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REC Volunteer / Quarterly Training

April 18, 2015


Are you interested in volunteering with Ruth Ellis Center? Do you work in Social Service and are you interested in learning more about working with LGBTQ individuals? Do you want to learn more about REC?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, the Ruth Ellis Center’s Volunteer / Quarterly Training may be a great opportunity for you!

Specific Sessions will Cover:

  •  Volunteer Orientation
  •  Realness, best practices for working with LGBTQ youth
  •  REC Principles of Work
  •  Supporting Parents and Families of LGBTQ youth
  •  Emotional Literacy, trauma informed practices for LGBTQ youth
  • Charity to Solidarity, learning to support authentic needs through volunteering


Attendees who are present all day will have lunch provided. Accommodations can be made for child care and ability with at least two weeks notice.








FUN. Supports Ruth Ellis Center

January 17, 2013: Grammy Award winning, pop-rock trio FUN. announced plans to raise $250,000 to build a community health center for the Ruth Ellis Center. Funds for the campaign will be raised through The Ally Coalition [TAC], a collaborative effort of the band and designer Rachel Antonoff. TAC’s mission is to create a coalition of allies that will aid and encourage fellow artists and people from every walk of life, to use their voices and influence to end discrimination against LGBTQ people.

Thank you to FUN for their support, check out their website here. Donations to support the programs and services of the Ruth Ellis Center may be made here.






About the Ruth Ellis Center

The mission of the Ruth Ellis Center is to provide short-term and long-term residential safe space and support services for runaway, homeless and at-risk gay, lesbian, bi-attractional, transgender and questioning youth.

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 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.