Ruth Ellis Center

Creating opportunities with LGBTQ+ young people to build their vision for a positive future. Our vision is a world where LGBTQ+ young people are safe and supported no matter where they go.
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We are dedicated to embedding Racial Equity and Transformative Justice in all of our work.

// MISSION

Creating opportunities with LGBTQ+ young people to build their vision for a positive future. Our vision is a world where LGBTQ+ young people are safe and supported no matter where they go.

Named in honor of a resilient Detroit icon, Ruth Ellis Center works to create a supportive environment and community with LGBTQ+ young people. Founded in 1999, Ruth Ellis Center (REC) has established a national reputation for quality and innovation in providing trauma-informed services for lesbian, gay, bi-attractional, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ+) youth, and young adults, with an emphasis on young people of color, experiencing homelessness, involved in the child welfare system, and/or experiencing barriers to health and wellbeing.


// KEY SERVICES PROVIDED

Drop-In Center: Food pantry, shower & laundry facilities, hygiene kits, clothing closet, computer lab, peer support groups, education, and employment support.

Health & Wellness Center: Integrated primary and behavioral health care for young people ages 13-30.

Family Support Program: Support for families and caretakers of LGBTQ+ children and youth, in partnership with the Family Acceptance Project.

Center for Lesbian & Queer Women and Girls: Social support, intimate partner violence prevention, sexual health, advocacy, and case management.

Permanent Supportive Housing: 43 apartments co-located with supportive services in Detroit’s Piety Hill neighborhood.

Rapid Re-housing: Supports LGBTQ+ young people to quickly stabilize their housing with 3-12 months of rental support.

Kelly Stough Project: Provides 6-24 months of rental assistance for LGBTQ+ survivors of human trafficking.

Ruth Ellis Institute: LGBTQ+ training and consulting for youth serving professionals working in child welfare, behavioral health, juvenile justice, and housing systems of care.


// LEADERSHIP

Mark B. Erwin, Interim Co-Executive Director
Dr. Staci Hirsch, Interim Co-Executive Director
Sharron Fincher, Board Chair
Corinne Rockoff, Board Co-Chair
Jay Long, Board Treasurer
Barb Biess, Board Secretary


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// CONTACT INFORMATION

Ruth Ellis Center
Administrative Office
95 Victor St., Highland Park, MI 48203
313-252-1950
RuthEllisCenter.org


We are dedicated to embedding Racial Equity and Transformative Justice in all of our work.

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