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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.

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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...

Acacia Park Lutheran Church members hit the streets of Pilsen with food, clothes

Karie Angell Luc, a reporter for the Norridge & Harwood Heights wing of the Chicago Tribune, recently came out to Pilsen to learn more about Acacia Park Lutheran Church’s collaboration with The Night Ministry. Read more...

FOX 32's Darlene Hill visits Open Door Shelter – West Town

Ever wonder how young people who are facing homelessness cope with harsh winters? FOX 32’s Darlene Hill talked with Allison McCann-Stevenson from Open Door Shelter – West Town to hear more about just that. Read more...

City of Chicago Warming Centers

As temperatures drop in Chicago, it’s good to know that the City operates 6 regional warming centers during the work week.  On weekends and holidays, other City of Chicago facilities are available.  During overnight shelters, emergency overnight shelters are available for those who need them.  If you or someone you know needs to access a Warming Center this winter, please call 3-1-1 or click here for more information.

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.

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E-Newsletter Archive

March 2015 E-Newsletter: EXPANSION: Health Outreach Program Reaches 250 Hours of Service Each Month

February 2015 E-Newsletter: Interpreters Join Health Outreach Team in Pilsen, Humboldt Park 

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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 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.

The Homestretch will air on April 13 at 9 PM CST on WTTW 11 and PBS affiliates nationwide!

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



Lighting Up the Night Awards Dinner & Auction
The Standard Club
Thursday, 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, make a donation or buy tickets please click here.


Revolution Brewpub Fundraiser
Revolution Brewing (2323 N Milwaukee Ave.)
Monday, May 4, 7-9 PM

Join The Night Ministry's Associate Board on Monday, May 4 for an open bar of local brews at Revolution Brewing! Tickets are $35 and include drinks as well as appetizers. All proceeds benefit individuals struggling with homelessness and poverty in Chicago. Purchase your tickets here!


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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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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