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Supportive Housing Programs

Ruth's HouseWe believe everyone deserves safe, permanent housing, so we offer:

  • Emergency/transitional shelter for women and families in the Rice County area.

Transitional Shelter (On-campus)

Our transitional shelter in Faribault has up to 9 family units available on campus at one time. The program is designed to create space and time for healing for 6 months up to 2 years, with extensions possible under a case manager’s discretion.

Basic Needs Are Met

  • Food and basic necessities such as clothing, household items, diapers and personal care supplies are provided.
  • Residents share in the cooking and other household tasks and are encouraged to make healthy choices and establish healthy boundaries.

Supportive, Goal-setting Environment

  • Families have access to 24-hour support from trained staff and volunteers.
  • Residents meet weekly with a case manager to assess needs,  set goals for self-sufficiency, address barriers, celebrate successes and provide crisis intervention.
  • Weekly life skills education classes, such as parenting, stress management, self-care and healthy communication are offered at the shelter, with childcare provided.

Learning Center

The Learning Center, new in 2016, is a dedicated space for the children and mothers at Ruth’s House to learn and grow together. The Learning Center’s activities and games:

  • Promote healthy development and life skills for children and their parents.
  • Encourage family bonding.
  • Increase children’s chance of educational success and future stability.
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Employment and Education

Ruth’s House strives to support individuals in achieving economic self-sufficiency through learning and skill development. Residents in both of our supportive housing programs are encouraged to seek employment and/or education.

We have a strong tradition of residents earning GED certificates, succeeding in college and vocational courses, and achieving gainful employment during their time at Ruth’s House.