After some years teaching in Texas, Ruth moved to Ohio to pursue her passion for hands-on direct service, joining in the effort to provide affordable housing in the Mahoning Valley area. She currently serves with HFHI through the AmeriCorps program. Ruth enjoys being a part of the construction team, populated almost exclusively by volunteers from the local community. She has yet to become fully acclimated to the varied weather of northeast Ohio but has enjoyed witnessing the changing seasons.