The Ruth Ellis Center is launching a major crowd-funding and awareness campaign, End the Chill: Where Homeless Youth Sleep this Winter, to bring aid this winter to Detroit’s homeless lesbian, gay, bi-attractional, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth, many of whom live in horrifically unsafe and unsecured conditions. The funds will ensure that the Ruth Ellis Center’s Second Stories Drop-in Center is open additional days as a warming station for the youth.
“There are more than 800 homeless youth on the streets of Detroit daily, which comes as a surprise to many people because the youth work very hard to remain under the radar,” said Laura Hughes, Ruth Ellis Center executive director. “We are using our strong relationships and the trust we have built with these youth to gain exclusive access to the spaces in which they stay, shed light on the horrible conditions in which they live, and raise money to provide the youth with more access to safe space at the Ruth Ellis Center.”
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