Creating opportunities with LGBTQ+ young people to build their vision for a positive future.

Over a 20+ year history, REC has established a national reputation for quality and innovation in providing trauma-informed services for LGBTQ+ young people experiencing homelessness, in the child welfare system, and/or experiencing barriers to care.

Creating opportunities with LGBTQ+ young people to build their vision for a positive future. image
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Over a 20+ year history, REC has established a national reputation for quality and innovation in providing trauma-informed services for LGBTQ+ young people experiencing homelessness, in the child welfare system, and/or experiencing barriers to care.

Become a part of an extraordinary 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 and for her many years of service to all people in need. Ruth was born in 1899 and came out as a lesbian in 1915. Beginning in the 1930s, Ruth provided shelter, physical support and spiritual affirmation to those whose race, sexual orientation or both set them apart from the dominant culture. Ruth lived to the age of 101, seeing the Center come to being prior to her passing in 2000. The work we continue to do at the Ruth Ellis Center is built upon her model of responsibility to oneself and one’s community.