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Following an alleged assault last Wednesday at Casa Ruby, a nonprofit organization that serves D.C.’s LGBTQ population, the group is asking for donations to help repair its center located at 2822 Georgia Ave. NW.
As first reported by The Washington Blade, a pair of transgender women were charged with simple assault and destruction of property on Jan. 27 after they allegedly threw computer monitors at a Casa Ruby staffer. Ruby Corado, the founder of the organization, told the paper that the duo had been receiving “housing-related services” from Casa Ruby, adding, “We have a history with these two girls.” (Corado has not responded to a request for comment.) Now, the group has created an online fundraiser at YouCaring.com seeking $3,500 to recoup the cost of the damages. As of Monday, more than 80 donors have compiled more than $3,250.
“This week our center was vandalized & our drop-in center equipment(1 tv, 3 computers were destroyed.),” the fundraiser reads. “The perpetrators and those behind this destructive violence sent us a clear message of destruction, intimidation and bullying, Please help us show them and the world that we can overcome violence and rebuild because we are one big community.”
Last month, Casa Ruby received six new beds from the city as part of an effort to provide shelter to LGBTQ residents.
Photo by Darrow Montgomery