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Los Angeles House of Ruth

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Domestic Violence, Family Violence Shelters, Homeless & Housing

Mission: The mission of the Los Angeles House of Ruth is to provide temporary and transitional shelter, permanent supportive housing and supportive services for homeless battered women and their children. For the past 35 years, Los Angeles House of Ruth has provided access to basic needs, essential supportive services, and housing to homeless single mothers and their children in Los Angeles County each year to assist them in their transition from crisis situation to self-sufficiency and stable, permanent housing and living. This program offers 80 shelter beds to homeless women and children from Los Angeles County and provides the supportive services necessary to help these families move from homelessness and poverty to permanent housing and self sufficiency. Each year our program serves close to 180 women and children with basic needs (food, shelter, clothing) and essential supportive services to help these families rebuild their lives. Additionally, we provide aftercare services to dozens of our former clients and offer referrals for emergency services to over 500 people.

Target demographics: provide a safety net for otherwise homeless and battered families & support them as they achieve productive, happy lives.

Direct beneficiaries per year: provided shelter, food and clothing to 58 women and 120 children, emergency food and clothing to 90 families, case management services to 66 families, and referrals for services to over 500 people. We have helped over 4,000 women and children into permanent homes since our inception.

Geographic areas served: Los Angeles

Programs: Case management, Emergency shelter, Transitional Housing, Child Care, Crisis intervention, Education planning & placement, Counseling & therapy, Health screening & education,Social service referrals, Transportation, Welfare advocacy, Goal setting, Life skills training: parenting, money management, goal setting, nutrition & cooking skills , clothing, furniture & apartment set up for permanent housing, and Permanent housing placement & move-in assistance

Community Stories

5 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Rating: 5

I’ve worked with the directors for years, and I’ve volunteered here. It’s an amazing non-profit with amazing people working here. It’s such an honest-to-goodness meaningful program that has helped so many women and children and is a integral part of their community.



Rating: 5

The exceptional quality that makes Los Angeles House of Ruth such an effective organization is their commitment to helping and healing both the traumatized mother and her children. Women and their children seek shelter and safety, and while residing there they all receive the counseling, schooling, and life skills they need to emerge as healthy self-empowered families. Los Angeles House of Ruth is not just a shelter. It is a loving, healing and healthy environment where lives are transformed!


Client Served

Rating: 5

My experience here was warm and supportive . I have been in 4 other shelters, LA House of Ruth is the only one that really helped me. Now I have a job and an apartment. me and my kids are happy and feel secure.
They still help me out when I need something .

Love them lots!



Rating: 5

This organization is totally grass roots. It is evident that all of our donated dollars go directly to the families in need. The women who live there are making the changes that are needed to make progress in thier futires.

Review from Guidestar


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Los Angeles House of Ruth is one of those rare organizations where each member of the team - from staff to board to volunteers - is entirely dedicated to the cause! They have an amazing history of changing lives! I have spoken to several women who have been clients at House of Ruth and who know that their lives were literally SAVED because of the help offered from House of Ruth. They do everything they can to get single mothers on their feet.