Across the United States, LGBTQ youth drop-in centers aim to minimize harm to homeless youth and help them build a foundation for security and stability. We follow Lilianna Reyes and the staff of Detroit's Ruth Ellis Center. For them, the job is personal - 100% of the Ruth Ellis drop-in center staff are formerly homeless or were housing insecure before they came to the Ruth Ellis center themselves. The staff of the Ruth Ellis drop-in center have overcome huge obstacles to give back and improve the lives of LGBTQ youth
Ruth Ellis Center 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.