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Human Services : Children's and Family Services

House of Ruth, Washington, D.C.

Empowering women, children and families to rebuild their lives and heal from trauma, abuse and homelessness.

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four stars

90.71

Five Thomas Circle, NW Washington, DC 20005
tel: (202) 667-7001   Web Site
EIN: 52-1054102

Board Leadership
Diane Lewis
Chair

CEO
Sandra Jackson
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 90.71 four stars
  Financial 87.50 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 09/03/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Founded in 1976, House of Ruth empowers women, children and families to rebuild their lives and heal from trauma, abuse and homelessness. Here, women, children and families heal from lifetimes of traumatic abuse. At our 16 programs in Washington, DC, we assess the capacities and needs of each woman and child, then design and deliver a specialized combination of services to meet their needs and build on their strengths. We enfold the women and families in a safe and structured environment, where they receive highly responsive and caring attention from the staff. Every day at House of Ruth, more than 1,000 women and children work hard to learn the skills to live independently and eliminate homelessness and abuse from their lives. They participate at 14 residential programs, a developmental day care center and a free counseling program for domestic violence survivors.

Founded in 1976, House of Ruth empowers women, children and families to rebuild their lives and heal from trauma, abuse and homelessness. Here, women, children and families heal from lifetimes of traumatic abuse. At our 16 programs in Washington, DC, we assess the capacities and needs of each woman and child, then design and deliver a specialized combination of services to meet their needs and build on their strengths. We enfold the women and families in a safe and structured environment, where they receive highly responsive and caring attention from the staff. Every day at House of Ruth, more than 1,000 women and children work hard to learn the skills to live independently and eliminate homelessness and abuse from their lives. They participate at 14 residential programs, a developmental day care center and a free counseling program for domestic violence survivors.

Impact Information

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Program Name: Homes for Families
Program Activities
House of Ruth provides supportive services to women and children at residential programs in D.C. All were homeless and nearly all are survivors of domestic violence. Staff provides trauma­-informed care and access to safe housing.
Impact Statement
$30,000 places a homeless family in permanent housing.
Methodology
House of Ruth collected data on outcomes of participants after the program. To estimate the change attributable to the program, House of Ruth made an educated guess as to how participants would have fared without the program.
Data Source
House of Ruth tracks the destination of families who exit the program. Statistics on the number of families served and the number who exited to permanent housing in 2017­-18 comes from administrative data.
Attribution Method
From 2017­-2018, the number of homeless families in D.C. dropped 21%. House of Ruth assumes, based on this data, that at least 79% of families they serve would not have found permanent housing without their services.
Details
This report was created by House of Ruth with self­-reported data using ImpactMatters' impact reporting platform. This report covers July 2017 to June 2018.
This impact information is current as of March 2019, when it was provided to us by ImpactMatters. At this time, Impact information published on this organization's page has no effect on its rating per our methodology.

Financial

three stars

87.50

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 09/03/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.
Overall Rating Chart
  Program Expenses
(Percent of the charity's total expenses spent on the programs
and services it delivers)
86.3%
  Administrative Expenses 6.9%
  Fundraising Expenses 6.7%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.06
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.29
  Program Expenses Growth -5.0%
  Liabilities to Assets 5.5%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by House of Ruth, Washington, D.C. on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by House of Ruth, Washington, D.C. on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
House of Ruth, Washington, D.C. (DC) 90.71 four stars
OUR HOUSE Grief Support Center (CA) 90.85 four stars
Mercy Center (NJ) 87.64 three stars
Triangle Family Services (NC) 89.78 three stars
Benevilla (AZ) 89.35 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $4,539,019
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $4,237,786
Total Contributions $8,776,805
   Program Service Revenue $87,077
Total Primary Revenue $8,863,882
   Other Revenue $1,518,836
TOTAL REVENUE $10,382,718
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $6,771,525
   Administrative Expenses $346,309
   Fundraising Expenses $475,744
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $7,593,578
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $2,789,140
   
Net Assets $10,768,178

Program names and associated costs are listed for the top programs as reported on the charity's most recently filed Form 990. The top programs displayed will include the largest three programs, or those programs covering at least 60% of the charity's total expenses, whichever comes first.

Program Name Amount Spent % of Program Expenses
Housing & Services - Families $2,575,687 38.0%
Community Based Services $2,249,290 33.2%
Housing & Services - Women $1,946,548 28.7%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-06 09/03/2019 90.71 four stars
2017-06 12/01/2018 89.02 three stars
2016-06 02/01/2018 88.39 three stars
2015-06 08/01/2017 91.63 four stars
2015-06 12/01/2016 92.15 four stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 93.08 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 12/01/2015 87.46 three stars
2014-06 11/01/2015 85.52 three stars
2013-06 10/01/2014 90.16 four stars
2012-06 08/01/2013 90.11 four stars
2011-06 05/01/2012 90.80 four stars
2010-06 09/20/2011 89.90 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2010-06 05/01/2011 85.54 three stars
2009-06 07/01/2010 85.71 three stars
2008-06 07/01/2009 87.44 three stars
2007-06 05/01/2008 88.87 three stars
2006-06 05/01/2007 85.45 three stars
2005-06 05/01/2006 83.23 three stars
2004-06 05/01/2005 80.21 three stars
2003-06 12/01/2004 88.91 three stars

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 52-1054102
Name in IRS Master File HOUSE OF RUTH
NTEE Code L41
NTEE Classification Homeless, Temporary Shelter For
NTEE Type Housing, Shelter
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (560) Supplying money, goods or services to the poor
(566) Job training, counseling, or assistance
Foundation Status Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
Deductibility Contributions are deductible
Affiliation Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations).
Group Name [Not Applicable]
Ruling Date February, 1976
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End June
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
  • June, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$157,184 2.06% Sandra Jackson Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
House of Ruth, Washington, D.C. (DC) 90.71 four stars
Kidworks (CA) 88.21 three stars
Nurses for Newborns (MO) 86.06 three stars
COA Youth & Family Centers (WI) 98.69 four stars
Family Resource Center Association (CO) 96.66 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

House of Ruth, Washington, D.C.
Five Thomas Circle, NW
Washington, DC 20005
tel: (202) 667-7001
fax: (202) 667-7047
EIN: 52-1054102

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Board Leadership

Diane Lewis
Chair

CEO

Sandra Jackson
Executive Director

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