House of Ruth
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. 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.