House of Ruth

Pillows for a Purpose

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 Kamaria Mason at kmason@houseofruth.org for more details.

World Market’s Easter Donations

In April 2020, World Market partnered with House of Ruth to provide a huge donation of Easter goods—including toys, candy and decorations—for the women and families at our programs.

These generous gifts were a wonderful surprise and came as a delight to the families at House of Ruth’s Families First I program (pictured).

Thank you so much to World Market for brightening this year’s Easter holiday for our clients, particularly during this difficult time.

LiLi The First Helps Clients Feel Top Notch

Last month, the generous and inspiring staff of Georgetown boutique LiLi The First came to a group meeting of House of Ruth’s family programs and helped each woman feel pampered and spoiled. Bringing new clothing made from top-notch designers in Israel, Italy and elsewhere—as well as generously donated jewelry—the three staff from LiLi The First offered suggestions, clothing, jewelry, and a great feeling of support and kindness. The more than 10 clients who left with new outfits felt cared for and lifted up.

If you are interested in volunteering at House of Ruth, contact Elizabeth Kiker at ekiker@houseofruth.org or 202-597-5803.

2019 Giant National BBQ Battle

On June 22-23rd, the Giant National Capital Barbeque Battle hosted its 27th annual Barbeque Battle at our nation’s capital, and the producers have graciously donated tickets to the BBQ Battle to the women, children and staff at House of Ruth again this year!

The women and children had an amazing time during the weekend event, enjoying the day’s festivities with food, laughter and music, and of course, they had the chance to sample a variety of BBQ staples of D.C.’s local restaurants.

On behalf of all of us here at House of Ruth, we want to thank the producers of the Giant National Capital Barbeque Battle for so generously providing tickets to this fun-filled weekend!

New Dresses for All

A beautiful, sophisticated and caring boutique owner, Ifat Pridan, brought her extra winter clothes to House of Ruth in mid-March to donate to our clients. Her boutique, Lili the First, in Georgetown, has the finest designers and garments from all over the world. She shared dresses, blazers, shirts, pants and jewelry with nine clients from our scattered site programs.

The women came in looking a bit bashful and curious, and left looking and feeling like a million bucks. One woman declared that she had found her dress for her engagement pictures. The most meaningful interaction of the night was a client who said, “I set up a charity in my other life, to donate shoes to the needy. I’m not used to being a recipient of charity—but I deeply appreciate these excellent clothes.”

Every woman left with at least two pieces plus jewelry, and staff, clients and volunteers were impressed with the generosity of spirit taking place that night. “The team and myself had a very emotional evening, we never thought that working in or owning a boutique could contribute so much confidence to women who need it the most,” said boutique owner Ifat Pridan.

Thanks to Lili the First, House of Ruth board member Gina Schaefer for connecting us to the boutique, and to all of our clients who are bravely starting anew.

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