About House of Ruth

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

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 2019
(July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019)

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: 7,831 attendees at outreach and community events

And 479 individuals volunteered a total of 9,877 hours to support HRM programs and services – or $234,431 or almost 5 full-time staffers.

Leadership Volunteers and Board

Sandi Timmins

Executive Director

Staff Directors at House of Ruth Maryland

Erika Buffaloe
Director of Human Resources

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



Janice Miller
Director of Programs and Clinical Services

Lisa Nitsch
Director of Training and Education

Cheri Parlaman
Chief Development Officer

Volunteer Leadership of House of Ruth Maryland

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

Matt Moore
Pam Colbert
Vice President
Tom Prevas
Steve Poynot

Lawrence Baird
Clare Berrang
Karen Blake
Kappie Bogart
Meryl Burgin
Joyce Ann Burman
Ben Burns


Pamela Conover
Vicki Deyesu
Christy DiPietro
Ann Marie Doory
Holly Griffin
Monica Hausner
Jeri Hawthorne

Julie Hopkins
Lisa Hudson
Linda Lo Cascio
Whitney Lull
Pamela Malester
Mary MIller
Laura Mooney

Jeff Musgrove
Jennifer Quinlan
Magnus Rhyu
Scott Vogel
Melissa Walker
Dan Yardley

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If you need help accessing the portal, please contact Cheri Parlaman

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