November 13, 2013 | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
Casa Ruby awarded $25,000 city grant
Ruby Corado, Casa Ruby, gay news, Washington Blade

Ruby Corado standing in front of Casa Ruby. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

The D.C. Office of Latino Affairs last week awarded a $25,000 grant to Casa Ruby, an LGBT community center in Columbia Heights that reaches out to the Latino and transgender communities, Casa Ruby CEO Ruby Corado announced on Facebook.

She said the one-year grant would enable Casa Ruby to hire one new employee and four consultants with expertise in mental health issues to provide services and direct assistance to clients, including walk-in services. Corado said the services under the grant would be available to clients six days a week from noon to 8 p.m. and will include employment related services to help clients find jobs and become self-sufficient.

Although the grant is targeted to the Latino LGBT community, Corado said Casa Ruby remains open to “anyone regardless of who they are.”

Lou Chibbaro Jr. has reported on the LGBT civil rights movement and the LGBT community for more than 30 years, beginning as a freelance writer and later as a staff reporter and currently as Senior News Reporter for the Washington Blade. He has chronicled LGBT-related developments as they have touched on a wide range of social, religious, and governmental institutions, including the White House, Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court, the military, local and national law enforcement agencies and the Catholic Church. Chibbaro has reported on LGBT issues and LGBT participation in local and national elections since 1976. He has covered the AIDS epidemic since it first surfaced in the early 1980s. Follow Lou

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