The youth at Ruth’s House got to experience something new last month, SUMMER CAMP! Many of us can recall our first summer camp experience. It usually began with the moan and groan of leaving your friends and neighborhood behind, and the realization that your much-anticipated summer break was quickly fleeting away. And yet somehow, after the initial annoyance, fear, and nervousness subsides, we find ourselves embracing the new experience and all that it has to offer. That experience is an important one, and now it is shared by the residents of Ruth’s House! From June 19th to June 25th, residents of Ruth’s House attended Camp Beloved, a senior high camp (grades 9-12) for LGBTQ teens and ally friends. The youth participated in all your classic summer camp activities such as campfires, nature walks, and goofy games.
Thank you Camp Beloved for helping us create a memorable summer for our youth!
On September 22nd, 2016, Ruth Ellis Center will host our annual gala, VOICES, presented by Lear Corporation at the Waterview Loft at Port Detroit. This signature event provides critical funding to support the Center’s annual operations while also celebrating our dedicated and generous supporters, whose voices have allowed the Center to serve runaway, homeless and at-risk LGBTQ youth here in Detroit for 16 years. Tickets are available HERE
Individuals, business owners, and corporations wishing to support VOICES 2016 through event sponsorship are encouraged to contact Mark Erwin-McCormick, Director of Development at Mark.McCormick@ruthelliscenter.org for more information.
In May, Eat, Pray, Love, Author Elizabeth Gilbert, and the Compassion Collective (Rob Bell, Cheryl Strayed, Brene` Brown, Glennon Doyle Melton, Laverne Cox, Marie Forleo, Valerie Kaur) hosted a Mother’s Day event like never before! In 24 hours, the group raised over half a million dollars to support Syrian refugee children, and runaway & homeless youth in the U.S. Their “Love Flash Mob”, which was only announced to their supporters the day of the event, and used primarily social media to raise funding for a handful of organizations in the U.S. and abroad. Individual donations could not exceed $25. Ruth Ellis Center, the only LGBTQ specific youth serving organization, was awarded $25,000 to support programs at our Drop-In Center. This is the first gift the Center has received from the Compassion Collective.