Video Spotlights Covid-19’s Impact on Homeless Women and Children
Recently Spectrum News 1 covered the devastating impact Covid-19 is having on homeless women and children. During an interview with anchors Melvin Robert and Giselle Fernandez, Sr. Jennifer Gaeta, discusses the many challenges the Los Angeles House of Ruth is facing in trying to help these vulnerable families. Please take a moment to watch the video above and to read Sr. Jennifer’s urgent call to action plea (download by clicking here). Now, more than ever, LAHR and the women and children they serve need your help. Please consider making a donation today.
Facebook Matches Giving Tuesday Donations!
Hi Friends – #GivingTuesday is tomorrow and we are hoping you will support our mission of changing the lives of battered women and their children and share this campaign with your friends! Facebook is matching the first $7 million donations tomorrow — they go fast as international donations and east coast org get the match faster, so the earlier the donation the better.
Our goal is reach $5,000 in one-day donations. You can help us get there.
Click here to donate on facebook and share with your friends too!
Virtual Bingo Night an Overwhelming Success
The results are counted, the checks are deposited and the winnings distributed. Bingo!!
We made $24,605 from our first series of Zoom Bingo games that ran for five Saturday evenings in September and October
Thank you to the 80+ supporters who joined us!
We started out with a Disco themed first night — Saturday Night Fever, the BeeJees, Gloria Gaynor and other familiar sounds. For week two, our theme was “bring your pets,” which we’ll definitely do again. Week three was a surprise hit, with a theme around Fabulous 1940s music. Followed by week four’s timely Octoberfest theme. We wrapped up in week five with the most enjoyable and interesting night of the series as the focus was on “wear your mask!”
Thank you for the additional generous contributions from Sisters of Saint Joseph, Laurie & Gary Morse and Lee Ganey.
Thanks to Cheryl Parker who kept track of the numbers in the chat, and who helped with the technical arrangements. We’re also grateful to Ester Poberezhskaya who helped with calling bingo numbers and setting up the themes.
We will schedule the next series soon, after our silent auction. We’ve had requests to repeat the favorite evenings — bring your pets, music from the 1940s and 1950s, and show off your masks and hats. Now that we’ve ironed out all the kinks with series one, we’re ready for the next one, so stay tuned for more BINGO coming soon!
Los Angeles House of Ruth Summer with Kids
Many of us are feeling the desperation and difficulties of trying to manage kids at home, distance learning and entertaining our families for the summer, but imagine not having a home or space of your own to adjust to this difficult time. In our shelters at Los Angeles House of Ruth, over 20 children are not only learning to deal with living in a shelter environment, but also have been torn away from some of the others constants in their life that have helped them adapt to life’s difficulties — schools, friend groups, afterschool programs — and just being a child in the summer!
Construction of a New 8 Family Domestic Violence Shelter Begins
We are thrilled to announce that construction has begun on a new domestic violence shelter we were able to purchase with funds from The City of Los Angeles Proposition HHH. The building will shelter eight more families as well as provide space for job training. Job training will begin Fall 2019 with a wonderful new Los Angeles House of Ruth (LAHR) partner; someone who has exciting ideas and is eager to work with our mothers!
Fundraising is still underway to fully support and complete this exciting project. Stay tuned for more information or sign up to receive LAHR e-news and stay connected.
Current Challenges and Future Goals
The needs of homeless families are becoming more severe. Mental health and alcohol and drug use is rising among homeless families. More than ever, we need your support as we continue with our mission to serve these families.
We continually strive to strengthen our fundraising efforts so that we can serve our clients better — and to be able to serve more of them. With increased funding, our goal is to acquire additional shelter houses and double the number of families we serve by 2021. Additional funds would also provide what our families need beyond what government funds allow. We would love to be able to take our families on relaxing mental health trips like beach days or yoga and art classes. Trips like this would give a different and positive perspective to life’s problems.
LAHR Needs You!
LAHR needs new sources of funding, private funding sources, additional Board members, corporate donors, and volunteers with strong commitment. LAHR was able to purchase a new shelter house in 2019. This property will be developed into a small permanent supportive apartment building as soon as funding is secured. Another reason we’re working so hard on fundraising and need your help.