Haverhill, MA (JANUARY 24, 2020) – Ruth’s House is excited to be awarded a $10,750 grant from the Griffin-White Foundation to help the indigent elderly and others live more comfortable, dignified lives. In Haverhill, 12% of the population are seniors and 25% of Haverhill senior households have an annual income of less than $20,000. The Griffin-White Foundation grant supports several elder based programs, including:

  • Elder Coat Program — In the past year, Ruth’s House provided more than 200 coats, winter gloves, hats and scarves to seniors to keep warm during the winter months. The minimum age of this program has been lowered from 55 to 50, due to the need in the community.
  • Seniors and Families are also eligible for a clothing voucher, four times a year, which can be used to purchase warm winter clothing or footwear items.
  • Underwear and socks are considered a basic clothing necessity — more than 100 individuals are given vouchers each month, which translates to more than 7,200 pairs of socks and underwear provided over the course of the year.
  • Job Skills Training Program – for several years, Ruth’s House has had great success with the job skills training program. The Thrift Shop has two seniors working in the job skills training program at this time. The seniors who train at Ruth’s House are eager to learn new skills and benefit from the social interaction that is a part of being employed. In 2020, Ruth’s House will offer this program to additional seniors.

“This grant keeps Merrimack Valley’s seniors warm this winter,” shared Barbara Donegan, President of the Board of Directors of Ruth’s House. “Whether it be the ability to provide the basic necessity of warm winter  clothing or job skills training that keeps our seniors engaged in our communities — we are extremely grateful to the Griffin-White Foundation for supporting our mission of providing for our indigent population.”


Clients are offered wrap-around-services and information about food pantries, food stamps, community meals, heating assistance, housing, and other supportive services.

Haverhill, MA (JANUARY 17, 2020) – Ruth’s House is pleased to announce they have received a $20,000 grant from the George C. Wadleigh Foundation. The Foundation awards grants primarily to organizations caring for indigent seniors and individuals in the Greater Haverhill area.

“In any given one-month period, Ruth’s House provides nearly 16,000 articles of clothing to low income families and individuals,” shared Barbara Donegan, President of the Board of Directors of Ruth’s House. “We are again grateful to the George C. Wadleigh Foundation for supporting Ruth’s House in our mission of providing clothing to those in need, as well as providing job skills training.”

Ruth’s House has been a staple of the city of Haverhill since the organization was founded in 1992. They provide clothing to clients in need with dignity and respect. Haverhill citizens and members of the surrounding communities support the missions by generously donating clothing and household items. The overwhelming generosity of the citizens of the Merrimack Valley allows Ruth’s House to provide clothing vouchers to all who qualify; while also selling clothing and household items in the Thrift Shop which directly supports the missions.

The grant supports the Elderly Coat, Client Clothing, and Child Pajama Programs, among others:

  • Elderly Coat Program — Every qualifying senior age 50 and up receives a new or gently used winter coat, with a hat, scarf, and gloves. Last year we provided over 200 coats and accessories to our elder population.
  • Child Pajama Program — Ruth’s House provides new pajamas to each child in every client family.
  • Underwear and Socks Program — A basic necessity — Ruth’s House provided new socks and underwear to more than 2,400 individuals in 2019 of whom 25% were elderly.
  • Bra Program — Gently used or new bras are offered to women
  • Toiletries —  Toiletries are available to all.

Haverhill Bank Partners with Ruth’s House for a Successful Giving Tuesday

Haverhill Bank once again took a leading role on Giving Tuesday matching the first $1,000 of Giving Tuesday’s donations to Ruth’s House.  “Haverhill Bank has long been a friend of Ruth’s House allowing our team to make a difference to those in need in the Merrimack Valley”, shared President of the Ruth’s House board Barbara Donegan.  “This donation allows us to warmly clothe the children, seniors, families, and veterans in the community — we thank all those that donated and Haverhill Bank for the match!”

Photo: Kimberley Smyly, Ruth’s House Store Manager; Barbara Donegan, Ruth’s House President of the Board of Directors; and Thomas L Mortimer is President/CEO at Haverhill Bank