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 2012 Financial Audit • FY 2012 Form 990 •Annual Report
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 in our May newsletter.
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 in our Spring Newsletter.
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. Continue reading about The Crib in the Chicago Tribune.
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. Continue reading about The Crib in the RedEye.
Check Out Our Podcast Series:
Podcast 9 - Our Founder, Part 1
Podcast 10 - Our Founder, Part 2
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Keep up to date with the latest news from The Night Ministry!
May 2013 E-Newsletter: International Innovator Works to Help Street-Based Uptown Residents.
June 2013 E-Newsletter: The Night Ministry's President & CEO Paul W. Hamann spoke about the issue of LGBTQ youth homelessness before federal agencies on Monday, May 21 in Washington, DC.
View two recent research reports highlighting our work with pregnant and parenting teens here.