Ellie joined AmeriCorps VISTA with the Homeless Network of Yakima County and Yakima County/Human Services Department. She also developed the ALPHA Team a group of homeless and previously homeless people who advocate for positive changes. She helped develop and operate a homeless camp for the Yakama Nation and helped in the development of several tiny homes getting built to improve upon the residents living in tents.
Ellie was one of the founding Board members of JHY. She was diagnosed with cancer in 2018, and worked hard to keep her dream alive as long as she physically was able. Sadly, she passed away in May of 2008. The remaining Board members and other supporters in the community are proud to carry on her work. The Board passed a resolution prior to her death to name the community center at Cottage Hill Village in her honor.