HAYWARD -- The Emergency Shelter Program has a new name -- Ruby's Place.

The change was done for two reasons, the organization said in a release. What started out as an emergency shelter for female and child victims of domestic abuse more than 40 years ago has evolved. It now also has counseling, employment help, a housing program and community outreach, including legal assistance for restraining orders and visas.

Also, a federal program that had granted funds to the group had a similar name, the Emergency Shelter Grants program. It was recently replaced by the federal Emergency Solutions Grants program.

Ruby is the name of a woman who called the shelter for help after she and her children were abused for years, according to the website.

Information available at go to www.rubysplace.org or call the office at 510-581-5626 or hotline at 888-339-SAFE (7233).



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