ruth to learn more about the nonprofit organization and donate $5,000 to support women, children and families healing from trauma, abuse and homelessness.

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, House of Ruth has seen an increase in domestic violence reports and homelessness. The donation from Chaikin Sherman will go toward comprehensive programming, services and housing for families and single women in crisis as they work to rebuild their lives.

“Local partnerships like this are vital to House of Ruth and our clients. We are grateful,” said Elizabeth Kiker, Development Director. “We appreciate Chaikin Sherman’s generosity, partnership and continued support of the community.”

The donation is part of the law firm’s “My COVID Hero” photo and video campaign to highlight COVID heroes and support local nonprofits providing essential services and care throughout the pandemic.
“Throughout the pandemic, House of Ruth has done an incredible job of supporting and empowering some of the most vulnerable members of our community,” said Allan Siegel, firm partner. “This campaign was a way for us to thank them for making a positive impact and to bring more awareness to the critical work they do. We’re happy to contribute to their efforts and encourage others to do the same.”

Legacy Keeper Mother’s Day Donations

In May 2020, Legacy Keeper and Dr. Michelle Chatman delivered 12 gift bags for the mothers at one of House of Ruth’s family programs in honor of Mother’s Day.

Each bag our clients received included a set of bath towels, wash cloths, liquid body wash, shampoo and conditioner, body lotion, lip gloss, colorful shawl or head wrap, a journal, a collapsible laundry basket and a Mother’s Day card.

On behalf of our clients and staff at House of Ruth, thank you so much to Legacy Keeper and Dr. Michelle Chatman for these wonderful Mother’s Day gift bags.

Life Preservation Initiative Donates 50,000 Masks

Foundation’s Gift to Help Women Who Need it Most During Pandemic, and Staff Serving Them

On May 19, 2020, the Life Preservation Initiative donated 50,000 masks to help House of Ruth clients and staff — the most vulnerable citizens in Washington, D.C., during the COVID-19 crisis. This new partnership is just the latest way LPI and House of Ruth are working to help those in need during this unprecedented time, especially as domestic violence reports are on the rise during shelter-in-place mandates.

“For some of us, COVID-19’s stay-at-home orders have been inconvenient. But for those facing violence in their houses, staying home is unthinkable,” said Daofeng He, the main donor to the Life Preservation Initiative. “We want to do what we can to support women who are ready to leave, especially during these unprecedented times. We are making our resources available to assist those who have escaped homelessness and domestic violence.”

“At House of Ruth, we help more than 1,000 women and children survivors of homelessness and domestic violence each year,” said Executive Director, Sandra Jackson. “Our staff and clients are almost all in at-risk categories for COVID-19, and these masks will help immensely as House of Ruth serves the most vulnerable women and children in Washington, D.C.”

Anyone experiencing domestic violence in the Washington, D.C. metro area can find help at House of Ruth — by calling us at (202) 667-7001 x. 320 — we are open, and accepting new families and women (as spaces are available) during this pandemic.

College HUNKS Hauling Junk Partnership

Moving Company Provides Free Services to DV Survivors at House of Ruth

On May 1, 2020, College HUNKS Hauling Junk & Moving moved two survivors of domestic violence in Washington, D.C. into new apartments, away from their abusers. The women moved into House of Ruth programs, and are receiving help from House of Ruth’s expert staff. This new partnership is just the latest way these companies are working to help those in need during this unprecedented time — and comes as domestic violence reports are on the rise during shelter-in-place mandates.

“For some of us, COVID-19’s stay-at-home orders have been inconvenient. But for those facing violence in their homes, staying home is unthinkable,” said Nick Friedman, Co-Founder and President of College HUNKS Hauling Junk and Moving. “We want to do what we can to support women who are ready to leave, especially during these unprecedented times. We are making our resources available to assist those who are looking for a safe way out.”

“At House of Ruth, we help more than 1,000 women and children survivors of homelessness and domestic violence each year,” said Executive Director Sandra Jackson. “Sometimes, finding the strength to leave an abuser is the hardest part — and we are grateful to College HUNKS for helping these survivors take a huge step on their journey into healing.”

Anyone experiencing domestic violence in the Washington, D.C. metro area can find help at House of Ruth — call us at 202-667-7001 x. 320 — we are open and accepting new families and women (as spaces are available) during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Supporting House of Ruth with Meals

Starting last month, several wonderful organizations including the Food Rescue US and the World Central Kitchen by Chef José Andrés have partnered with House of Ruth to provide healthy, delicious meals for House of Ruth’s front line staff. Many individuals in our community have also stepped up during this time, dropping off hot meals for the women at House of Ruth’s Madison program.

These ongoing meals have been the highlight for our staff and clients during the COVID-19 pandemic, and we cannot thank our community of supporters enough. Thank you.

If you are interested in providing meals for House of Ruth clients, please contact Elizabeth Kiker at ekiker@houseofruth.org for more details.

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