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HIGHLAND PARK – THe Ruth Ellis Center, one of the nation’s three agencies dedicated to homeless LGBTQ youth, has received a grant from each of the following organizations: Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, the Detroit Industrial School Foundation and the TJX Foundation. Each grant will support Ruth Ellis Center’s programs that enrich the lives of homeless and at-risk LGBTQ youth in metro Detroit.
“It is encouraging to see that such diverse set of funders are recognizing the need to support the LGBTQ community,” said Laura Hughes, the center’s executive director. “While every aspect of Ruth Ellis Center needs support, from our general fund to each of our programs, funding these initiatives is particularly thrilling for our youth because the contributions go toward something they directly experience.”
The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan provided a grant of $20,000 from its HOPE Fund to support strategic planning and expanded fund development efforts. The HOPE Fund supports high-quality programs and organizations that serve the LGBTQ community. The Community Foundation is a permanent community endowment built by gifts from thousands of individuals and organizations and supports a wide variety of activities benefitting education, arts and culture, and health and human services.
The Detroit Industrial School Foundation grant is supporting Ruth Ellis Center’s Literacy Program. The Literacy Program engages Ruth Ellis Center youth with volunteers and staff members to help them gain skills that can help transition into schools and independence.
The TJX Foundation of the TJX Companies, Inc., the nation’s leading off-price retailer of apparel and home furnishings, is supporting the center with a grant for its transgender support group. One of three gender identity support groups at the center, the transgender support group provides a safe space for transgender youth to discuss many of the pressing issues they face including employment discrimination, hormone use and safety.
For more information about the Ruth Ellis Center, visit http://www.ruthelliscenter.com.