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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, 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 990
Annual Report FY 2013



The Campaign for The Night Ministry’s Bus
On November 6, The Night Ministry’s President, Paul W. Hamann, announced The Campaign for The Night Ministry’s Bus.  The  $750,000 Campaign includes $292,000 for the purchase of a new 38-foot customized Health Outreach Bus, and $458,000 to expand our Health Outreach Bus Services over three years.  For more information about the Campaign, please click here. Donors from across the Chicagoland area have been extremely generous!  Check the progress of the Campaign here.  If you would like to make a donation to the Campaign, please contact Christy Prassas at or 773-506-6011.

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.

Daily Whale Q & A with Paul W. Hamann
Daily Whale-  a comprehensive online information service for businesses and professionals with a significant stake in government actions- sat down with The Night Ministry’s President, Paul W. Hamann recently to chat about The Night Ministry's services, our new logo, and our upcoming Bus Campaign. Read more...

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...

The Crib to Remain Open Year-Round
The Crib will remain open year-round under new funding announced by the City of Chicago in February.  While the funding will allow The Crib to stay open year-round, it does not cover the entire program cost. Read more...

Youth Parliament Teaches Leadership, Job Skills
In 2010, The Night Ministry's Youth Outreach Team wanted to get youth more involved in program development. They saw that many of the youth The Night Ministry worked with would benefit from developing their leadership skills, and so Youth Outreach Coordinator Jen Rude, in conjunction with another staff member, started Youth Parliament. The group has been a huge success, and already over 22 youth have completed the leadership program. Read more...

Number of homeless youths on the rise
At The Crib, a shelter for 18- to 24-year-olds in the Lakeview neighborhood, 9 p.m. is a stressful time. That’s when the 20 youths who will get beds that night are randomly chosen. On a recent Monday, Lawrence Herbert, 19, originally from Evanston, lucked out. He’d have a place to sleep that night, but that’s not always the case. Read more...

Homeless, but not alone
Maya Smith's go-to shelter has been The Crib, located in the Lakeview Lutheran Church, ever since she decided to become homeless. Her mother died of breast cancer when she was in seventh grade. For four years, she lived with her sister until some personality clashes led her to leave behind her home in Roseland a few weeks before Christmas. Other family members don't know Smith is sleeping at homeless shelters, she said. 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: Spring 2014Winter 2013 Fall 2013

E-Newsletter Archive

April 2014 E-Newsletter: The Night Ministry advocates for homeless youth on Capitol Hill.

March 2014 E-Newsletter: Street Outreach Research Reveals Harsh Realities.

February 2014 E-Newsletter:The Night Ministry a lead agency in Point-in-Time Homeless Count.

We Need Your Help

MakeaGift 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.


SealBBBThe Better Business Bureau (BBB) approved The Night Ministry as an accredited charity in July! The Night Ministry meets all 20 BBB Charity Standards.


EventsUpcoming Events


motherMake a gift in honor or in memory of someone close to you!

Making a donation to The Night Ministry is a meaningful way to honor or to remember someone special. Your gift reflects your desire to make a lasting impact on the lives of others, just as your honoree has done for you. To commemorate your gift, we will send a special card to the honoree or the family of the person you are remembering. If you are honoring someone on Mother’s Day with a gift to The Night Ministry, we have a special themed card. To make a gift in honor or in memory of someone close to you, please call Stacy Massey at 773-506-6005.


Associate Board Fundraiser
Save The Date - May 27, 2014

Join The Night Ministry's Associate Board on Tuesday, May 27 for bottomless brews at Revolution Brewing! Click here to learn more about the Associate Board or to buy tickets to the event.


Lighting Up the Night  Awards Dinner & Auction Save The Date - June 3, 2014

Mark your calendars! The Night Ministry's 2014 Lighting Up the Night Awards Dinner & Auction will take place on Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at the Four Seasons Hotel. We are pleased to announce that Ken Perlmutter, Founder and President of PERL Mortgage, Inc., will chair this year's Lighting Up the Night. For more information about the event, to buy a sponsorship, tickets, or make a donation please click here.


GreaterFoodThe 29th Annual Hunger Walk
Save The Date - June 21, 2014

The Greater Chicago Food Depository will host the 29th Annual Hunger Walk on June 21, 2014 at Soldier Field. Your participation in the Hunger Walk provides us with credits toward our account at the GCFD!  Registration will open at 7 a.m. and the walk will step off at 8:30 a.m. Registration starts in mid-April! For more information about Hunger Walk, stay tuned to our website! 


Logo The Night Ministry is pleased to be a beneficiary of Proud to Run. This year's 10K and 5K Run/Walk will take place the morning of June 28 at Montrose Harbor.  Until May 31, sign up using code NightMin2014 for a registration discount.  For more information about this year's race check out this flyer or Proud to Run's website.   


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.

Looking for a good book to read? Check out Warming Up, a novel, by lawyer, author, playwright, Mary Hutchings Reed. 10% of the proceeds from book sales will go to The Night Ministry.

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


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