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We go beyond helping our residents resolve their housing issues. We want them to see themselves as people of value, capable of learning to make healthy decisions.

The youth we serve face multiple, difficult challenges beyond their homelessness, including family dysfunction, lack of education or life skills, and social isolation. For many of our residents, the stability of our youth housing programs is their first exposure to a structured, safe, and supportive living situation.

Our programs provide safe, stable housing, meals, and guidance. Staff help each resident develop a plan to achieve self-sufficiency, setting goals in the areas of education, health care, job training, and next stage housing.

Our 120-Day Interim Program: A professionally-staffed 120-day program operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Each year, we serve nearly 200 youth, ages 14-21, and their children with interim shelter and supportive services. Open Door is the only short-term shelter in Chicago that works with pregnant and parenting teens as young as 14.

Our Transitional Living Program: STEPS aims to transition teens age 16-23 from homeless to independent living within two years.

Our Pregnant and Parenting Program: The Night Ministry’s Open Door program is the only shelter in Chicago that will work with pregnant or parenting teens as young as 14. We operate a 120-day interim housing program dedicated to serving pregnant or parenting runaway, throw away, or homeless youth and their children.

First-Step Housing Program: The Crib is our overnight youth shelter for ages 18-24. The Crib opens daily at 9 p.m. and closes the next morning at 9 a.m. Guests at The Crib get their basic needs met, including dinner and snacks, breakfast in the morning, access to showers and laundry, and a warm bed for the night.

Phoenix Hall : This housing space is designed intentionally for students experiencing housing instability in North Lawndale. It is a collaborative effort of The Night Ministry, Old St. Patrick’s Church and Empower to Succeed, Youth Outreach Services, and North Lawndale College Prep High School, under the umbrella of the North Lawndale Student Housing Initiative.

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