About Our Organization
Ruth Ellis Center is named in honor of
the life and work of Ruth Ellis, who
was respected and loved for her
longevity and endurance as one of Detroit’s oldest and proudest African-American lesbians, the first woman in the
City of Detroit to own her own printing company, and for her many years of service to all people in need.
Over a 18-year history, REC has established a national reputation for quality and innovation in providing trauma-informed services for homeless, runaway and at-risk lesbian, gay, bi-attractional, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth and young adults of color.