Special thanks to the NC Council for Women for supporting Ruth's House.


© 2019 Ruby's House

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128 West Main Street 
Washington, NC

(252) 623-2101

Wednesday-Saturday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 
Sunday: 12 p.m.-3 p.m.

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Ruth’s House, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization, is a safe place for victims of domestic violence. We live our faith by:

  • assisting in the interruption of the cycle of family violence and abuse

  • educating the community about the problems of family violence and all it engenders

  • providing family members engaged in domestic violence with non-violent alternatives for dealing with the problem

  • providing shelter and services for the victims of family violence.


Our History

On April 18, 2011, a group of pastors gathered in Washington, NC, to discern how they could unite to make a positive difference in our city. After gathering input from a number of different members of the community and discussing the matter themselves, they agreed that the most pressing need in Beaufort County was a domestic violence shelter. We are acutely aware that North Carolina is in the Top 10 states for domestic violence in the US and that there have been domestic violence-related murders in our own county.

We resolved that our guiding principles, embodied in our bylaws, include being an ecumenical Christian organization (that serves anyone regardless of their faith) that was strongly tied into — and supported by — the community. We agreed to begin as a small, efficient, scrupulous non-profit that would serve Beaufort County.

In August 2011, the steering committee officially handed off the proposed domestic violence shelter to a brand new board. We filed our Articles of Incorporation with the state of North Carolina and pressed ahead with our internal structure and developing a business plan. We are so thankful for the support, encouragement and partnership that we received from the Center for Family Violence Prevention in Greenville as we began fulfilling our goal of opening a home to shelter the victims of domestic violence in Beaufort County.

The founding Ruth’s House board members were Darryl Evans, Jo Lynn Herbert, Tad Tankard, Kevin Johnson, Deborah G. Ryals, Deanne Newmann, Kelly Phillips, Mary Jo Vance, Scott Cullom and John Tate III.

In February 2013, our dream became a reality and Ruth’s House opened the doors of a safe haven. This comfortable home provides a shelter where women and their children can find peace while they begin to rebuild their lives. Surrounded by the latest in high-tech security, Ruth’s House offers a safe refuge for the victims of domestic violence.

We are committed to being good stewards of our donors’ dollars and work diligently to see that every contribution is used appropriately and produces maximum results.

Please contact us directly at ruthshouse@suddenlinkmail.com  for more information.