Ruth Ellis Center

REC was established in 1999. The staff includes 11 full-time and 6 part-time employees. REC provides a one-stop array of services for homeless and runaway lesbian, gay, bi-attractional, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth in Metro Detroit/Wayne County.

Services include emergency food, clothing and supplies; 24/7 access to emergency shelter; HIV testing and counseling; peer support groups; positive youth development programs; mental health and case management services for homeless LGBTQ youth 7-24 years of age.

The primary outreach and interventions are coordinated through the Second Stories Drop In Center using a team-centered approach. REC also operates a five-bed foster care home for LGBTQ youth licensed by the state of Michigan. A license for a semi-independent living program is currently under review.

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77 Victor Street
Highland Park, MI 48203


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