In her own words: Stories from The Ruth House
By BENJAMIN ZACK • Standard-Examiner Staff
Standard-Examiner photographer Benjamin Zack documented the lives of four women who stayed in The Ruth House over the course of several months this year. The following are collection of photos and audios from interviews with the women.
It’s hard, but I’m doing it for my kids and myself. I want my kids in my life. I don’t wanna mess up again because my kids do mean a lot, everything, to me. (..) I don’t want them to be like me. I don’t.”
Every woman living at The Ruth House has a story.
Most of those stories are difficult to hear — drugs, jail and burned bridges, squandered opportunities and crushed dreams, failed relationships and lost children, unemployment and suffocating poverty.
But for all their shared history, the women of The Ruth House also have a common theme: Hope.