Your generosity has helped keep the House Of Ruth Maryland doors open to thousands of victims of domestic violence over the years.
In November of 1977, a courageous band of women joined forces, united by their vision and determination to stop the emotional, physical and sexual abuse of victims.
Lacking money, resources or even a place, but standing steadfast in the face of many who blamed victims or were derisive of their plight, they persuaded elected officials to give them a building -- a rundown row house. The House Of Ruth, Maryland's first crisis shelter program and hotline opened in May of 1978. Not surprisingly, when our doors opened the word spread and victims fled their abusers like wild fire; showing up at our door, they filled our shelter to overflowing.
Since that fateful day, we have sheltered over 15,000 women and children.