You can honor Ruth's legacy by providing hope and essential support for our youth through your monthly gift. 'Click' the image to become a Ruth's Angel today!
Interested in volunteering, learning more about programs, or how to be an ally? 'Click here' to learn more!
Your support allowed us to serve over 500 LGBTQ youth last year, please 'click' the image to become a Ruth's Angel by making a monthly donation.
The Ruth Ellis legacy is an unwavering commitment to providing safe space for LGBTQ youth. 'Click' the image to learn how you can join in this legacy.

REC Youth


The Ruth Ellis Center is now running a Skill Share program with 15 youth in our leadership and advocacy group as well as youth who live with us.  The agency is training and equipping youth with independent living skills, professional tools and social-emotional support to ensure future success.  Skill Share equips youth to fully engage in the Youth Advisory Board and Out in the System.








Thank You!

We’d like to give a special shout out to our volunteer groups who are currently supplying, preparing and serving dinner in our Drop In Center (First United Methodist Church of Birmingham, Friends of Jesus, United Church of Christ). Your commitment to the youth at Ruth Ellis Center resulted in almost 7,000 hot meals last year!

We are currently looking for groups to host the following dinners in the Drop In Center:

April 6, 20, 27 (Monday)

Approx. 60 youth

April 8, 22, 29 (Wednesday)

Approx. 60 youth

April 2,9,23,30 (Thursday)

Approx. 30 youth

If you are interested in hosting a weekly or monthly dinner in our Drop In Center, please send an e-mail to






Are you interested in volunteering with Ruth Ellis Center? Do you work in Social Service and 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 accessibility with at least two weeks notice.

Click here to learn more information: Volunteer or Register Here!