HELP SUPPORT LGBTQ YOUTH
TAC and FUN. will match donations up to $50,000.
TAC is committed to the support of LGBTQ youth. Through our travels this year with FUN., we have seen first hand the incredible work that community centers and shelters do to keep our LGBTQ youth safe and healthy.
40% of homeless youth are LGBTQ.
LGBTQ Youth are at much higher risk of depression, suicide, substance abuse, risky sexual behavior and homelessness.
Last year, the Ruth Ellis Center provided support to over half the homeless LGBTQ youth in Detroit.
This year, the Ruth Ellis Center will help 25% more youths by developing a vacant space into a Community Health Center to provide comprehensive medical and mental health services.
Total development costs are expected to reach $250,000.
SOME FRIENDS AT THE RUTH ELLIS CENTER
Wayne"There's no other place like the Ruth Ellis Center. You feel at home as soon as you walk through the doors because of the welcoming and loving embrace it provides."
Donnie"I have found myself in many situations that I thought I wouldn't get through. I turned to the Ruth Ellis Center for help and without question, they were there every step of the way."
Shawntai"I love them and wouldn't know what to do without them."
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
This year, Detroit will welcome thousands of musicians.
We think musicians (and their fans) can raise $250,000 and help the Ruth Ellis Center youth with a few, simple actions.
1. Add a ticket donation to the cost of each ticket.
2. Collect much needed clothing items at a show.
3. Visit Ruth Ellis Center to meet the youths.
4. Set up an Equality Village at a show.
5. Message your fans to get involved.
ABOUT RUTH ELLIS CENTER
The Ruth Ellis Center is a youth social services agency that serves the needs of runaway, homeless and at-risk youth. The REC is the only organization in the country that has a Residential program for LGBTQ youth in the foster care and juvenile justice system, and is mission specific to LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness. Last year, more than 50% of the homeless LGBTQ youth in Metro Detroit benefited from over 5,000 services including food, clothing, supplies, access to shelter, support groups, case management, and counseling.