Ruth’s House Receives $11K Grant to Provide Winter Wear to 200 Seniors

The grant will also serve those who participate in job training programs, Ruth’s House said. (File photograph)

Lafayette Square thrift shop Ruth’s House is able to offer warm weather gear to 200 city seniors this season through a grant worth more than $11,000 from the Griffin-White Foundation.

Established in 2001, the Haverhill-based charity aims to serve elders in the Merrimack Valley area, including those who utilize Ruth’s House. The 25-year-old thrift shop plans to also use their donation to bolster their job training initiative, according to Board of Directors President Barbara Donegan. The shop currently trains four seniors and hopes to welcome at least four more in coming months.

“This grant will keep Merrimack Valley’s seniors warm this winter,” Donegan said. “Whether it be the basics of coats, gloves and clothing or job training to keep our seniors engaged in our communities, we are eternally grateful to the Griffin-White Foundation to continuing to provide caring services for our senior population.”

Seniors who quality for clothing through Ruth’s House are eligible for a quarterly voucher that may be used to purchase any clothing or footwear items. For more information, call Ruth’s House at 978-521-5575.