Congratulations to the House of Ruth which celebrated its 20th anniversary on Sunday, September 16.  House of Ruth staff, Board members, volunteers, and donors help strengthen lives for more than 1,300 people, including nearly 400 children, and 700 households each year. They do this by housing those infected or affected by HIV/AIDS, as well as providing assistance with other basic needs – food, rent, utilities, bus tickets, and prescriptions. Additionally, House of Ruth offers case management, life skills workshops, social events, substance abuse treatment, and activities geared specifically to children.

During the 20th anniversary celebration of the House of Ruth, the founders were recognized – SCNs Sharon Gray, Rebecca Miles, Betty Blandford and Marilyn Spink (dec.) and Sharon Cook, Sharan Benton, Anne Bindner and Liz Bindner (dec).

The board also gave an award to Julie Driscoll, SCN, who served as the first formally appointed Executive Director.

Prior to that, Sharon Cook was the board member who served as coordinator, contacting the women, arranging housing and communicating with other HIV/AIDS organizations. The House of Ruth award in the future will be known as the Sister Julie Driscoll award. Congratulations to the founders and to Sister Julie.

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