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What Does The Night Ministry Do?

The Night Ministry serves….

the 138,575 Chicagoans who experienced homelessness last year. 

the 12,186 young people, ages 14-21, who were homeless and trying to survive on their own in Chicago, without the support of family or a guardian.

the 1.3 million uninsured or underinsured people living in the Chicago area.

The Night Ministry is a Chicago-based organization that works to provide housing, health care and human connection to members of our community struggling with poverty or homelessness. With an open heart and an open mind, we accept people as they are and work to address their immediate physical, emotional and social needs while affirming their sense of humanity.

Through The Night Ministry's Health Outreach Bus, Youth Outreach Van and Youth Shelter Network, we work on the ground in Chicago neighborhoods to reach adults, teens, pregnant and new moms who have nowhere else to go.

FY 2014 Financial AuditFY 2014 Form 990Annual Report FY 2014



WGNTV Chicago Scene: Impact 100 Grant Transforms The Night Ministry's Health Outreach Program

The Night Ministry’s Health Outreach Program purchased a new Health Outreach Bus thanks in part to a generous $100,000 grant from Impact 100, an all-women’s giving group. Learn more about our partnership with Impact 100 and the transformation the grant has made possible on WGNTV Chicago Scene. Watch here...

The Night Ministry looking to aid the uninsured

Chicago Sun-Times Health Reporter Monifa Thomas recently joined The Night Ministry Health Outreach Bus for an evening to learn about how The Night Ministry’s services fit into the Affordable Care Act. Check out the story as well as a video Chicago Sun-Times created below! Read more...

Quarles & Brady partner leads effort to serve city’s homeless

Nine years ago, after hearing a presentation on the Night Ministry at Anshe Emet, Janine Landow-Esser volunteered to coordinate the congregation’s efforts with the nonprofit. She does it all over e-mail, making monthly checks with her list of 60 rotating volunteers who shop for groceries, prepare meals and serve the food. Most participate in just one part of this process, and another group takes the baton to help finish the job. Read more...

Check Out Our Podcast Series:
Podcast 9 - Our Founder, Part 1
Podcast 10 - Our Founder, Part 2
To listen to all of The Night Ministry's podcasts, click here.

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E-Newsletter Archive

August 2015 E-Newsletter: The Night Ministry To Benefit From Infuencing Youth Scholarship & Charity Fund

July 2015 E-Newsletter: The Night Ministry Collaborates on Groundbreaking Youth Housing Model for Students

June 2015 E-Newsletter: Lighting Up the Night Awards Dinner & Auction Raises more than 5% of Annual Budget

April 2015 E-Newsletter: This Month and Every Month - We Appreciate Our Volunteers!

Other Ways To Help

Give Back, Get Perks

For $9 per month, you can become an I AM SELFLESS member and support The Night Ministry while gaining access to hundreds of perks and dozens of events throughout the year! Join I AM SELFLESS today and designate The Night Ministry as your chosen charity. We’ll receive your donation from I AM SELFLESS and you’ll get a lot of sweet deals!


vehicleThe Night Ministry has partnered with Vehicles For Charity to process donated vehicles. Donating your old vehicle is convenient, easy, and your donation of a used car, truck, or other vehicle will make a big difference in supporting The Night Ministry. Click here for “Frequently Asked Questions” or call 1-(866) 628-2277 and they will answer any other questions you may have and make arrangements to pick up your donation.

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We Need Your Help

MakeaGift Please support our work with a tax deductible donation - your gift will help us continue to provide housing, health care, and human connection to those who need it most.


Employment Opportunities
Are you interested in working at The Night Ministry?  To learn more about our current employment opportunities and apply for open positions please click here.



The Homestretch

"This film deftly, courageously and respectfully illustrates the complexity of the issues resulting in over one million young people experiencing homelessness every year in this country.” Paul W. Hamann, President & CEO, The Night Ministry.

For more information about “The Homestretch,” a new documentary from Kartemquin Films and Spargel Productions which features The Night Ministry, please click here.



AIDS Run & Walk 2015
Soldier Field
Saturday, September 26, 2015

We need your help to reach our $10,000 goal, so that The Night Ministry can apply for a grant from the AIDS Foundation of Chicago!

Join The Night Ministry's AIDS Run & Walk team at Soldier Field on Saturday, September 26. 90% of all money raised by The Night Ministry’s team will be returned directly to The Night Ministry’s HIV Testing Program. Last year The Night Ministry administered more than 600 rapid tests, thanks to AIDS Run & Walk participants! Our trained outreach professionals and Nurse Practitioners administer free rapid HIV tests as well as prevention counseling. Sponsorship opportunities are available! Register for our team here!



5th Annual American StreetBall Classic
Quest Multisport
Sunday, October 4, 2015

The 5th Annual American StreetBall Classic will be held on Sunday, October 4th, 12-5 p.m., at Quest Multisport. The tournament brings together teams to take part in 3-on-3 basketball competitions. Celebrities slated to attend are Chicago Bears Linebacker, David Bass, Defensive End, Cornelius Washington, and Tackle, Jordan Mills. Money will be raised from team sign-ups, sponsorships and donations. All proceeds benefit The Night Ministry. To make a donation to the event, please click here.


The Night Ministry To Benefit From Influencing Youth Scholarship & Charity Fund

The Influencing Youth Scholarship & Charity Fund has selected The Night Ministry as one of three organizations that will benefit from the proceeds from their first raffle.  Influencing Youth was created to provide today's youth with continuing education through scholarships.

The raffle will be held on October 15, 2015 and there are 5 cash prizes: $7,500, $5,000, $2,500, $1,500 and $1,000.Tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20.

The Night Ministry has a limited amount of tickets for sale. To find out more information on how to purchase tickets, please contact Christy Prassas, The Night Ministry's Vice President of Development, at or Bob Kelly of Influencing Youth at


Night Lights
River Roast (315 N. LaSalle St.)
Thursday, November 12, 2015

Get to know The Night Ministry’s Associate Board on Thursday, November 12 at Night Lights, an evening of music, cocktails and giving. Night Lights is 6:30 – 9:30 at River Roast (315 N. LaSalle St.). Tickets are $65 and include drinks, games, music and appetizers. All proceeds from Night Lights benefit The Night Ministry.To purchase tickets please click here.


Donor Advised Funds

A donor advised fund (DAF) is a charitable giving program that allows you to combine the most favorable tax benefits with the flexibility to support your favorite causes. If you have a donor advised fund, DAF Direct enables you to recommend grants to The Night Ministry, directly from your DAF (as long as your DAF’s sponsoring organization is participating).


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