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.
FY 2015 Financial Audit • FY 2015 Form 990 • Annual Report FY 2015
2016 marks a major milestone in The Night Ministry’s history
In 1976, a group of north side congregations from diverse faith backgrounds founded The Night Ministry to serve individuals on Chicago's nighttime streets who were struggling with loneliness, despair, poverty, substance abuse, homelessness and more. Celebrating our 40th anniversary is more than just recognizing the past. It is about celebrating what we have become.
Today, The Night Ministry and those who support our mission maintain the same unwavering commitment to serving those in need as did the approximately 20 congregations who founded us in 1976. Last year our services touched the lives of thousands of individuals who sought safe housing, quality health care and non-judgmental human connection at our Health Outreach Bus, Youth Outreach Van or one of our five shelter programs for homeless youth.
On behalf of The Night Ministry’s Board of Directors, staff and those whom we serve, thank you for being a part of our 40-year history and for continuing to make our life changing work possible.
Ride Along With The Night Ministry
DePaul University Assistant Director of Visual Content Jamie Moncrief recently published a photo essay in DePaul Magazine after he rode along with The Night Ministry’s Health Outreach Bus three times! Check out his photo essay here.
Homeless shelter The Crib a refuge for young LGBT people
Chicago Tribune reporter Ron Grossman and photographer Jon Kim recently visited The Crib, The Night Ministry’s emergency overnight shelter for youth ages 18 to 24 to learn more about the LGBT youth who stay there. Read more…
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.
Holiday 2016 Summer 2016 Spring 2016
November 2016 E-Newsletter: The Night Ministry Releases Preliminary Findings from 2016 Outreach and Health Ministry Street Survey
February 2016 E-Newsletter: 40 years of Housing, Health Care, and Human Connection
January 2016 E-Newsletter: Stepping it up