Our History

Los Angeles House of Ruth was founded in 1978 through a joint effort between the Los Angeles Catholic Worker, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, and several other women’s organizations to serve homeless women and children. In that time, we have grown from a four-bed transitional shelter to four houses in one neighborhood of Boyle Heights with 80 beds, serving over 180 women and children each year. Our shelter programs include on-site services of meals, mental health counseling, medical health referrals, crisis intervention, life skills training, case management, childcare, and other vital support services. In 36 years of service, we have provided shelter to over 4,000 women and children, achieved a 90% annual success rate placing families into permanent housing, and a 95% rate keeping them there long-term.

We serve battered and homeless single mothers and their children by providing them with a safe and secure place to heal and supportive services to help them secure permanent housing. Our goal is to provide effective services to ensure that our families can overcome barriers to self-sufficiency, and maintain that self-sufficiency for the long term. We help our families achieve permanency and self-sufficiency through the following services, which are provided on an ongoing basis at our shelter locations in the greater Los Angeles area:

Case management Emergency shelter
Child care Crisis intervention
Education planning & placement Counseling & therapy
Health screening & education Transitional housing
Emergency shelter Social service referrals
Transportation Welfare advocacy
Goal setting Parenting training

Life skills training:
Parenting, Money Management, Goal Setting, Nutrition & Cooking Skills, Clothing, Furniture & apartment set up for permanent housing.

Permanent housing placement & move-in assistance.