Abundantly Loving Children.
Supporting Families.
Ending the Orphan Crisis.

About Us

The Ruth Project is a non-profit organization based in Elgin, IL on a mission to end the modern-day orphan crisis. Through donations and volunteering, we abundantly provide resources to foster and adoptive families, setting them up for long-term success. With your support, we can expand our reach and serve more families.

The Crisis

Every 2 minutes

a child is removed from their
home and placed into foster care

Over 50%

of foster families quit
fostering within the first year.

More than 70%

of children with siblings are separated from one or more of them while in care.

Our Mission

The Ruth Project provides foster and adoptive families with the resources, on-going support, and knowledge they need to give long-term love and care to children in need. There are 400,000 children in the U.S. without their families. In 2022, we hope to expand our reach by opening more Ruth Storehouses and growing our team of volunteers. We need your help!

Give Now

All donations fund storehouse operations, provide ongoing support to families, and help expand our future vision for more storehouses.

Volunteer

Volunteer in the storehouse, help at events, or provide rest to families through childcare opportunities.

Donate Items

Drop off new or gently used items to the storehouse. The storehouse is open for drop-offs weekly, Tuesday through Thursday

Your contribution allows us to provide:

Practical Provisions

Our storehouse is more than just a one-stop-shop experience.

Ruth Project families are given clothes, toys, and items in abundance, never lacking what they need from the storehouse. As the child grows and the seasons change, they can come back for any needs they have.

Ongoing Support

Long-term support for long-term success.

Monthly and quarterly events help families connect with their community. Ongoing prayer, notes of encouragement, gift cards, and more are provided with generosity. From lawyers to hairstylists, families are connected with community experts who can meet their unique needs.

Advocacy + Training

Let’s solve the real issues with understanding.

We provide training not only for our foster families but also for the churches, church groups, and organizations that support them. The orphan crisis is complex and the magnitude is overwhelming. We help you to understand the real issues and how to make a lasting impact.

Practical Provisions

Our storehouse is more than just a one-stop-shop experience.

Ruth Project families are given clothes, toys, and
items in abundance, never lacking what they need
from the storehouse. As the child grows and the
seasons change, they can come back for any needs
they have.

Ongoing Support

Long-term support for long-term success.

Monthly and quarterly events help families connect
with their community. Ongoing prayer, notes of
encouragement, gift cards, and more are provided
with generosity. From lawyers to hairstylists, families
are connected with community experts who can
meet their unique needs.

Advocacy + Training

Let’s solve the real issues with understanding.

We provide training not only for our foster families
but also for the churches, church groups, and
organizations that support them. The orphan crisis is
complex and the magnitude is overwhelming. We
help you to understand the real issues and how to
make a lasting impact.

Who We Are

Without a doubt, the journey to creating the Ruth Project was divinely planned. Tammy McMahan, the founder of the Ruth Project and foster parent to over 23 children since 2016, opened the first storehouse in November, 2020. But the seeds of this story were planted long before then. Learn more about Tammy and the Ruth Project Team.

"But God will never forget the needy; the hope of the afflicted will never perish."
Psalm 9:18

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