Women and children get better at House of Ruth. Roughly 75% of the women and the families we serve move into more independent permanent housing when they leave us. Over the course of a year, we will work with more than 1,100 women and children who are homeless and abused.
Results are measured frequently and in several ways.
Seven to 10 outcome goals are set for each program and look at critical indicators of progress such as the percentage of women who sustain psychiatric stability and sobriety; the percentage of women who have healthy, nurturing relationships with their children; and the percentage of children who are emotionally stable and practicing social skills.
At our residential programs, we are interacting with the women and children every day, so we know that the families are making substantial progress toward lives that are far more safe and stable than before they came to House of Ruth. Each individual’s progress is measured against their goals in weekly case management meetings.
At Kidspace, we are working with the children five days a week and we are able to closely monitor their progress. Thorough assessments of each child’s developmental levels drive an individualized plan for that child. The children’s progress is monitored daily by their teacher and discussed frequently with the child’s parents. The progress of the more severely distressed or developmentally delayed children is discussed by their teachers and therapists on at least a weekly basis.
At the Domestic Violence Support Center our contact with each participant is usually limited to one counseling session per week, part of which is normally devoted to assessing their progress toward their goals for that period of time.
We also monitor the health of the organization. The Finance Committee of the Board of Directors meets monthly to review House of Ruth’s financial position and actual expenses compared to the budget. The Board meets six times a year to review all the main operational areas of the organization: programs, finances, operations, development as well as progress toward the goals for that year. An independent financial audit is conducted annually and an Annual Report is prepared summarizing the main activities, accomplishments and challenges of each year.
Our vision is to enable the largest number of people we serve to achieve stable housing, trauma recovery, mental health, addiction recovery, employment and abuse-free relationships. To achieve this vision House of Ruth will: