BENEFITING: ALL WAYS UP FOUNDATION
Homeless women with children continue to be the fastest growing segment of the U.S. homeless population. One-third to one-half of homeless women on the street today are fleeing domestic violence. More women are injured by their spouses or boyfriends than by car accidents, muggings and rapes combined. The American Medical Association estimates that 3,000,000 to 4,000,000 women are battered each year by their husbands or live-in partners. More than half of all women murdered in the United States every year are killed by their partner or ex-partner.
Since 1978, the Los Angeles House of Ruth has been a safe haven for homeless and battered women with children - one of only a handful of such specialized shelters in Greater Los Angeles. A compassionate, homelike environment empowers these mothers to move from living destructive, dependent lives to personal responsibility and self-sufficiency. Their children, who have been raised in chaotic, dangerous surroundings, are given immediate help for behavioral problems or learning disabilities they may have been developed.
For more than 30 years, homeless and battered women with children have had a safe haven in Los Angeles called the House of Ruth. The population we serve, women with children, are one of the hardest homeless populations to serve as they have a higher need of service than a single man or woman. County and city social service agencies, hospitals, police departments and churches have referred single-parent, female-headed families in crisis - who often have nowhere else to turn for help - to the shelter. We now have four shelter houses in East Los Angeles to provide a vital link to survival for homeless and battered women with children through emergency and transitional and supportive services.
What We Do
We serve over 140 women and children a year with comprehensive support and transitional services, which include on-site services of shelter, meals, mental health services, health services, crisis intervention, life skills training, case management, childcare and other needed support services. Beyond serving families in our housing program, an additional 500 people a year (minimum) are provided with referrals for food, medical help, shelter, and other crisis services.