Ruths Cottage and The Patticake House is a non-profit organization whose mission is to end domestic and sexual violence, as well as child sexual and physical abuse. Since its inception in 2002, our program has provided free-of-charge, confidential services to victims of domestic violence and child abuse, serving the five-county region of Tift, Turner, Irwin, Ben Hill, and Worth counties.
In September 2002, the Ruths Cottage Domestic Violence Prevention Program was awarded grant monies for three advocates to work on behalf of family violence. These funds came from the Department of Human Resources and Criminal Justice Coordinating Council which administers both VOCA and VAWA funds. A regional Board of Directors was formed from the four-county circuit to include Irwin, Tift, Turner and Worth Counties. The District Attorney, Mr. Paul Bowden, was elected President to govern the 25-member board. Ruths Cottage, from its inception, has been a collaborative of DFCS, prosecution, law enforcement, courts, schools and colleges, the faith community, prevention, mental health, CASA, the business community, local government and concerned citizens.