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
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. Check out the article here.
Challenge Grant to Support our Response-Ability Pregnant and Parenting Program
We are pleased to share that The Night Ministry has received a $35,000 challenge grant!
All eligible new or increased donations will be matched by a generous donor, up to $8,750 per donor. Click here to learn more about this opportunity and how to make an eligible donation.
Eight Annual Golf Classic
The event was held on September 23rd at Kemper Lakes Golf Club. Check out the photo album here!
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 all about it!.
The Night Ministry awarded a $15,000 challenge grant!
The Night Ministry has recently been awarded a $15,000 challenge grant by a generous friend of our organization. More information about this grant in our August 2013 E-Newsletter.
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...
Lighting Up the Night Awards Dinner & Auction
The event was held on June 20th at the Four Seasons Chicago. Please click here for more information about the evening.
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.
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Keep up to date with the latest news from The Night Ministry!
December 2013 E-Newsletter: The Crib hosts Thanksgiving dinner for Chicago's homeless youth.
.November 2013 E-Newsletter: Shining a light on The Night Ministry's new look.
October 2013 E-Newsletter: Chicago's first homeless youth count underway, ends October 8.