About Our Organization

Ruth's Legacy

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.

Our history

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.

COVID-19 Information

In an effort to maintain the high-level services our young people deserve, we have decided to adhere to the recommended community mitigation strategies, per Governor Gretchen Whitmer and the CDC, by limiting access to the Center to essential staff and youth only.

As a result, the Center will be temporarily pausing the intake of in-kind donations (clothing, non-perishable food, and hygiene products, etc.), volunteer projects, and the Quarterly Community Training, previously scheduled on April 24-25, 2020.

Young people with existing appointments or medication pick-ups at the Health & Wellness Center should us at (313)-365-3338 to confirm.

Young people in need of food resources may pick up items from the Drop-in Center door on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3 PM - 5 PM.

Thank you for your continued support; please keep yourselves safe during this time.