Dana Christmon, an Atlanta resident with deep ties to both the D.C. area and House of Ruth, recently decided to sell her first-ever car — a very well-taken care of 2003 Honda Accord. “This was my first car when I was 16; and I knew when I decided to sell it that I wanted to: 1, not haggle with aggressive sales people and 2, have it benefit the House of Ruth.”
Dana’s mother, Frances Christmon, is currently serving on the House of Ruth Board of Directors, and her father, Darryl Christmon, served on the board for nine years. Helping women and children survivors of homelessness and domestic violence is in her blood!
The profit from cars donated on behalf of House of Ruth comes straight to us, and we send an acknowledgement letter thanking the donor. So — even if both your parents haven’t served on the House of Ruth board!! — we invite you to sell your car on behalf of House of Ruth.
If you have questions about the process or anything else regarding donating to House of Ruth, reach out to our Chief Development Officer, Elizabeth Kiker, at email@example.com or call 202-597-5803.
Gearing Up for Gifts for Families Program
As the holiday season fast approaches, we are preparing for the start of our annual Gifts for Families holiday program! The gifts on our Target registry are allocated by age, and range around $100 per person (1-2 gifts per family member).
In previous years, we’ve had everything from individual donors purchasing holiday gifts for a single family, to a church who purchased gifts for all the women at our Madison shelter, to a company organizing a holiday gift drive to purchase gifts for all the families at an entire program!
Our hope and goal this year is to have every single one of the 652 gifts on our holiday registry purchased, so that every client receives a special holiday present.
Founder and Owner of Calm/Cool Collective, Shakeelah Sutton, is partnering with two DC businesses to provide monthly wellness pop-ups for the community and is using the events as a fundraiser opportunity for House of Ruth.
House of Ruth’s mission and vision touched her heart, and strongly aligns with not only her company’s values, but her personal values as well. Be sure to check out her Instagram for more details on the wellness pop-up events. On behalf of the clients and staff at House of Ruth, we are so grateful for her support!
Giant Food Community Bag & Giving Tag Program
House of Ruth has been selected as a beneficiary of the Giant Food Community Bag Program for the month of July!
The Giant Food Community Bag Program, which launched in May 2019, is a reusable bag program that facilitates community support with the goal to make a difference in the communities where shoppers live and work.
House of Ruth was selected as the July 2021 beneficiary of the program by store leadership at the Giant Food located at 1400 7th Street NW, Washington DC. House of Ruth will receive a $1 donation every time the $2.50 reusable Community Bag is purchased at this location during July (unless otherwise directed by the customer through the Giving Tag attached to the bag).
Let’s get started! We can begin by spreading the news to our friends and family. Call, send emails, and post on social media. The more people who learn about the program and purchase the Community Bag during this month, the more money we will raise.
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!
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.”