Ruth Ellis Center is the only mission specific agency in the entire Midwest dedicated to LGBTQ, (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-atractional, Transgender and Questioning) youth. The Center provides residential and drop-in programs. LGBTQ youth need helpers and advocates who get “it.” We get it. We understand their needs and help them find pathways to safety and independence.
The LGBTQ population is overly represented in the runaway and homeless youth population and severely underserved. The needs of these young people include the physical needs for shelter, food, clothing and healthcare and may also include addressing the problems of addiction, alcohol abuse and sexual exploitation. Street youth may also have educational gaps that require individualized vocational, employment and life skills training. LGBTQ street youth also face the added burden of dealing with internal conflicts and social ostracism.