The 2014 Ruth Ellis Center annual event VOICES brought together the combined philosophies of positive youth development and social justice while bringing awareness to the epidemic of homelessness among LGBTQ youth in the United States. Understanding that youth are experts in their own life, VOICES provided a meaningful and educational platform for LGBTQ youth to use their voice, share their story, celebrate their individuality and be empowered to impact change. This year, youth presented an original composition incorporating music, dance, sign language and spoken word in collaboration with local artists and members of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Without your support Voices would not have been such a huge success!
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.
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.