A home for single moms and their children in transition.
Julie was in an abusive relationship for a few years. When she called out of work one day and showed up the next day battered and bruised, her supervisor, Marcella realized that she was in a dangerous situation. Julie was able to spend her first night away from her abusive boyfriend at her supervisor's home. Just a couple days later, Marcella introduced Julie and her 2 year old son, Jayden, to her good friend Jeanne. With Jeanne's heart for women and families to be restored, she opened her home for Julie and Jayden to live with her until she was able to find a more stable living situation. Jeanne and Marcella scheduled weekly meetings with Julie to support her journey. During this time, Julie worked two jobs while completing her Associate's degree in nutrition. Julie also worked hard to accomplish weekly goals, to create a budget, and attend counseling sessions to improve her life and parenting skills. Julie continues to persevere. She has been promoted in the dietary department where she works and is now living with Jayden in an apartment of her own. She plans to continue her education and ultimately work as a Registered Dietician. Because Julie had "support and a plan" she was able to make good choices for her bright future.
I came to Jeanne’s house because of Marcella. I was in an abusive relationship and Marcella told me she had a friend that had a space for me and Jayden to stay in. At first, I was very happy, but it was also stressful. I wasn’t home and I didn’t have a place to call my home. I was under someone else’s roof using their space and their things. That was a little stressful for me especially since I am an only child, I never really had to do that growing up. I also had a lot of unknowns. I didn’t know where the future was taking me because I didn’t know how long I would be there, how long the process would be, when I would find my own place or if I was ever going to find my own place. While at Jeanne’s house they treated me like family. The whole family is wonderful. I couldn’t have asked for a better family to stay with. They really helped to make me who I am today. I was trying to find myself through this whole process and find out who I am as a mother and as a woman in every way possible. I learned how to speak to God more than I did before. I have a lot more confidence in His plan for me. I believe everything happens for a reason and that everything will work out in the end. You just have to have faith. Being with Jeanne definitely helped me grow as a parent. She gave me so many tips and helped me learn to be patient. I learned that not everything lasts forever and that another person is not going to bring me happiness. I have to find happiness within myself and with God of course. I am more confident. I feel like I don’t have to be in a bad relationship anymore. I am so much better than that, and I deserve so much better than that. I now know the signs and what to look for, what’s right and what’s not right. I feel powerful. I feel more prepared for life because now I feel like I have what it takes to raise a child. Whereas before I was so dependent on my ex, I didn’t think I could do it on my own. Now that I have my own place it’s given me confidence and made me realize I really can do it.
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God in His holy dwelling is a father of the fatherless and a champion of widows. God provides homes for those who are deserted.… Psalm 68:5-6a CSB