Psycho-educational work is at the core of much of the work we do at the Ruth Ellis Center. This means in our work, we do not only provide new information to youth, but we also ask them how this new information makes the feel. We know this experience provides the opportunity for learning to be more transformational. As a part of our summer internship program in 2013 youth explored fashion and gender expression. Watch the video above to explore this program further.
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.
More than 50% of the homeless Lesbian, Gay, Bi-attractional, Transgender, and Questioning youth in Metro Detroit last year benefited from over 5,000 services including food, clothing, supplies, access to shelter, support groups, case management, and counseling. Their hope lies in the commitment of our community. Your support will provide these youth the same opportunity all young people deserve, a positive vision of a happy, stable future as an adult.
We urge you now to become one of Ruth’s Angels by giving a monthly gift of any amount or a one-time gift of $250 or more. Rejection by family and peers and the isolation that results have a devastating impact on the physical and mental health of LGBTQ youth. These young people deserve mentors, advocates, and allies who “get it.”
The Ruth Ellis legacy is an unwavering commitment to providing safe space for LGBTQ youth. Will you sustain her legacy by joining with other advocates and allies to provide safety, belonging and hope to the additional 500 LGBTQ youth in Metro Detroit who did NOT benefit from services in 2013?
Your recurring or one-time gift will support the youth at the Ruth Ellis Center through more than food, clothing, and access to life-giving services, you will become part of an ongoing legacy that inspires hope in all of us.