The House of Ruth is a project of the Whole Family Community Initiative, Inc.( WFCI ), a faith-based organization hoping to impact families in making positive changes in their lives.
The intent is to provide education, spiritual and emotional healing and guidance in a safe, supervised environment in which residents can live and experience a “real home” atmosphere.
Residents of the House of Ruth will be women that are 18 years and older. Women involved in this program would be placed in a home under alternative sentencing guidelines, as well as through referrals by other programs or individuals. Each woman will participate in the program for 12 to 18 months
I destroy homes, tear families apart, take your children, and that’s just the start. I’m more costly than diamonds, more costly than gold, the sorrow I bring is a sight to behold. and if u need me, remember I’m easily found, I live all around you, in schools and in town. I live with the rich, I live with the poor, I live down the street,
and maybe next door.
My power is awesome; try me you’ll see, but if you do, you may NEVER break free. Just try me once and I might let you go, but try me twice, and I’ll own your soul. When I possess you, you’ll steal and you’ll lie. You do what you have to just to get high. The crimes you’ll commit, for my narcotic charms will be worth the pleasure you’ll feel in your arms.
You’ll lie to your mother; you’ll steal from your dad When you see their tears, you should feel sad. But you’ll forget your morals and how you were raised, I’ll be your conscience, I’ll teach you my ways. I take kids from parents, and parents from kids, I turn people from god, and separate friends.
Left to right…Fayette County Prosecutor Ken Faw, House of Ruth Director Sharon Cranfill, U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly, Incoming Fayette County Judge Paul Free
November 6th 2014 United States Senator Joe Donnelly visited Connersville to discuss the growing Heroine addiction problem the city is facing.
He spent a little over two hours meeting with The Mayor, Chief of Police, The Director of the House of Ruth ( Sharon Cranfill ) and numerous other local community leaders.
Everyone agreed that in a town as wonderful as Connersville this problem is heartbreaking, dangerous and subversive to the community. They vowed to begin to knock out the root causes and then on a one on one basis make sure everyone affected by this has hope and a chance at full recovery. There have been 30 overdoses since late September and regretfully 6 of those have died.
The House of Ruth is one place that local women to can on and turn to if they have an addiction and can’t find help. The facility is in its fifth year of operation, Sharon Cranfill founder and director says they will be opening a similar facility for men in the near future.
“This is monumental to us because we have been here for about 5 years and we have there (has) been a problem and I think that it’s an issue that we maybe didn’t want to have to address”. Said Sharon Cranfill.