June, 2021
House of Ruth Happenings!
Additional Barriers LGBTQ+ Domestic Violence Survivors Face
 
Domestic violence is a public health crisis that is often thought of as being perpetrated by men onto women. However domestic violence affects the LGBTQ+ community at the same rate or even higher than heterosexual relationships.

According to the NCADV, 45% of victims do not report the violence they experience to police because they believe it will not help. Transgender people are less likely to seek help for fear of revictimization by the police and our legal system. In a study of male same sex relationships, only 26% of men called the police for assistance after experiencing near lethal violence. 43.8% of lesbian women and 61.1% of bisexual women have experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner.

Additionally, the LGBTQ+ community is faced with added barriers when seeking support and safety from service providers. Here is a list of obstacles LGBTQ + individuals may consider before reaching out for help:

  • Low levels of confidence in the effectiveness of the legal system for LGBTQ+ people. 
  • Lack of appropriate training for domestic violence service providers in supporting LGBTQ+ individuals.
  • LGBTQ+ survivors may be unaware of friendly assistance programs that can help them become safe.
  • Fear of homophobia from law enforcement, staff of service providers, or from other clients/survivors. 
  • Afraid that pronouns will not be respected.
  • Fear that transgender individuals will be denied entry to a shelter due to their gender/genital/legal status. 

Law enforcement, social service providers, and our legal system needs to bridge the gap and provide supportive, efficient, and safe services to the LGBTQ+ community because everyone deserves to feel safe in their own home.
Juneteenth Recognition

This Month the United States has officially recognized Juneteenth National Independence Day, a US federal holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States.

Juneteenth has often been overlooked and omitted from history books and many Americans are still unaware of Juneteenth’s importance.

We acknowledge the significance of this day and continue to strive for more inclusion, diversity and equality for all.


Moveable Feast Recap
 
We are pleased to announce that the Moveable Feast Charity dinner has raised over $23,000 this month. We are thankful to all the hosts who held dinner parties in their homes and provided their guests with a lovely evening.  Additionally, we would like to thank all our corporate sponsors Wescom We Care Foundation and Liz Sanchez from Tommy Austin Florist in Rancho Cucamonga, for providing lovely floral arrangements for the evening. We couldn’t do it without you. Lastly, congratulations to Mi Chi and Gary Jensen, for wining House of Ruth’s Moveable Feast best dinner photo contest. 

Thank you to our hosts, participants, committee members, and sponsors for making this years event a huge success.
Photo Contest Winner
Mi Chi Jensen won a dinner for four at Nuno's Bistro & Bar in Upland. Thank you for supporting this event yearly, we appreciate all you do.
**Winning photo listed above.
Tommy Austin Florist
Thank you Liz Sanchez from Tommy Austin Florist in Rancho Cucamonga for donating your time and talent to create these beautiful floral arrangements for the Moveable Feast. We appreciate you.
Corporate Sponsor
A big shout out to Wescom, We Care Foundation for sponsoring this years virtual Moveable Feast. Thank you!
Immediate Shelter Needs!

We need your help with the following brand new items:

  • Twin size blankets.
  • Full size blankets.
  • 24-28 inch Smart T.V.'S with wall mounts. (10-15 total T.V.'s).
  • Shower curtains, shower curtain liners, and hooks.

For more information or to schedule a donation drop off, please email Rhonda Beltran at rbeltran@houseofruthinc.org. Thank you for your support.