The holidays are meant to be a time of peace, harmony and goodwill. Unfortunately, the incidences of intimate partner violence don’t decrease just because it is the holiday season. This time of year can be difficult for so many, especially those who have fled their home to escape abuse.
Our Adopt A Family program is now closed. If you’d still like to help a family in need, please review the list below for other ways to help our families or visit our wish list for a list of current needs for those families living in our shelter and the community.
Holiday Wish List
Collect items from the current Wish List for the House of Ruth Maryland’s Emergency Shelter and other client programs. This list is regularly updated with urgently needed items and others that we can use year-round. To obtain a current wish list, please contact us at (410) 554-8449!
Basket of Smiles
As women either arrive to stay with us, or move out on their own, we like to give each woman a laundry basket filled with pajamas, bath towels, socks, full-sized toiletries, or other pampering items like lotion, nail polish, etc. You can donate baskets and/or products to help us reach our goal.
The Gift that Keeps on Giving
Thank you for your generosity in thinking of the many families benefiting from your gifts this holiday season. We applaud your graciousness, and at the same time ask you to keep in mind the thousands of other families HRM will serve after the holidays are over. By making a contribution to HRM’s general fund, you will ensure a bright New Year for all the lives HRM will touch in 2017 and will help ensure that the counseling, legal representation, shelter, and childcare services we provide to break the cycle of violence will be available to help victims year-round.
Brighten a Child’s Day
Intimate partner violence is traumatic for children at any age. Besides toys and games, we like to offer the children of our clients the opportunity to go on day trips to allow them some time away from the turmoil in their lives.
How you can help – provide tickets to:
The Maryland Zoo, Ravens games, National Aquarium, Port Discovery Children’s Museum, Maryland Science Center, Movie theater passes, Orioles games
*Sponsor lunch or snacks for a field trip!*
Starter Home Package
A sixth of the victims (16.7%) who left our shelter last year went on to their own place – including a new private apartment or transitional housing program. Additionally, some victims who never entered our shelter were assisted through the Client Services Program to relocate and find a new safe place to live. Many leave an abusive environment with very few belongings – often nothing but the clothing they’re wearing that day. They deserve more than that for picking up their lives and starting over.
How you can help:
New Twin, Full or Queen-sized Sheets New Pillows, Blankets, Towels, Washcloths, Bathmats Shower curtains (and rings), new kitchenware (pots, pans, dishes, flatware…)
Emergency Hotel Placement Package
When our Emergency Shelter is full, or is not an option, and we are faced with a victim in a desperate situation, we are sometimes able to place them safely in a hotel for a few nights. In total, 384 people (170 adults, 294 children) were placed in hotels last year. Client Service Coordinators provide case management services to the victim until a new more permanent location can be found. In the meantime, there are costs involved.
How you can help:
Gift cards (preferably for grocery stores, gas stations, Wal-Mart or Target) Diapers/Pull-ups, New games or activity kits for children,
Cash – $60/night can get a woman and her children to sleep without fear of abuse.
If you choose to make a financial contribution, click here, call 410-554-84436 to make a donation by phone or mail to:
House of Ruth Maryland
2201 Argonne Drive
Baltimore, MD 21218
Thank you for thinking of our families this holiday season!