‘The house has become a home.’ Shelton nonprofit aims to uplift single mothers with community housing

Ruth’s House is a nonprofit and faith-based organization that aims to support struggling single mothers by inviting them and their children to live in a group home while they get back on their feet.

Angelica Toruno and Robyn Karashik

Mar 9, 2024, 11:24 PM

Updated 45 days ago

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Ruth’s House is a nonprofit and faith-based organization that aims to support struggling single mothers by inviting them and their children to live in a group home while they get back on their feet.
Founder Jeanne Korman has been paving the path for these women to find structure in not only their parenting, but in their home lives as well.
"In one week, I had three single moms in my path. Two of them were in danger of losing their homes,” Korman said.
Korman knows firsthand the struggles these women have, as she raised her five children as a single mother. She said the organization felt like her calling – she thought her own story could give other single moms some hope to cling onto. That’s when she came up with the idea for the nonprofit and enlisted the help of Toni Pensiero, executive director of Ruth's House.
They bought a duplex and began construction to make it more accessible for family-style living.
"They're going to come here, they're going to be loved on,” Korman said. “They're going to gain life skills so that they can be independent… they can care for their children well and change the trajectory of their story.”
"I'm overwhelmed with what's been done and the amount of sweat and endurance that people have provided,” Pensiero said. "The house has become a home.”
They said turning it into a home hasn't been an easy project – that’s why they’re asking for a helping hand from the community.
"Whether it’s a table or a bed but most important, we need financial support... to help us stay open once we open,” Pensiero said.
For more information or to get involved, you can head to their website.


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