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What Does The Night Ministry Do?

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, each year we provide services to 5,200 adults, teens, pregnant and new moms who have nowhere else to go.

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PegIn Memoriam

Peg Thomson, a longtime friend of The Night Ministry, passed away on October 9, 2015. 

Peg and her late husband Andy supported The Night Ministry’s mission in many ways over the years. They were critical in helping our programs expand and reach more youth and adults experiencing homelessness and poverty in Chicago.

Our thoughts are with all who knew and loved Peg. 


LaurieIn Memoriam

It is with a heavy heart that we inform you that Laurie Neu, Treasurer of The Night Ministry’s Board of Directors, passed away on Saturday, September 12.

Laurie joined the Board of Directors in 2007 and served three terms as Chair, from January 1, 2011 until December 31, 2013, before which she served as Secretary.  She has served as Treasurer since the beginning of 2014.

During Laurie’s first term as Board Chair, The Night Ministry opened The Crib, an overnight emergency shelter for homeless youth ages 18-24, as a 4-month pilot program.  Laurie led the Board of Directors as the program expanded into a year-round program of The Night Ministry and eventually was replicated city-wide by the City of Chicago.

Laurie was a tireless advocate of The Night Ministry’s work.  She took great delight in getting to know our staff and supporting them.  She was an incredible leader and her legacy at The Night Ministry will touch the lives of many for years to come.

Laurie’s family has selected The Night Ministry as a recipient of memorial gifts.  To make a gift in memory of Laurie, please click here.


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

November 2015 E-Newsletter: November is National Runaway Prevention Month

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

Other Ways To Help

Workplace Giving – CFC and United Way

Combined Federal Campaign (CFC)

If you or a loved one are a Federal employee, please designate The Night Ministry as your charity of choice  in this year’s Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) by entering CFC# 75721 and the amount you would like to give. You can make a one-time gift or be a recurring donor and have your monthly contribution automatically deducted from your paycheck. If your Federal office is hosting a CFC Kick-Off Event and would like your co-workers to hear about The Night Ministry, please contact Kelcie Lewis 773-506-6029 or Thank you in advance for making a contribution!

United Way

The Night Ministry may receive contributions through the United Way, even though we are not an affiliated United Way agency. If you work for a company that encourages participation in United Way’s annual campaigns, please consider designating The Night Ministry on your donation form. Look for the section on your donation form that allows you to write in an agency of your choice as the recipient of your donation. Indicate The Night Ministry by listing: The Night Ministry, 4711 N. Ravenswood, Chicago, IL 60640. Please contact Kelcie Lewis at with any questions.

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.

goodshopMake your online purchases through GoodShop and a portion of the purchase will benefit The Night Ministry.


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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.



Mark Your Calendars for #GivingTuesday

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

On the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, you can join a worldwide movement of giving this holiday season on #GivingTuesday. Whether you are able to volunteer your time, give an in-kind gift from a Wish List, or give a donation, you are helping to provide housing, health care, and human connection to youth and adults who are experiencing poverty and homelessness in our community.

Please consider supporting The Night Ministry on Tuesday, December 1!


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Kicks 4 The City

Kicks 4 The City is an organization that focuses its efforts around the holiday season in local communities experiencing poverty or homelessness. There are different ways to get involved with Kicks 4 The City. Monetary donations will be collected to benefit The Night Ministry’s homeless youth shelters. All donations will fund the purchase of brand new shoes for the youth who stay in one of our four youth shelter programs. For more information and to make a donation towards this effort, please visit



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.



Walking in an Aca'Wonderland
Mayne Stage (1328 W. Morse Ave.)
Sunday, December 6th at 6pm

One ticket allows you to experience five different a cappella groups! Each group will be singing a combination of holiday classics and more contemporary songs. All profits from the event will be donated to The Night Ministry. For more information about the event please click here.


Associate Board Fundraiser
Lagunitas Brewing Company (2607 W. 17th St.)
Monday, January 25th at 5:30pm

Please join the Associate Board as they raise funds for The Night Ministry. For more information about the event 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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