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 2021
(July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021)
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
Staff Directors at House of Ruth Maryland
Director of Clinical Services
Director of Marjorie Cook Legal Clinic at House of Ruth Maryland
Chief Financial Officer
Director of Human Resources
Director of Survivor Engagement and Stability Services
Director of Training and Education
Director of Development
Volunteer Leadership of House of Ruth Maryland
House of Ruth Maryland is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors.
Joyce Ann Burman
Ann Marie Doory
Linda Lo Cascio