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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.

FY 2015 Financial AuditFY 2015 Form 990 Annual Report FY 2015


2016 marks a major milestone in The Night Ministry’s history

Our 40th Anniversary!

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.

Latest Newsletters: Holiday 2016 Summer 2016 Spring 2016

E-Newsletter Archive

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


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We Need Your Help


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.

It’s easy to make a gift on your smartphone too! Simply text NIGHT to 243725, click on the link in the response text, and make a tax-deductible gift to The Night Ministry.


Multi-year Challenge Grant
We are pleased to share that The Night Ministry has received a $50,000 multi-year challenge grant!
All eligible new or increased donations will be matched by a generous donor, up to $6,250 per donor per year. Click here to learn more about this opportunity and how to make an eligible donation.


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.




Lighting Up The Night Awards Dinner & Auction
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Loews Chicago Hotel

The event will take place on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at Loews Chicago Hotel.  We are thrilled that Anne Pramaggiore, President and CEO of ComEd will chair the event and Robert H. Jordan, Jr., veteran newsman of WGN-TV and Board Member Emeritus of The Night Ministry, will serve as the emcee.  We are also pleased to announce that the Joseph & Bessie Feinberg Foundation will receive The Night Ministry’s Lamplighter Award. Click here for more information. 



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.


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