Ruby Corado, the owner of a drop-in center in Washington, D.C. for LGBT people, is about to open a homeless shelter just for transgender youth.
Casa Ruby, Corado’s first venture, has a specific focus on trans people. A trans woman of color herself, Corado has always wanted to serve trans youth in particular. Now, she’ll have room for up to a dozen people from ages 18-24.
“Here, you will not be hungry. You won’t be tired from a bad night of sleep,” Corado said, showing me the new, donated mattresses that arrived the day before. “You will be rested and full, and you will be ready to work on your future.”
About 15 times a month, a young person walks up the steps to her center.
“They found me on the Internet, and their parents just dropped them off and then turned around to drive back home,” she said. “They literally threw their children away.”
Everyone at Casa Ruby is a hugger. That frightened person who didn’t even wave goodbye to that car speeding away gets a hug from all the people at the office, nearly all of whom are transgender and former clients at Casa Ruby.
Corado will talk to the newest member of her growing family.
“You can’t change the past. You’re not responsible for what happened in the past,” she says. “But you are responsible for today.”
We cannot say enough how important this is. Ruby Corado is an actual hero.