Getting Help

If you are a woman seeking services and housing at House of Ruth, you can complete an application between the hours of 5:00 and 6:30 p.m. on Mondays or Thursdays at our Madison Program, 651 10th Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002.  If you are a service provider seeking services for women (service providers only), contact Seteria Hollinshed by email at shollinshed@houseofruth.org.

If you are a service provider seeking services and housing for a woman with children, please be advised that we have no openings at this time.

If you are a victim of domestic violence and believe you may want counseling, call our Domestic Violence Support Center at 202-667-7001, Extension 515 to set up an initial conversation.  The counseling services are free of charge and located in downtown Washington, DC, near several Metro and Bus routes. Learn more about the Support Center.

If you are homeless or living in a transitional living program and need developmental day care services, please contact Kidspace by calling Sharon Henson at 202-667-7001, Extension 223 or by email at shenson@houseofruth.org.  Kidspace provides a developmental day care program for children ages six weeks to five years old.

Much More than Housing

House of Ruth helps more than 1,000 women and children annually at 14 programs located throughout Washington, DC.

We provide safe housing and comprehensive supportive services to women and families who are homeless through 10 residential programs. Two programs bring our supportive services to formerly homeless families who live in rent-subsidized apartments.


Our child development center provides therapeutic interventions to help young children who are homeless to overcome developmental delays, while delivering supportive services to help their parents address the challenges in their lives. At our free counseling center, women and children find skilled therapists who can help them heal from domestic violence.

The women we serve are victims of domestic violence. If you look back into their histories, adult domestic violence is just the tip of the iceberg. The abuse began when they were young children.

Little girls who are abused don’t do well in school and they don’t do well in life without a lot of help. And that is what House of Ruth provides.

Part of the solution is in the safe, nurturing environments we provide. Another part is the comprehensive array of supportive services we make available to the women and their children. Most important of all is a skilled and caring staff who are dedicated to helping the women and children achieve safe and stable lives. At our 10 residences, staff is on-site 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, ensuring the safety of the women and families and providing constant support and encouragement.

And it works. Three-quarters of the women and families who come to House of Ruth’s transitional housing programs graduate to more independent permanent housing. More than 95% of the women and families in our permanent supported living programs stay with us year-to-year, ensuring their ongoing safety and stability despite the women’s serious mental illnesses.