Houseline Winter 2021
Changing Attitudes. Saving Lives.
Advocating and Supporting Children Impacted by Intimate Partner Violence
Children exposed to intimate partner violence experience fear, anxiety, depression, guilt, confusion, blame, anger and a myriad of other short- and long-term behavioral, emotional and physical issues. Children who witness violence are also at a greater risk to repeat the cycle of abuse – by either entering into an abusive relationship or becoming the abusive partner themselves. House of Ruth Maryland is steadfast and fearless in advocating for the needs of the sometimes forgotten victims and voices, such as the children who witness violence in their homes and community around them…
Letter from the Executive Director
Well, 2021 has been another unique year. While I’m sure I am not alone in eagerly awaiting the health and safety of our community to be restored, we know that the effects of the pandemic will last well into the future. This is particularly true for the many parents and children House of Ruth Maryland serves. As we come to what we hope is the end of this Covid time, we remain committed to moving forward. We are grateful for the positive changes that have taken place over the last 18 months, and we will work hard to ensure they continue…
Holiday Gift Guide
Tis the season to give back. Browse our gift Holiday Gift Guide for gift ideas that support House of Ruth Maryland and victims of intimate partner violence during the holiday season.
Donation Drive Fills the House
Each October during Domestic Violence Awareness Month, House of Ruth Maryland proudly teams up with WMAR 2 News, People’s Bank 1864, Weis Markets Towson, 100.7 The Bay and Von Paris Moving & Storage for our annual Fill the House donation drive.
Members of the community come out to the support House of Ruth Maryland by donating diapers, wipes, baby food, bedding, new undergarments and other everyday essential items for our clients as they begin rebuilding their lives. We are always amazed by the outpouring of support each year and this year was no exception. Thanks to our generous donors, we once again “filled the house” and the Von Paris Moving truck to capacity to bring essential items to victims and their children.
Fostering Safer Communities Through Shared Ideas
House of Ruth Maryland, in collaboration with the Maryland Safe Futures Collaborative, has launched Salus – a virtual community of practice, resource clearinghouse and online learning platform, aimed to connect a national community of service providers supporting victims of intimate partner violence.
“Salus strengthens efforts to promote peace and support the health and safety of communities impacted by intimate partner violence, sexual assault and sex trafficking by amplifying the voices of practitioners who have been doing great work in crisis response, abuse prevention and victim empowerment,” said Lisa Nitsch, director of training and education for House of Ruth Maryland. “Salus is a collaborative knowledge center, built by House of Ruth Maryland, that enables service providers to learn and share best practices on three core competencies – Prevention, Response and Empowerment.”
The Prevention Center provides insights on early intervention programs designed to intercept or de-escalate violence and build the capacity of individuals and families to regulate their emotions and behaviors without violence. The Response Center offers resources and best practices about successful models for shelter care, including offering an effective front door for victims and first responders, how to support victims in crisis and strategies to ensure victims receive warm handoffs to safe house shelters or specialty care facilities. The Empowerment Center offers practices on post-crisis services that support and empower survivors on their journey to improve self-sufficiency and break the cycle of violence in families. House of Ruth Maryland serves as the Knowledge Center, known as Salus, which combines the resources and expertise of the Maryland Safe Futures Collective to distribute best practices and standards of care for victims.
Trunk or Treat
On October 28, 2021, House of Ruth Maryland staff hosted a Trunk or Treat for our clients. Clients and their children were able to participate in the beloved fall tradition of Trick or Treating in a safe, outdoor and fun environment. While the kids enjoyed their favorite candies, spooky tunes, face painting and chasing around our resident House of Ruth Maryland dinosaur (our CFO in costume!), moms were able to pick up gift bags full of beauty products, planners and a new purse. The Trunk or Treat event gave us the opportunity to provide a sense of normalcy and happiness to clients during a year full of challenges.
Upcoming Training & Education Opportunities
House of Ruth Maryland Non-Profit Leadership Series
The House of Ruth Maryland Non-Profit Leadership Series breaks down the best practices of recruiting and retaining top talent, holding productive internal meetings and staff supervisions, providing constructive performance evaluations and ongoing supervisor feedback, and successful ways to encourage teambuilding, motivate staff and build resilience among teams.
Maryland Abuse Intervention Training: Change Starts Here
During the course, participants will learn how to engage individuals who have used abusive behavior in a change process, understand the history and evaluation of abuse intervention work, and review the Maryland State Guidelines for Abuse Intervention Programs. This free training satisfies the Governor’s Office of Crime Prevention, Youth, and Victim Services’ operational guidelines for Maryland abuse intervention providers to complete 30 hours of training specific to working with perpetrators of intimate partner violence.
Special Thanks To
- Ellen Ivey, Ruth’s Closet’s top customer, for her generous donations and bringing in new customers to shop with a purpose.
- Ruth’s Closet volunteers working in the store and in our warehouse helping transform donations into merchandise.
- Melissa Walker, Hailey Klebe, and the entire KCW Engineering Technologies, Inc. team and local business community for helping us sort donations from Fill the House and other events.
- Tere Geckle for donating beautiful purses and 2022 planners for dozens of clients.
- Amy Gutberlet, Jennifer Fischer, and the team at BGE for inviting House of Ruth Maryland to present at their recent conference and for hosting another virtual
- The team at Walden University for hosting a donation drive in honor of domestic violence awareness month through our online wish list.
- Hunt Valley Lands’ End team for hosting a much needed coat drive for our clients.
- The Linthicum SECU team for donating essential items to our clients as part of their #SECUKindess Campaign.
- Everyone who sponsored, donated and volunteered at our annual Fill the House event.
Because of your generous donations, volunteer work and support, we are able to accomplish so much. Thank you!
The Future is Smiling Bright
The excitement in a child’s eyes when they lose a tooth, carefully place it under a pillow and wake up excited to see if the Tooth Fairy has visited is pure joy. We were so delighted to receive an email from a donor letting us know their donation was from their daughter, who wanted to donate her tooth fairy money to House of Ruth Maryland’s shelter. It’s stories like this that bring big smiles to our faces knowing small donations made by generous children can make a big impact in the lives in the families under our care.
We Honor All Those Who Stand With Us To Shine A Light On Intimate Partner Violence
House of Ruth Maryland greatly appreciates the support of those who share our vision of dignity, respect and safety for all. We also appreciate those who donate and choose to remain anonymous. Thank you to all of our donors for your generosity and commitment.
Save the Dates
House of Ruth Maryland’s Spring Luncheon will be held in-person and virtual on April 21, 2022. Speaker and registration coming soon.
New Donor Challenge Grant
Details coming soon about a new donor challenge grant taking place late winter 2022.