Christmas Gift Project

Sunday November 19th is the first day of the annual Christmas Gift Project!

Join us in buying gifts for the children and youth of Front Porch and the Ruth Ellis Center. Please take wish lists from the room dividers in the Undercroft.
Wrapped gifts may be dropped off in the decorated boxes in the lobby by Noon on Sunday December 10.



2. The information sheet is just to provide you with ideas; don't just buy everything on the sheet.

3. We suggest spending no more than $40 per person (feel free to shop at inexpensive stores, such as K-Mart, Target, or thrift shops); if you wish to spend more, then take more names.  

4. Do not split up a family (posted together and sharing a common letter) unless you arrange to coordinate with others. (We are trying to avoid the unfortunate situation where one person in a household receives many gifts, while others receive only one.)  

5. Make sure the packages are wrapped and tagged securely.  In general, treat the package as if it were going parcel post.

6. Food baskets are OK, as long as they do not contain perishable or overly fragile items.  

7. DELIVER by NOON, Sunday, Dec. 10.

For more information or to volunteer with the merry making ministry, please contact the Rev'd Areeta Bridgemohan, 313-885-4841 ext 121, or

About The Front Porch:

Providing educational and recreational activities and opportunities to youth in Detroit according to their interests, initiatives and needs since 1997.

We started as a part of a block club in 1995 with one volunteer, five kids, some books and origami. Now there is a group of over 50 kids, ranging in age from five to seventeen. The Front Porch extends to all these kids' friends and relatives who visit the neighborhood.

If children have a safe, informal place where they are free to express their opinions and explore their talents and skills, supported by adults, and to meet other kids in their neighborhood within a structure and develop a sense of safety and true neighborhood then we should see a change in the attitude of the children and eventually the whole neighborhood. It should not be just a place to live but an interdependent place in which to grow, communicate, learn and explore: a safe place from which to begin a life not bounded by a neighborhood, but rather a life rooted in a place that is a springboard to the world.



About The Ruth Ellis Center:

The Ruth Ellis Center (REC), incorporated in 1999, is a youth social services agency with a mission “to provide short-term and long-term residential safe space and support services for runaway, homeless, and at-risk lesbian, gay, bi-attractional, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth.” As LGBTQ youth continue to be disproportionately affected by homelessness, the Ruth Ellis Center remains dedicated to ensuring that these vulnerable youth and young adults receive the services and inherent protections available to all citizens. While the Center emphasizes serving LGBTQ youth who are often ostracized, shamed, and denied services by other agencies, no youth, regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation is turned away or denied services.

The Ruth Ellis Center currently operates four core services: (1) our residential housing program—Ruth’s House; (2) Second Stories Drop-In Center, providing low-barrier access to  safety-net services like food, clothing, showers, laundry and case management; (3) Second Stories Outpatient Mental Health Services; and (4) Family Group Decision Making (FGDM). Through the application of positive youth development programming, facilitated psycho-educational peer support groups, structured mentoring programs and the provision of core and adjunct services, either on-site or through referrals, we seek to provide life-enhancing and life-sustaining services designed to improve the health outcomes of homeless LGBTQ youth and encourage thriving behavior.