Outreach

Still Point is active at tree plantings and vacant lot cleanups; soup kitchens and prisons; and local universities and places like the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit Homestead.

In 2014, Still Point was very happy to partner with the Ruth Ellis Center, a Highland Park-based organization that provides “short-term and long-term residential safe space and support services for runaway, homeless and at-risk gay, lesbian, bi-attractional, transgender and questioning youth.”

Still Point taught mindfulness and meditation as part of Ruth Ellis’ six-week Summer Internship Program in 2014, in what might end up being a pilot program to offer weekly meditation services and instruction at the Ruth Ellis drop-in center thereafter.

The amazing Ruth Ellis Center is a youth social services agency that serves the needs of runaway, homeless and at-risk youth.  They are one of the nation’s leading experts on vulnerable youth who are experiencing residential instability.  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.

While the Center emphasizes serving LGBTQ youth who are often ostracized, shamed, and denied services by other agencies, no youth, regardless of gender identity and/or sexual orientation is turned away or denied services.  Furthermore, all youth who seek their assistance receive the highest level of services based on trauma informed care, late adolescent development theory, and best practices for serving homeless youth.