House of Ruth

House of Ruth House of Ruth provides homes and comprehensive, supportive services to abused and homeless women and children in Washington, DC. House of Ruth was founded in 1976 to provide housing and supportive services to women who were homeless and abused.

We housed eight women our first night. Today, at twelve residential locations, a developmental day care facility, and a free domestic violence counseling center, we serve more than 1,000 women and children every year.

We housed eight women our first night. Today, at twelve residential locations, a developmental day care facility, and a free domestic violence counseling center, we serve more than 1,000 women and children every year.

Mission: Our mission is to help women, children and families in greatest need and with very limited resources build safe, stable lives and achieve their highest potential. Our goal is to help the women and children achieve safety, stability and the greatest possible self-sufficiency.

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With your contribution, we can help families begin to rebuild a path toward safe, independent, and sustainable lives thr...
12/01/2020

With your contribution, we can help families begin to rebuild a path toward safe, independent, and sustainable lives through programs like Kidspace and counseling services. Donate today to help families in crisis! #GivingTuesday https://houseofruth.org/donate-now/

During these hard times where you can't celebrate and congregate with your family and friends for the holidays,  we stil...
11/26/2020

During these hard times where you can't celebrate and congregate with your family and friends for the holidays, we still want to give the families a little normalcy. Every year we have a Thanksgiving Dinner with the families. This year we had to pre-package the meal and deliver it to the families. They were very appreciative of the meals. And thanked us for the time and effort it took to prepare a delicious meal for them.

This #GivingTuesday, help us enrich our programs that provide housing, childcare, and counseling to those healing from t...
11/24/2020

This #GivingTuesday, help us enrich our programs that provide housing, childcare, and counseling to those healing from trauma, abuse, and homelessness. Every donation is appreciated! https://houseofruth.org/donate-now/

So excited about this building!
11/18/2020

So excited about this building!

Our garden volunteers helped us enormously to create this beautiful bounty ... we love #volunteers
11/12/2020

Our garden volunteers helped us enormously to create this beautiful bounty ... we love #volunteers

Help @brandsandmakers raise money for some great causes!
11/12/2020

Help @brandsandmakers raise money for some great causes!

We salute the bakers, the donors, and the CLIENTS who are leaving scary things behind this Halloween ... thanks for dona...
10/31/2020

We salute the bakers, the donors, and the CLIENTS who are leaving scary things behind this Halloween ... thanks for donating these great treats to House of Ruth ...

We love @confidentsystazsocialclub for their amazing generosity for our clients. Thanks for everything!!
10/30/2020

We love @confidentsystazsocialclub for their amazing generosity for our clients. Thanks for everything!!

Keeping our spirits up with door decorating contests as we wrap up #domesticviolenceawarenessmonth
10/30/2020

Keeping our spirits up with door decorating contests as we wrap up #domesticviolenceawarenessmonth

So grateful to our donors who keep our hardworking clients in diapers, detergent, deodorant and more!
10/30/2020

So grateful to our donors who keep our hardworking clients in diapers, detergent, deodorant and more!

Sandra Jackson, our president and CEO, explains how child care is key to overcoming disparities within domestic violence...
10/29/2020
Sandra Jackson: Expanding child care can help Black women overcome disparities in domestic violence

Sandra Jackson, our president and CEO, explains how child care is key to overcoming disparities within domestic violence in the D.C. community. Read her piece in The DC Line to learn more! https://thedcline.org/2020/10/29/sandra-jackson-expanding-child-care-can-help-black-women-overcome-disparities-in-domestic-violence/

Approximately 25% of women and 14% of men in the United States — and a staggering 39% of women in DC — will face domestic violence within their lifetimes. This pernicious problem finds its way into all corners of the country and can be damaging and d

Talking about breast cancer prevention at House of Ruth ... #domesticviolenceawarenessmonth
10/23/2020

Talking about breast cancer prevention at House of Ruth ... #domesticviolenceawarenessmonth

One more #purplethursday💜 post ... #domesticviolenceawarenessmonth
10/23/2020

One more #purplethursday💜 post ... #domesticviolenceawarenessmonth

#purplethursday💜 at House of Ruth continues #domesticviolenceawarenessmonth
10/22/2020

#purplethursday💜 at House of Ruth continues #domesticviolenceawarenessmonth

Representing #purplethursday at House of Ruth. Thanks @ShootHoopsNotGuns for the awesome design.
10/22/2020

Representing #purplethursday at House of Ruth. Thanks @ShootHoopsNotGuns for the awesome design.

We love our friends ReVased for bringing light to clients during #domesticviolenceawarenessmonth
10/22/2020

We love our friends ReVased for bringing light to clients during #domesticviolenceawarenessmonth

Thank you Child Care Counts for the shout out and support!Their board is matching the high bids on three of the items at...
10/06/2020
Child Care Counts

Thank you Child Care Counts for the shout out and support!

Their board is matching the high bids on three of the items at their annual silent auction (up to $500) for House of Ruth.

For more information about the Child Care Counts silent auction and to see a list of items, visit: https://www.dcchildcarecounts.org/bighearts.html

Timely piece by Petula Dvorak in today's Washington Post. One of our current families was referred by an agency that assists survivors of domestic violence. We are helping by providing a child care scholarship to this family so Mom can work and feel confident that her son is being well cared for. By coincidence, our board has pledged to match the highest bidder of two silent auction items in our upcoming online auction, and donate that amount (up to $500) to House of Ruth, in honor of the item's donor and the purchaser. #ChildCareCounts #PetulaDvorak #HouseofRuth #EndDomesticViolence

For more info about the auction and to see a list of items: https://www.dcchildcarecounts.org/bighearts.html

The pandemic has caused upheaval for all of us, but for victims of domestic violence it can mean being trapped in close ...
10/01/2020
Perspective | Domestic abuse has risen during the pandemic. Groups like the House of Ruth are ready.

The pandemic has caused upheaval for all of us, but for victims of domestic violence it can mean being trapped in close quarters with an abuser. Learn more about this important issue and the value of resources like #Kidspace https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/domestic-abuse-has-risen-during-the-pandemic-groups-like-the-house-of-ruth-are-ready/2020/10/01/e46922c8-03ea-11eb-b7ed-141dd88560ea_story.html

Staying at home has meant kids and parents are trapped with their abusers.

Kidspace has had a glow up! We can’t wait for the official launch of our new space tomorrow!
09/29/2020

Kidspace has had a glow up! We can’t wait for the official launch of our new space tomorrow!

We’re one day away from opening up our reimagined Kidspace! Every child deserves to grow and learn in a supportive envir...
09/29/2020

We’re one day away from opening up our reimagined Kidspace! Every child deserves to grow and learn in a supportive environment.

Our new Kidspace is opening up soon! Our updated facility is doubling our capacity — soon, we’ll be able to care for 88 ...
09/26/2020

Our new Kidspace is opening up soon! Our updated facility is doubling our capacity — soon, we’ll be able to care for 88 infants, toddlers, and children from the DC area.

Reading is a crucial element of child development. During the 2019-2020 school year, we sent each Kidspace student home ...
09/25/2020

Reading is a crucial element of child development. During the 2019-2020 school year, we sent each Kidspace student home with four new books every week. Every child deserves a home library, especially while they’re learning.

We're excited to announce that our fearless leader, Sandra Jackson, has been promoted to President & CEO of House of Rut...
09/24/2020

We're excited to announce that our fearless leader, Sandra Jackson, has been promoted to President & CEO of House of Ruth. Sandra has overseen so many exciting projects and initiatives on behalf of the women we serve and we could not be more proud!

#WendyWeek2020 is almost over! Don't forget to use the hashtag to show how you're celebrating Wendy!
09/24/2020

#WendyWeek2020 is almost over! Don't forget to use the hashtag to show how you're celebrating Wendy!

"This is what we dreamed of and now we have it.” Thanks to @wjlatv for featuring our new Kidspace facility that will be ...
09/22/2020
Free childcare for D.C. kids impacted by trauma, homelessness gets new space in Ward 7

"This is what we dreamed of and now we have it.” Thanks to @wjlatv for featuring our new Kidspace facility that will be officially opening next Wednesday! https://wjla.com/news/local/kidspace-child-care-service-program-moving-new-building

A brand new building in D. C's Southeast is a sign of hope for parents of young children in Ward 7 and 8. A long running program, Kidspace, which provides free child care services to children in need for more than 30 years will officially have a new home. The new facility located at the original sit...

According to the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, 74% of Black moms provide at least 40% of their family’s earning...
09/22/2020

According to the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, 74% of Black moms provide at least 40% of their family’s earnings. These women need access to free, high-quality childcare.

This week is #WendyWeek2020! Share how you're honoring Wendy's memory through the hashtag!
09/21/2020

This week is #WendyWeek2020! Share how you're honoring Wendy's memory through the hashtag!

Children make up 31% of the population living in poverty. Free access to childcare is an important part of lifting famil...
09/20/2020

Children make up 31% of the population living in poverty. Free access to childcare is an important part of lifting families out of poverty.

This Wednesday our executive director, Sandra Jackson, will be speaking with the folks at Project Womb about the need fo...
09/19/2020

This Wednesday our executive director, Sandra Jackson, will be speaking with the folks at Project Womb about the need for sanitary products for those experiencing homelessness. Join us to learn more!

This week, we are supporting our partners at the Wendy Martinez Legacy Project as they celebrate Wendy's life through #W...
09/18/2020

This week, we are supporting our partners at the Wendy Martinez Legacy Project as they celebrate Wendy's life through #WendyWeek2020. We hope you will join us!

Childcare disproportionately falls on women's shoulders. According to a University of Southern California survey, 44% of...
09/17/2020

Childcare disproportionately falls on women's shoulders. According to a University of Southern California survey, 44% of women reported being the only household member providing care to their children compared to 14% of men.

Kidspace was designed to help women and their children.

The childcare crisis amidst #covid19 is disproportionately impacting parents of color, who have less access to telework ...
09/15/2020

The childcare crisis amidst #covid19 is disproportionately impacting parents of color, who have less access to telework opportunities, according to Center for American Progress. Kidspace is a safe learning environment for children to get the care they, and their families, deserve.

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