About House of Ruth

Our vision is that one day, every woman in Maryland will be safe in her own home.

The House of Ruth Maryland leads the fight to end violence against women and their children by confronting the attitudes, behaviors and systems that perpetuate it, and by providing victims with the services necessary to rebuild their lives safely and free of fear.

House of Ruth Maryland was founded in May of 1977 by a coalition of women’s organizations, religious groups, service providers, and elected officials to provide a safe haven for victims of domestic violence and their children. In November of 1977 we opened Baltimore’s first crisis shelter for these victims in a row house on North Calvert Street. The shelter was staffed by one paid staffed person and a voluntary Board of Directors.

In November 1998 a new 84-bed shelter and 6 apartment transitional housing, featuring expanded services and programs, opened. The new shelter has a holistic health and wellness program, including an on-site health clinic staffed by the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing.

Today, House of Ruth Maryland is recognized as one of the nation’s most comprehensive domestic violence centers and has a staff of more than ninety. Our voluntary leadership consists of a thirty-member Board of Directors and an Advisory Committee.

Fast Facts for FY 2016
(July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2016)

In FY16, the number of unduplicated people served totaled 17,077 including:

adult victims


friends, family, and supporters of the House of Ruth Maryland

male and female abuse intervention clients

professionals receiving training

In addition, HRM provided information and outreach to: 6,479 attendees at outreach and community events

And 393 individuals volunteered a total of 8,122 hours to support HRM programs and services – or $179,800 or almost 4 full-time staffers.

Leadership Volunteers and Board

Sandi Timmins

Executive Director

Staff Directors at House of Ruth Maryland

Mary McGeady
Chief Operating Officer

Dorothy Lennig
Director of Marjorie Cook Legal Clinic at House of Ruth Maryland

Lisa Nitsch
Director of Training and Education

Janice Miller
Director of Programs and Clinical Services

Andrew Primrose
Director of Development

Cheri Parlaman
Chief Communications Officer

Volunteer Leadership of House of Ruth Maryland

House of Ruth Maryland is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors.

Jeff Musgrove

Matt Moore
Vice President
Tom Prevas
Monica Hausner

Yuri Agrawal
Kappie Bogart
Meryl Burgin
Joyce Ann Burman
Ben Burns
Pamela Colbert
Victoria Deyesu

Christy DiPietro
Ann Marie Doory
Holly G. Edington
Nicole Francis
Kevin Frank
Jeri Hawthorne
Amoretta M. Hoeber

Julie Hopkins
Lisa Hudson
Linda Lo Cascio
Pamela Malester
Mary Miller
Anne Neuberger
Darshini Reddivari

Magnus Rhyu
Steven Poynot
Carolyn Thaler
Larry Walker
Kim Webster
Monica White
Charlene Williams

Financial Summary 2016

FY 2016 UNAUDITED Financial Summary

Revenue Dollars % of total
Private Sources 3,162,041 43.5%
Government Grants 3,227,559 44.5%
Other Sources 892,387 12%
Total 7,281,987 100%
Expense Dollars % of total
Personnel 5,747,507 79%
Operating 1,534,480 21%
Total 7,281,987 100%

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