Ruth House in Superior is in need of roughly 15 cots as well as sleeping bags and blankets for its overnight warming center, which opens when the temperature drops lower than 30 degrees Fahrenheit.
With the return of fall weather, the nonprofit ministry is also in need of hand warmers, gloves, mittens and winter boots for the homeless population it serves.
Ruth House, which operates under the umbrella of Walking Victorious Ministries, opened in December 2018 in a two-bedroom home at 1901 N. 12th St. The ministry doubled its space when it moved to its current location, a vacant church building at 632 Grand Ave., in October 2019.
Run by volunteers, Ruth House offers help with job and housing searches, resume writing, crisis navigation, finding treatment, obtaining a GED and more. Those experiencing homelessness can drop by daily to take a shower and do a load of laundry. The group's mission is to provide a safe, sober environment that promotes empowerment and healing.
The ministry also offers a housing program that focuses on helping people find employment and make the transition to apartments of their own. Jack Swonger, pastor with Walking Victorious Ministries, said eight people have successfully moved forward through the program.
The ministry is poised to expand to additional facilities in Burnett and Washburn counties this fall, Swonger said. Those Ruth Houses will remain under the umbrella of Walking Victorious Ministries, he said, “until they get their feet under them.”
Labor Day meal
Ruth House volunteers will be serving hotdogs and nachos in Duluth and Superior on Labor Day. The food will be available Monday, Sept. 7 from noon to 2 p.m. at CHUM in Duluth and 4-6 p.m. at Ruth House in Superior.