Today, in the spirit of giving thanks, we are featuring some of our local partners across the country who support LGBTQ+ youth.
Group: The Ruth Ellis Center
Location: Detroit, MI
The Ruth Ellis Center, incorporated in 1999, is a youth social services agency that serves the needs of runaway, homeless and at-risk youth. We are one of the nation’s leading experts on vulnerable youth who are experiencing residential instability. The mission of the Center is to “provide short and long-term residential safe space and support services for runaway, homeless, and at-risk lesbian, gay, bi-attractional, transgender, and questioning youth.” The REC is the only organization in the country that has a Residential program for LGBTQ youth in the foster care and juvenile justice system, and is mission specific to LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness. While the Center emphasizes serving LGBTQ youth who are often ostracized, shamed, and denied services by other agencies, no youth, regardless of gender identity and/or sexual orientation is turned away or denied services. Furthermore, all youth who seek our assistance receive the highest level of services based on trauma informed care, late adolescent development theory, and best practices for serving homeless youth.
How to Help: Currently, proceeds from every water bottle sold through The Ally Coalition online store go straight to help the Ruth Ellis Center. (Added bonus: Those who purchase bottles are also entered to win one of 4 iPads signed by FUN. and Tegan & Sara)
Follow the Ruth Ellis Center on Twitter: @REC_Detroit