September, 2021
House of Ruth Happenings!
September Is
Suicide Prevention Month

Everyone can relate to having an occasional "bad day" filled with stress, anxiety, fear, or sadness. To alleviate these feelings, we may seek support from family or friends and indulge in fun, relaxing activities to lift our spirits and get through the difficult times. However, when someone is in an abusive relationship, home may not be a safe, supportive environment, adding to overwhelming feelings of hopelessness.

According to the National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI), suicide is the second leading cause of death among people aged 10-34 and the tenth leading cause of death overall in the U.S. Additionally, children and youth exposed to domestic violence, were consistently twice as likely as their non-exposed peers to have at least one suicide attempt and a greater risk of dying by suicide by the age of 20.

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and the goal is to destigmatize conversations about suicide, spread education, awareness and prevention.

Know the warning signs of suicide:
  • Increased alcohol and drug use.
  • Aggressive behavior.
  • Withdrawal from friends, family and community.
  • Dramatic mood swings.
  • Impulsive or reckless behavior.
  • Collecting and saving pills or buying a weapon.
  • Giving away possessions.
  • Tying up loose ends, like organizing personal papers or paying off debts.
  • Saying goodbye to friends and family.

Risk Factors
  • A family history of suicide.
  • Substance use - Drugs can create mental highs and lows that worsen suicidal thoughts.
  • Intoxication - More than 1 in 3 people who die from suicide are under the influence of alcohol at the time of death.
  • Access to firearms.
  • A serious or chronic medical illness.
  • Gender - Although more women than men attempt suicide, men are nearly 4x more likely to die by suicide.
  • A history of trauma or abuse.
  • Prolonged stress.
  • A recent tragedy or loss.

Safety Plan
  • Know the person's general information, families contact information, mental health, medical history, and medications.
  • List of things of what might help the person.
  • If you or someone you know is in an emergency call 911 immediately.
  • If you or a loved one is having suicidal thoughts call The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or call 911 immediately.

For more information on suicide prevention please visit Nami at the link below.
Free To Be Me Workshops

The House of Ruth Prevention team will be launching the Free to Be Me Self-Esteem Building Workshops for children ages 7-12 beginning on Monday, September 20, 2021. Workshops will take place every third Monday of the month from 4-5 p.m.

Participants will discuss mental health struggles, resources and how to reach out for help when in need.

For more information or to register, please email Elyse at:
eseverson@houseofruthinc.org
Walgreens Donation Program
 
We’re participating in the myWalgreens donation program! You can donate your myWalgreens cash rewards to House of Ruth through 11/30/21.
 
At Walgreens, you’ll earn unlimited 1% Walgreens Cash rewards when you shop and can choose how much to donate. It’s that easy. Whether you’d like to contribute $1, $5, or more of your Walgreens Cash rewards you’ll be making a big difference. It really adds up!
 
To learn more about the myWalgreens program visit: walgreens.com/mywalgreens

Upcoming House of Ruth Events

Tacos & Brews

What: Join us for some delicious food, drinks, opportunity drawing, and entertainment at House of Ruth's annual Tacos & Brews fundraiser. Proceeds raised will benefit House of Ruth.
 
When: September 28, 2021 from 5-9 p.m.
 
Where: Last Name Brewing located at, 2120 Porterfield Way Upland , CA. 91786.

Tickets: To purchase tickets clink on the link below.
Lift Your Voices Crowdfunding Campaign
 
What: Support House of Ruth's Lift Your Voices crowdfunding campaign to ignite public awareness and broaden conversations on domestic violence prevention in the community. While raising funds for House of Ruth.
 
When: October 1-31, 2021
 
Where: Virtually
 
How: Stay tuned for more information.
 
 
Annual Candlelight Vigil
 
What: October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and House of Ruth will be hosting our Annual Candlelight Vigil in remembrance of those who've lost their lives to domestic violence and celebrating survivors living free from abuse.
 
When: October 14, 2021
 
Where: Virtually on House of Ruth social media channels and website.
 


Immediate Client and Shelter Needs!
 
We need your help with the following brand new items:
 
  • Twin size bedding
  • Pillows
  • Bath Towels
  • Reusable water bottles
  • 24-28 inch Smart T.V.'S with wall mounts. (10-15 total T.V.'s) with built in DVD players.
  • Folding chairs
  • Folding tables
  • Fast Food gift cards
  • DVD Players
  • Baby monitors
  • Planners
  • Diaper Genie
  • Water toys
  • Children ride on toys
  • Journals
  • Small white boards
  • Kitchen towels
  • Cookware/bakeware
  • Cutlery
  • BBQ grill
  • Microwaves
 
For more information or to schedule a donation drop off, please email Sabrina Almaraz salmaraz.houseofruthinc.org or Rhonda Beltran at rbeltran@houseofruthinc.org. Thank you for your support.
 
** Please Note: We are currently not accepting gently used items at this time. All gently used items can be donated directly to, Acts Thrift Store, 232 E Foothill Blvd Pomona CA., 909-491-3199. House of Ruth will receive store credit that can be used by House of Ruth clients. Just let them know House of Ruth referred you.