The House of Ruth, Maryland

house of ruthThe House of Ruth Maryland is an intimate partner violence center located in Baltimore, Maryland. In 1977, a coalition of women’s organizations, religious groups, service providers, and elected officials founded House of Ruth Maryland. That same year, University of Maryland’s School of Social Work and the Task Force of the Commission of the Status of Women, opened Baltimore’s first crisis shelter for victims of domestic violence and their children. The shelter was originally staffed by one paid staffed person and a voluntary Board of Directors. “We were in a bug-infested townhouse with people sleeping on mattresses on top of each other,” Marcella Schuyler, House of Ruth’s first president remembers, “It was a mess—we didn’t have the hands to organize, but we had no problem finding victims.” In November 1998, House of Ruth opened a new 84-bed shelter and 6 apartment transitional housing, featuring expanded services and programs, including a holistic health and wellness program and an on-site health clinic staffed by the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing. On any given night, the shelter is almost always full, and, in any given week, the 24-hour hotline fields between 160 and 180 calls from victims and victims’ families. Today, House of Ruth has a staff of over 90 and voluntary leadership consisting of a thirty member Board of Directors and an Advisory Committee. House of Ruth Maryland has sheltered over 15,000 women and children.

The House of Ruth have various programs for their residence.

  • Housing and Services for Women
  • Housing and Services for Families
  • Community-Based Services

Other services provided by the House of Ruth:

  • 24 Hour Hotline which is confidential and has counselors trained in crisis intervention, safety planning, counseling, legal referrals, and various languages
  • Service Coordination to help victim plan, address needs, and guide them through the process of rebuilding their lives as well as helping to link them to communities
  • Legal Clinic to help with protective orders, peace orders, divorce decrees, custody
  • Counseling for individuals and groups
  • Adelanta Familia for those that only speak spanish
  • Child and Youth Services
  • Training Institute
  • Legislative Advocacy
  • Abuse Intervention

Donations are always welcomed at the House of Ruth. If you can afford $5/week ($260/year), you can provide:

  • 1 week of daycare for children in shelter so their mom can attend appointments and look for work or a place to live.
  • Legal representation and accompaniment for 3 victims of domestic violence.
  • Crisis Counseling and follow-up services for 3 victims of domestic violence.
  • 1 half-day training so more people can learn about domestic violence and how they can help.

Privacy is very important to members and residence of the House of Ruth. On their website there is an exit button for anyone who is on their site to quickly escape to and are unable to return to their page. All of the article posts authors names have been changed and none of the photos are linked with a name.

More information on House of Ruth Maryland can be found here

For some Important Phone Numbers click here

A wish list of needed items can be found here

More information on how to donate can be found here

Helpful videos provided by House of Ruth Maryland can be found here


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by James Callahan, Cliel Shdaimah, Bryan England, Sarah Folus


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