Meet our social worker, Lonneisha Rutherford.

Lonneisha Rutherford, LMSW

Social Worker

Hello, I would like to introduce myself as a new member of the Taylor Street Primary Care Clinic team! My name is Lonneisha Rutherford, and I am Taylor Street Clinic’s new full-time, clinical social worker.

A little about myself… I earned my bachelor’s in social work from Saginaw Valley State University (Go Cards) and graduated with my master’s in social work from Wayne State University (Go Warriors). I began my career working with youth diagnosed with Autism, and adults living with cognitive, developmental, and emotional disabilities. Previously I worked as residential therapist in the foster care system, which ultimately led me to my current role of clinical therapist at Taylor Street Clinic.

On a personal level, I am a Detroit Native and I’ve had the opportunity to spend more of my adult life enjoying all that the city has to offer. I enjoy my weekends, where I am free to spend time with family, explore local restaurants, and binge my favorite Netflix shows with fresh baked chocolate chip cookies.

I am very excited to get to know the Central Detroit Christian (CDC) families, the residents of the Virginia Park neighborhood, and the members of the surrounding communities. My hope is that I can provide you with tools, resources, and support to improve your overall emotional and mental wellness. I treat clients of all ages but I especially love working with young people.

If you have questions about the services I provide, do not hesitate to contact me. I can be reached by calling 313-486-5501. You can also schedule an appointment by calling or visiting our website at

Before I end, here is a quick exercise that may assist staff, parents, and your kiddos who may feel overwhelmed or overstimulated.

Tip: Five Senses (Ground Technique)

  • What five things do you see?
  • What four things do you hear?
  • What three things do you feel?
  • What two things do you smell?
  • What is one thing you can taste?


This exercise can help you relax and reconnect to the world around you. Practice while taking a walk, driving home, or throughout the day.