Individual Counseling is available for
victims of domestic violence.
Trained professionals provide confidential
one-on-one counseling, which allows
women who are (or have been) victims of
domestic violence an opportunity to begin
the healing process.
Case Management addresses the many
issues that may come up in dealing with
Professional counselors help women
gain access to critical resources for:
± Education and Training
± Child Care
± Legal Issues
± Safety Planning
Safe housing is just the first step toward stability for a family left homeless by domestic violence. At House of Ruth, women and their children who are homeless and abused get the full array of supportive services they need to heal and establish safe and stable lives:
Intensive work on building a healthy parent-child bond and building positive parenting skills with each mother helps ensure the healthy development of the children;
Supportive groups as well as after-school and recreational activities for the children help them regain a more normal developmental path;
One-on-one caring attention from a skilled case manager helps each woman set and pursue new goals, such as maintaining sobriety, achieving mental health stability, and establishing healthy habits and relationships;
Mental health services, including ongoing therapy and support groups, help women and children learn to cope with the long-standing damage of abuse and trauma;
Addiction recovery services help women stay clean and sober;
Life skills training, one-on-one and in groups, helps each woman acquire the skills she needs;
Financial services help women establish their budgets, clean up bad credit and begin saving.
Kidspace, founded in 1990, is a nationally accredited child development center for children ages six weeks through five years old. The children are from families that are homeless and living at House of Ruth or other programs in the District of Columbia.
At Kidspace, children have individualized learning and care plans to help them achieve their highest potential. In bright, engaging classrooms, each child is taught by nurturing, well-trained teachers. The goals are to help the children develop skills and autonomy; to promote a life-long love of learning; to increase communication skills; and to promote positive development.