The Russell House
The Russell House, located in Rolla Missouri, helps victims of domestic and sexual violence by providing a safe place and services that repair and rebuild lives. The organization employs 13 full-time and 5 part-time employees. It has provided a safe place for women and children from many states. If you do not live in the Rolla area they will help you find a safe place.
It was founded over twenty years ago when a local physician, Dr. Russell, saw the need. In the beginning, they didn’t even have a house, property to put a house on, or the funds to help even one battered woman. They just saw this incredible need and acted on it. The first “Russell House” was donated to them and had to be moved across town on a flat-bed truck to a small piece of donated land. The Executive Director shared with us the story of the move and how they spent days patching the cracked stucco on that small house. From that point until now, The Russell House has grown into a facility with over seventy beds.
During 2011, The Russell House sheltered 117 adults and 89 children, provided advocacy and outreach services to close to 800 adults, held over 380 prevention presentations seen by over 7,500 students, and responded to over 950 domestic or sexual violence calls.
None of this could have happened without the support of their donors, volunteers, and their passionate staff and board. Please help them continue to provide these critical services that save lives and to prevent violence for generations to come.
-Marion Ruthig, Executive Director
The Russell House has various services to help victims of domestic violence including:
|Russell House Shelter||Adult & Teen Children Counseling|
|Educational Groups||Children’s Program|
|Hospital and Court Advocacy||Veracity Batterer Intervention|
|Volunteer Program||Crisis Services|
|Violence Prevention||Outreach Services|
The victimization process is a three stage progression. If you or someone you know might is being victimized, please seek help. The Russell House can direct you to help in your area!
How do I get involved with the Russell House?
Goods & Services Needed
Women and children often come to the shelter from the hospital or police station with the only the clothes upon their backs.
The following goods are currently needed:
- Used Furniture (beds, tables, chairs)
- Women’s and children’s winter coats
- School supplies (needed all school season)
- All types of women’s and children’s clothing
Items may be mailed to: P.O. Box 2259, Rolla, MO 65402 (Although this is a PO Box, packages are accepted)
Angela Drier is the Volunteer Coordinator with the Russell house. She helps arrange and coordinate more than 180 volunteer hours per month. Volunteer opportunities consist of items such as:
- Shelter relief
- Direct services
- Crisis lines coverage
Training is provided so that volunteers are prepared.
Please help the Russell House continue to help victims of domestic violence and provide education to help prevent or break the cycle of violence. Every dollar really does make a difference.