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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: Spring 2016 Winter 2015 Fall 2015

E-Newsletter Archive

February 2016 E-Newsletter: 40 years of Housing, Health Care, and Human Connection

January 2016 E-Newsletter: Stepping it up

December 2015 E-Newsletter: Happy Holidays!

November 2015 E-Newsletter: November is National Runaway Prevention Month


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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. _________________________________


Lighting Up the Night
The Loews Chicago Hotel (455 N. Park Dr.)
Wednesday, June 1st at 5:30 p.m.

Save The Date! Please join us for the Lighting Up the Night on Wednesday, June 1st at The Loews Chicago Hotel. This is a particularly special event, as The Night Ministry will be celebrating 40 years of providing housing, health care, and human connection to adults and youth experiencing poverty and homelessness in our community. To purchase a sponsorship, tickets or to make a donation please click here. For more information about the event please click here.



Join The Night Ministry’s Team on Saturday, June 25, 2016 for the Greater Chicago Food Depository's 31st Annual Hunger Walk. The event, a family-friendly 5K walk along the lakefront and Chicago's largest anti-hunger rally, raises awareness of hunger in our community and benefits food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters in Cook County. Join Now!



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.


Other Ways To Help

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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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