Ruth's House


Repair Updates

Thanks to your generosity many of the most needed repairs were completed from the funds raised in the “Fund a Need” portion of the 2017 Hearts Gala. Our over 100 year-old house is looking better but much remains to be done. Still on the short list are:

  • Replacement windows (for safety and energy-efficiency)
  • Flooring for all three floors (worn carpet throughout the house from years of wear)
  • Doors for the front and side entrances (for safety and energy-efficiency)
  • Third floor bathroom renovation
photo of new roof and landscaping

The BIG Repair–The Roof Replaced

With the money raised under “Fund a Need” at the 2017 Ruth’s House Gala we were finally able to replace our aging and leaking roof. Every roof area on the house was replaced–main roof, front porch roof, side portico roof, and the flat roof sections. Enjoy the “drone” view of the new roof and landscaping! What you can’t see in the photo is the new roof on the children’s playhouse–a project completed by some of our loyal volunteers.


Gutter Helmet

New Gutters with Gutter Helmet Guards

Once the new roof was in place all of the gutters were replaced and fitted with Gutter Helmet guards. This improvement should keep water away from the foundation (along with the new landscaping). The Gutter Helmet guards minimize the need for cleaning the gutters on the house, many of which are nearly four stories from ground level.

New Landscaping

New Walkway and Landscaping

Our new walkway and new landscaping will help keep our basement dry and for a house that is over 100 years-old we really need to protect our foundation.

Third Floor Paint

Repainted Third Floor Commons Room
Volunteers repainted the 3rd floor commons room, which suffered damage from the leaking roof. Several areas of the ceiling had to be repaired before the bright paint was applied. Along with the living room on the main floor this room is used by our families to relax and play together beyond the confines of the room each family is allotted for their personal items.


2nd floor bathroom photo

Renovated Second Floor Bathroom

No more plywood over the hole in the floor of the missing toilet! Now the residents of the second floor share a gleaming new bathroom with a tub/shower combination (previous bathroom did not have a tub), two working toilets, a shower stall, and a spacious new vanity. That’s two bathrooms done and one to go. The bathroom on the third floor shared by several families is still on the list of needed repairs.

Fire sprinkler head photo

New Sprinkler Heads 

Updates to the house focused on safety needs too. ALL of the fire sprinkler heads on ALL four floors of the house were replaced and checked.

light bulb photo

Updated Lighting on the Third Floor

When you climb the steps to the Third Floor you emerge in the Big Commons Room. From it several doors open into bedrooms for a few of our families and into the single bathroom on that floor (tub, sink, toilet). The only natural light in the Commons Room enters through the window in the emergency exit door so it was important to brighten up this space with safe, permanent lighting.

electrical wiring photo

Updated Wiring

The budget did not allow rewiring the whole house so we prioritized sections on the second and third floors that needed it most.