House of Ruth

About Us

House of Ruth is named in memory of Eaton County School Social Worker, Ruth Rypstra, who spent many years working to create high quality housing options for people with disabilities.

In 1993, parents began meeting to discuss building a  home in the community. They quickly learned that many obstacles stood in the way.

Then in 1997, Peckham, Inc. joined with the parents and provided the experience and manpower needed to make this dream come true. 

Soon the House of Ruth (a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization) was established; a HUD grant was received; and a critical partnership was formed with Community Mental Health Authority of Clinton Eaton and Ingham (CMH-CEI).  

House of Ruth completed in May 2000. Parents of the men living in the House of Ruth remain closely involved with the planning and operation of the home.

Board of Directors

  • Kathleen Cook
  • James Dexter
  • Mary Drew
  • Maria Peak
  • Carol Ranville
  • William Rinckey
  • Elizabeth Siler
  • Jo Sinha
House of Ruth is a caring, family-style home for six Eaton County men who have developmental disabilities.  All are productive members of the community through employment or attendance in educational programs. 

The home is a collaborative effort between House of Ruth Board, Peckham and Community Mental Health Authority of Clinton Eaton and Ingham (CMH-CEI). The House of Ruth receives funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and CMH.

The men enjoy shopping, recreational, and social outings in Charlotte and each man receives the support needed to enjoy a safe, active, and rewarding life.


The future of the House of Ruth depends upon continued support from our friends. To join us in supporting House of Ruth, print this form and mail to us at the House of Ruth. It's simple, may be tax-deductible, and is greatly appreciated!

100% of your donations support the men of the House of Ruth.


Melissa Cummings
Vocational Services Assistant Manager

House of Ruth, Charlotte, MI
517.541.2734 | Fax 517.541.2735


Other Activities

  • Special Olympics (Summer,    Winter, Bowling)
  • Sporting Events (Lugnut Games, Pistons, Tigers, Lions)
  • Eaton County sporting events
  • Eaton County Adult program
  • CPAC
  • Eagles of Charlotte
  • Higgins Lake
  • Eric "RicStar" Winter Music Therapy Camp


House of Ruth strives to be a valuable and contributing member to our community. Many people and organizations in Charlotte have supported House of Ruth over the years. The men of the House of Ruth are involved with these organizations on a daily, weekly, and/or monthly basis.


Peckham 945 Reynolds Road, Charlotte, MI 48813

Charlotte Area Recycling Center
201 Hall St. Charlotte, MI 48813

Charlotte Performing Arts Center
378 State Street, Charlotte, MI 48813

Eaton County Adult Program
1790 E. Packard Hwy., Charlotte, MI 48813

116 Lansing Street, Charlotte, MI 48813


1780 Lansing Road, Charlotte, MI 48813