PHOTOS: Walk Held To Benefit Ruth’s Place
The 11th annual ‘Walk for Hope’ was held Sunday in Wilkes-Barre. The awareness walk and fundraiser benefits Ruth’s Place Women’s Shelter, a program of Volunteers of America.
Hundreds came out for the walk, which celebrated the shelter’s history with route markers that marked the shelter’s progression from a seasonal overnight program to a 24/7, full-service facility. The route also went past the many sites that women experiencing homelessness rely on to get by, including Volunteers of America’s main office, the Salvation Army, Community Counseling Services, Catholic Social Services, St. Vincent de Paul Kitchen, Luzerne County Mental Health and Developmental Services, the United Way of Wyoming Valley and Luzerne-Wyoming D&A Counseling. The event concluded with food, music, activities and a basket raffle.
Ruth’s Place is the only emergency homeless shelter for single women in Luzerne County. In addition to providing shelter 24/7, Ruth’s Place also gives women access to on site case management, outreach, and counseling designed to address the causes of homelessness and move homeless women into permanent housing. The shelter has housed over 2,000 women since its creation in 2003 and has provided over 40,000 nights of lodging. Ruth’s Place was founded by the Methodist Urban Ministry in 2003. It operated as Ruth’s Place: House of Hope, Inc. from 2008 to 2013. In July of 2013, Ruth’s Place merged with Volunteers of America of Pennsylvania.