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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 2014 Financial AuditFY 2014 Form 990Annual Report FY 2014



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...

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...

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...

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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June 2015 E-Newsletter: Lighting Up the Night Awards Dinner & Auction Raises more than 5% of Annual Budget

April 2015 E-Newsletter: This Month and Every Month - We Appreciate Our Volunteers!

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.

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



Hamburger Mary's (5400 N. Clark St.)
Monday, August 17, 2015

Support The Night Ministry's AIDS Run & Walk Team at Hambingo on Monday, August 17 at 8PM! Join us at Hamburger Mary's (5400 N. Clark St.) for a few rounds of bingo and a lot of great prizes. Get 8 rounds of bingo for just $15. All proceeds benefit The Night Ministry's AIDS Run & Walk team.


AIDS Run & Walk 2015
Soldier Field
Saturday, September 26, 2015

Join The Night Ministry's AIDS Run & Walk team at Soldier Field on Saturday, September 26. We need your help to reach our $10,000 goal. 90% of all money raised by The Night Ministry’s team will be returned directly to The Night Ministry’s HIV Testing Program. Last year The Night Ministry administered more than 700 rapid tests, thanks to AIDS Run & Walk participants! Our trained outreach professionals and Nurse Practitioners administer free rapid HIV tests as well as prevention counseling. Sponsorship opportunities are available! Please contact Stacy at for details. _________________________________

Night Lights
River Roast (315 N. LaSalle St.)
Thursday, November 12, 2015

Get to know The Night Ministry’s Associate Board on Thursday, November 12 at Night Lights, an evening of music, cocktails and giving. Night Lights is 6:30 – 9:30 at River Roast (315 N. LaSalle St.). Tickets are $65 and include drinks, games, music and appetizers. Ticket sales begin on Wednesday, July 15. All proceeds from Night Lights benefit The Night Ministry.


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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