Ruth's House



We love our volunteers!

For the security of our residents, all volunteers who help at our facilities are required to complete a background check. To become a volunteer, please fill out our Volunteer Application Form and return it to Ruth’s House staff.

Volunteer Application Form

Our volunteers make our work possible. Check out our Volunteer Spotlight to read about a person or group who has really made a difference for Ruth’s House!

Volunteer Spotlight

Ruth’s House would love to have you or your group volunteer with us. Our ability to offer help and hope is made possible by the contributions of our many volunteers, who together give about 4,000 hours each year to support our work and our residents.

Current Volunteer Opportunities

  • Childcare Volunteers  Come play with the kids while their moms attend weekly meetings and classes. Short shifts available Wednesday evenings, once a month on Sunday afternoons, and  Monday evenings from 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
  • Front Desk Receptionist – Love helping others and have availability during weekdays? We are looking for front desk receptionists to help out at the shelter answering doors and phones and logging donations.
  • Contractor  or Handy Person – We are looking for contractors to help with needed repairs at the shelter for a variety of projects. Know how to fix a bicycle or lay tile or install carpet? Help with lawn care or landscaping? Consider volunteering at Ruth’s House.
  • Graphic Design – Have graphic design skills, or technical know-how? We could always use your help!

Thank you and please stay posted each week for ways you can offer support!

Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities

  • *Ruth’s House has many opportunities for student internships, service learning groups, job-shadowing and volunteer hours.  We welcome you to contact us about an opportunity that fits your interests!
  • Standing Committee Volunteers: Building Committee, Fundraising Committee, and Gala Committee.
  • *Provide child care for residents who are working or attending classes.
  • *Provide transportation to help residents get to appointments.
  • Graphic Design or IT Support  Help with the design of our four-page newsletter, with flyers for our fundraisers, or with miscellaneous marketing materials.
  • Handyperson for odd jobs that we can call to help with little projects like checking bike tires, replacing faucet washers, etc.

Get Involved

For information regarding volunteer opportunities please contact Suzzanne at or call 507-334-5043.


Volunteer Spotlight

Melissa Miska

volunteer of the month photo

This month, we want to spotlight our volunteer Melissa. Melissa has been an incredible asset to our Outreach Office. She helps us with a variety of projects and work, including preparing for our upcoming Hearts Gala. We are incredibly blessed to have her help!

Melissa says:
"My name is Melissa Miska. I live in Waterville, MN with my husband of 20 years. Joe and I have one son named Jesse and five beautiful grandbabies! 3 boys and 2 girls all under the age of 7! I enjoy spending time with my family and helping out in my church. My hobbies are reading, writing stories & poetry, all kinds of crafts, and acrylic painting.

I am very passionate about my faith and helping people where I can. I first learned about Ruth’s house when my Ladies Bible Study group volunteered to make some meals for the residents. Then my sister, Casi Cross, started working in the office.

Volunteering at Ruth”s House has a personal aspect for me. There was a time when I was 13 that I became homeless myself. After my adopted mother passed away my older brother and I were homeless for a few months. It was a very frightening and unsettling time in my life and my heart goes out to the women and children that experience this.

Volunteering at Ruth’s house lets me play a little part in helping others who find themselves in a similar situation."

Past Volunteers

Other Ways to Help

In addition to volunteering your time and talents, you can help Ruth’s House in many other ways:

  • Donate house supplies (current list available here and published periodically in the Faribault Daily News and Northfield News).
  • Attend our annual Hearts Gala on February 8, 2020, and consider making a donation to the silent, live and dessert auctions.
  • Pray and meditate for the mission of Ruth’s House and the well-being of the families we serve.
  • You can always make a difference with a financial contribution.