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Toolkit Helps Agencies Build Children's Programs

1/21/2005:   Domestic violence programs in their infancy can learn a few lessons about what it takes to build a successful program with the help of a "toolkit" compiled by the House of Ruth Maryland.

The House of Ruth Maryland is distributing the "Children’s Program Toolkit" as a way to share the story of their success as a safe haven for victims of domestic violence and children, and to serve as a guide for other agencies or future agencies. The written manual contains a range of information, including a sample organizational chart and job descriptions, guidelines and rules for volunteers, procedures for confidential cases, discipline policies, examples of therapeutic and mental health services, a quality assurance plan, a program evaluation plan, and sample parent/child satisfaction exit surveys.

The House of Ruth Maryland was founded by a coalition of women's organizations, religious groups, elected officals, and service providers in 1977. In the past five years, the House of Ruth Maryland has assisted more than 800 children. "Everyday, our children's services enable us to help prepare the youngest victims of violence to be productive individuals, students, and members of our community," says Carole Alexander, Executive Director of the House of Ruth Maryland.

The Children's Program Toolkit is downloadable at www.hruth.org, or for more information, contact the House of Ruth Maryland at 410-889-0840.

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