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Our Founding
In 1976, concern about the impact of loneliness, despair, substance abuse, and homelessness on people prompted 18 congregations of diverse faiths to found The Night Ministry – originally known as The Northside Ecumenical Night Ministry.

They hired one employee, Tom Behrens. His job? Outreach on the nighttime streets of Lakeview and Lincoln Park.

Tom Behrens developed our programs from what we learned about the life circumstances and needs of the people we were serving.

With Tom’s guidance, The Night Ministry emerged from being a one-man operation touching hundreds of lives, to an organization that helps thousands of youth and adults each year .

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