Your present circumstances don’t determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start – Nido Qubein

“Everything’s very cool here. It’s just like home but without violence and
that’s good. I LOVE THE SHELTER!!”

— 12-year-old House of Ruth Shelter Resident

Our Mission

House of Ruth is dedicated to increasing the safety and well-being of women and children victimized by domestic violence.


1977: House of Ruth began as a volunteer-run domestic violence hotline, which operated from the kitchen table of Claremont Graduate School Student Kathy Hofeller.

1978: After incorporating as a non-profit with a 15-member board, House of Ruth continued to provide a 24-hour hotline, referral services, and crisis intervention counseling. A part-time executive director was hired, and a small office was established in Claremont.

1981: To meet the demand for safety, an 18-bed shelter was opened with the help of a grant from the Ontario Community Foundation. Within 48 hours of opening, the shelter was filled to capacity.

1982: House of Ruth developed a Shelter Children’s Program and increased the annual budget to over $100,000 through increased grants

1983: House of Ruth opened a Pomona Outreach Office to assist non-residential clients.

1987: The agency purchased a 20-bed shelter.

1988: House of Ruth opened a second Outreach Office in Fontana.

1993: House of Ruth opened My Sister’s House, a transitional residence to house women for up to six months. Programs were added to help women with housing and employment needs. A Temporary Restraining Order clinic was opened at the Pomona Court House.

1994: The agency moved the San Bernardino County Outreach Office to Rancho Cucamonga.

1995: A Temporary Restraining Order clinic was opened at the Rancho Cucamonga Court House.

1996: House of Ruth published the Teen Dating Violence Prevention Curriculum. The Shelter began a Toddler Program, and a youth counseling program was started at the Pomona Outreach Office.

1997: House of Ruth opened a Transitional Services Office in Pomona.

1998: House of Ruth purchased and began renovating two buildings to serve as the Emergency Shelter and an expanded Pomona Outreach Office.

1999: The agency moved its San Bernardino County Outreach Office to Ontario.

2000: The current Pomona Outreach Office and a new Shelter were opened. House of Ruth enlarged its residential capacity, greatly increased the number of services provided, enhanced safety and accessibility, and eliminated obstacles to disabled clients. House of Ruth also began its Montclair Prevention Project to provide education and prevention to K-12 classrooms in the Ontario-Montclair School District.

2002: Thanks to a successful $3 million capital campaign, the agency retired the mortgages on the new facilities.

2005: House of Ruth broadened its scope with The Child Abuse Treatment Program (CHAT), providing no-cost counseling and case management services to children from birth to 18 years of age who have experienced abuse, neglect or violence in their homes, schools or communities.

2007: Domestic violence tool kits for faith-based communities were developed and distributed. Futuro Now, which serves approximately 60 faith-based and multicultural non-profit family-oriented communities in Southern California, began using House of Ruth as their domestic violence consultants for their healthy marriage initiative.

2008: An innovative form of family therapy called Parent-Child Intervention Therapy is (PCIT) incorporated into the counseling program, providing intensive focus on improving the interaction between caregivers and children through the use of coached play techniques.

2009: House of Ruth received funding to hire an employment specialist and to provide rental subsidies for its Transitional Living clients.

Today the House of Ruth, Inc. is a comprehensive domestic violence center with a staff of more than 40 and an active volunteer program. Our voluntary leadership consists of an 18-member Board of Directors.