Where We Serve

The House of Ruth Maryland leads the fight to end violence against women and their children by confronting the attitudes, behaviors and systems that perpetuate it, and by providing victims with the services necessary to rebuild their lives safely and free of fear.
House of Ruth Maryland was founded in May of 1977 by a coalition of women’s organizations, religious groups, service providers, and elected officials to provide a safe haven for victims of domestic violence and their children. In November of 1977 we opened Baltimore’s first crisis shelter for these victims in a row house on North Calvert Street. The shelter was staffed by one paid staffed person and a voluntary Board of Directors.

In November 1998 a new 84-bed shelter and 6 apartment transitional housing, featuring expanded services and programs, opened. The new shelter has a holistic health and wellness program, including an on-site health clinic staffed by the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing.
Today, House of Ruth Maryland is recognized as one of the nation’s most comprehensive domestic violence centers and has a staff of more than ninety. Chicktime Columbia is proud to call House of Ruth our charity partner!




Current Needs:
Gift cards – Walmart, Target, Grocery Stores (GIant, Safeway, Shoppers) and AmazonFood for our food pantry, non-perishable, non-expired food items – rice, pasta, canned vegetables & beans, peanut butter, tuna fish, cereal, granola bars are some high use items
Diapers sizes 4, 5 and 6, all size pull ups
NEW wash cloths
Wire Hair Brushes
New pillows
New twin-size blankets, comforters, and sheet sets
New air mattresses
Hair care products (shampoo, conditioner, etc) for all racial groups.
Baby wipes
Pampers sizes 3, 4, 5 and 6, Pull-ups sizes 4T, 5T and 6T
Crib sheets for small cribs and cots, Crib sheets that fit mattresses sized 23 3/8 x 37 1/4 (not standard size)
NEW Infant and Toddler Sleepwear
Swim diapers
Baby lotion, baby cornstarch powder, diapering cream Baby formula, baby food (stages 2 and 3), baby cereal baby snacks
Individually wrapped snacks and juice boxes for children coming to therapy after school
Baby bottles 8 to 9 oz., pacifiers, aspirators, thermometers, baby Tylenol and Motrin
New High chairs
New convertible car seats only (no used)
Day planners/calendars
School uniforms (khaki pants and dark polo shirts)
loose-leaf paper
pocket folders
subject dividers
pencil boxes
colored pencils
glue sticks/bottle glue
round-tipped scissors
construction paper
hand sanitizer
boxes of tissues
all kinds and sizes of book bags
index cards
paper reinforcers
play dough
tissue paper
all kinds of flash cards for preschoolers and elementary grades
Infant & toddler toys: play mats, rattles, baby mirrors, stacking cups and boxes, Jack in the boxes, Lego Duplo, Fisher-Price Learning Toys, nesting blocks
Multi-cultural doll house families
Multi-cultural baby dolls
Lego sets for ages 6 and older, “Friends” Legos
Dress up clothes for young children, i.e. doctor, fireman, vet, etc.Water play and sand tables for child care4 seat original
Bye- bye Buggy
Disney Princess toys
My Little Pony and Littlest Pet Shop Toys, Tea Party Sets
Hello Kitty Toys
Dora the Explorer Toys
Kitchen Toy Food
Poster board and construction paper (multi-colored)
Finger paint and finger paint paper
Arts and craft materials such as: glitter and fabric glue, glue sticks, puff balls, feathers, pipe cleaners, liquid glue, star stickers, stickers, colored duct tape, scissors, glitter, etc.
Art & craft kits
Gel pens & Washable markers
New socks and undergarments for women and children (all sizes)NEW undershirts sizes 24 months to 36 months
NEW umbrellas
New Sleepwear for adults and children
New clothing, shoes, and accessories for women and children
Bathing suits for children
Toothpaste (3oz and 4oz tubes), toothbrushes, toiletries (full size)
Women’s hair brushes
Tweezers and nail clippers
Sanitary Products (Pads and Tampons), Deodorant, Bar Soap
New Twin size sheets
New twin size blankets
New twin size comforters
New bed pillows
Laundry baskets
New Bath towels and wash cloths
Gift Cards: Gas, Wal-Mart, Target, Safeway, Giant, etc.
Flea collars
Puppy pads
Family oriented DVDs
Rolling racks for clothing
Child and Adult passes to: movies, Zoo, Aquarium, Port Discovery, Science Center, sporting events
Non-perishable food (i.e., peanut butter and jelly, tuna, cereal, pasta, granola bars, juice boxes, etc.)Pots for plants about 4 inches in diameter
8.5 x 11 Frames
Day planners and calendars
Transparent tape, dispensers
Journals, ink pens
Adult size scissors,White 8 1/2 x 11 copy paper
Masking tape
New Vacuum cleaners
Toilet paper, Cleaning supplies, Laundry Detergent, Paper products (plates, cups, napkins)
Plastic storage containers with lids – small, medium and large sizes
Humidifiers, oscillating floor fans
New household items: plates, glasses, flatware, pots & pans, toasters, crock pots


If you would like to donate any of these items, please call the office at 410-554-8449 or visit them online at hruth.org today!