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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 2013 Financial AuditFY 2013 Form 990Annual Report FY 2013


Nurse Nancy - a life of service to others

It is with much sadness that we inform you that Nancy Schreiber, known as "Nurse Nancy" to many who knew her, passed away on Thursday, December 4.

Nancy was a dedicated Outreach Nurse who worked on The Night Ministry's Health Outreach Bus since 2001. Nancy provided vitally needed health care to the poor and homeless who visit the Bus. As a member of The Night Ministry's health care team, she also visited homeless shelters, providing nursing services to those who were in residence.

With Nancy's passing, there is no doubt that those whom The Night Ministry serves have lost a valuable friend, tireless advocate, and loving health care provider.
Although grieving the loss of a beloved colleague, The Night Ministry's staff and volunteers are inspired by Nancy's dedication to her work with those in need: she was serving on the Bus less than two weeks ago, before her health situation dramatically changed.  In her spirit, we have made provisions for the Bus to be on the streets, providing services, without interruption during this time of loss.  

We thank you for keeping Nancy’s family, friends, patients and colleagues in your thoughts as we remember Nancy’s extraordinary life of love and service.




The Night Ministry’s Bus Brings Miracles

StreetWise Editor-in-Chief Suzanne Hanney joins The Night Ministry’s Health Outreach Bus Celebration as well as our first night of extended services at the South Shore Health Outreach Stop. Read more…

Chicago Sees More Homeless Youth, Especially African Americans

Rashad Davis said he found himself in a situation at 16 years old where he was about to end up homeless, but a friend’s parent took him in. Davis was fortunate enough to have someone else open up their home to him, but many Chicago youth, particularly African American youth, are not as fortunate. 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…

USA Today journalist Giovanna Breu visited The Night Ministry's Youth Outreach Team
USA Today journalist Giovanna Breu visited The Night Ministry's Youth Outreach Team to see what we are doing to create a safe, supportive environment for high-risk populations like transgender youth, African Americans and young Hispanics to access HIV testing. The story landed on the front page of USA Today’s Nation Section. Read more...

Alan Krashesky of ABC 7 Newsviews on Homelessness
Melissa Maguire, The Night Ministry's Director of Performance Measurement, sits down with Ed Shurna from Chicago Coalition for the Homeless and ABC7 to talk about what causes homelessness, what homelessness looks like and what’s being done to help those in need. Check out the video, which aired Sunday, December 1, here.

Cops go extra mile for homeless woman
A great collaborative effort between The Night Ministry’s Health Outreach Bus and the Chicago Police Department helps a woman who is suffering horribly access the care she needs. Read more...

Low-threshold Shelters: A First Step Toward Improving Well-being
The Crib focuses on moving young people off the streets. It provides access to knowledgeable and caring adults, a sense of stability and some degree of structure with regular schedules and chores. 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.

Latest Newsletters: Winter 2014 Fall 2014 Summer 2014 Spring 2014

E-Newsletter Archive

November 2014 E-Newsletter: Giving Tuesday, December 2nd.

October 2014 E-Newsletter: Health Outreach Bus sustains major damage in Wicker Park, services continue without interruption.

September 2014 E-Newsletter: Departing Public Ally shares his "360 Experience".

August 2014 E-Newsletter: Runners Gear up for AIDS Run & Walk 2014.

July 2014 E-Newsletter: Youth Outreach Team Celebrates a Happy Un-Birthday.





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Holiday Cards:The Gifts that Keep on Giving
Some friends and family are challenging to choose gifts for. Maybe they already own all the hip, new kitchen gadgets and are very picky about their pajamas. This holiday season, you can make a donation to The Night Ministry in lieu of purchasing gifts for those hard-to-shop-for people in your life. Learn more about The Night Ministry’s selection of holiday cards here.


The Night Ministry’s new agency video!
This video was made possible by a grant from Chicago Cause. Check out the new video 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.


CFCCombined Federal Campaign

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 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 Tedd Peso at 773-506-6011 or  Thank you in advance for making a contribution!



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!


EventsUpcoming Events


Lighting Up the Night Awards Dinner & Auction
The Standard Club
June 4, 2015

Join The Night Ministry at The Standard Club on Thursday, June 4 as we present awards to several of our dedicated supporters. For more information about the event click here. _________________________________

Other Ways To Help

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).

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.

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


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