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Non-profit Organizations

Alternatives Inc.
A youth and family agency building on the strengths of young people by focusing on leadership development, prevention of violence and substance abuse, academic enrichment and counseling. Alternatives is a Community-Based Youth Services agency providing social services to minors who are residing in The Night Ministry's youth housing programs, and who are working toward family reunification.

Blue Sky Inn
Dedicated, trained volunteers conduct cultural and recreational activities for Interim Housing Program residents at Open Door Youth Shelter - West Town and at our Youth Drop-In Program at the Broadway Youth Center. Activities ranging from creating collages to making cookies are designed to encourage youth and improve their self-confidence and self-esteem.

Broadway Youth Center
The Night Ministry is a community partner with this collaboration that provides services to homeless, at-risk, and/or LGBTQ youth. Other organizations include: Howard Brown Health Centers, Children Memorial Hospital, and other community partners.

Center on Halsted
The Night Ministry's Youth Services staff work with the Center on Halsted on a variety of youth-serving projects.

Chicago Coalition for the Homeless
The Night Ministry is a member organization, and serves on the Homeless Youth Committee. The Coalition works with The Night Ministry on their work with H.E.L.L.O. (Homeless Experts Living Life's Obstacles), the youth activism group.

Chicago Recovery Alliance
Chicago Recovery Alliance staff and peer outreach workers provide services at some of our youth outreach locations alongside our program.

Community Supportive Living Systems
Community Supportive Living Systems, Inc. (CSLS) is a non profit IRS 501 (c) 3 tax-exempt community based organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for persons who are homeless. The primary mission of CSLS is to provide transitional housing services for those youth, single adults, and families who lack the resources to make full transition to self-sufficiency.

First Slice
First Slice regularly provides delicious gourmet food and volunteers for our Youth Outreach street events and Drop-In Program at the Broadway Youth Center.

Greater Chicago Food Depository
The Night Ministry purchases food in bulk at discounted rates from the Greater Chicago Food Depository. We also send extremely large groups to volunteer on our behalf, when we cannot accommodate them. Each year, The Night Ministry creates a team to participate in the Greater Chicago Food Depository's Hunger Walk.

Healthy Teen Network
The Night Ministry participates in this organization dedicated to helping young people make healthy, responsible choices about sex and contraception, and helping pregnant and parenting teens stay in school.

Lakeview Action Coalition
The Night Ministry is a member organization of the Lakeview Action Coalition (LAC). The Coalition is made up of 40 institutional members. Lakeview Action Coalition is a non-profit, multi-issue community organization. LAC enables its members to act on their values in public life by participating in the decisions that shape our community’s future. LAC helps people organize around issues affecting their members and by developing leaders through training, action and reflection. Since their founding in 1993, they have stood for justice, solidarity and diversity. Includes the Youth Allies program.

Lakeview YMCA
In its activities, programs, and relationships, the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago is guided by the core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. Some of the youth residing at our Open Door Youth Shelter program are able to use the facilities.

Mercy Housing
The Night Ministry refers clients to the affordable housing and supportive programs provided by Mercy Housing to improve the economic status of residents, transform neighborhoods and stabilize lives.

National Runaway Switchboard
The Night Ministry works with National Runaway Switchboard to co-sponsor Youth-At-Risk Trainings. Additionally, National Runaway Switchboard hosts a Thanksgiving Dinner for youth from The Night Ministry's programs and other agencies.

New Moms, Inc.
The Night Ministry refers youth to services provided by New Moms and vice versa.

Organization of the NorthEast (O.N.E.)
The Night Ministry is a member of the Organization of the NorthEast (ONE), a community organization serving the Chicago communities of Uptown, Edgewater, East Rogers Park and West Rogers Park as well as parts of North Center and Lincoln Square. ONE's mission is to build and sustain a successful mixed economic, multi-ethnic community on the north lakefront of Chicago. Throughout its history, ONE has been successful at building relationships between the diverse groups on the north side and at helping those coalitions successfully advocate for resources to serve the whole community. The Night Ministry’s Outreach & Health Ministry program operates in the Uptown neighborhood.

Ravenswood Industrial Council
The Night Ministry is a member of this Industrial Chamber of Commerce that serves to address issues of concern to the business owners and operators in the Ravenswood and Addison Industrial Corridors. 

SGA Youth and Family Services
Their programs combine a therapeutic approach with practical life skills and information that young people need to make good choices, perform well academically and lead healthy productive lives. These services fall in the following areas: School Based Services, Teen Parenting Services, Juvenile Justice and Homeless Youth Services, and Community Development, Advocacy, Drug Abuse Prevention Initiatives and Education.

Teen Living Programs
The Night Ministry works with Teen Living Programs on a number of youth-serving projects, and exchanges services for clients.

Test Positive Aware Network (TPAN)
TPAN empowers people living with HIV through peer-led programming, support services, information dissemination, and advocacy. They also provide services to the broader community to increase HIV knowledge and sensitivity, and to reduce the risk of infection. They work with some of The Night Ministry’s clients.

Youth Service Project
The Night Ministry works with the Youth Service Project, which, like The Night Ministry, strives to enhance the quality of life for youth, families and the community.

Young Women’s Empowerment Project
Their mission is to offer safe, respectful, free of judgment spaces for girls and young women impacted by the sex trade and street economies to recognize their goals, dreams and desires. The Night Ministry refers individuals to their services, and partners with them in Harm Reduction Trainings.

Congregational Groups

Breaking Bread
The Night Ministry's HIV Testing & Prevention Team provides on-site testing for individuals attending LaSalle Street Church's Breaking Bread program.

Health Service Providers

Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center Dental Van
The program specially equipped van travels alongside The Night Ministry’s Health Outreach Bus once a month to treat underserved populations with limited access to dental care.

Children’s Memorial Hospital
One of the community partners at the Broadway Youth Center.

Counseling Center of Lakeview
The Night Ministry refers youth in our programs to no cost services at CCLV.

Heartland Health Outreach
Heartland Alliance is a service-based, human rights organization focused on investments in and solutions for Chicago's most poor and vulnerable men, women, and children in our society. The Night Ministry refers clients to their health services.

Howard Brown Health Centers
A key partner in the Broadway Youth Center. Youth in our Continuing Care program, and youth served by our Youth Outreach Team are able to shop in the Brown Elephant with vouchers.

Illinois Caucus on Adolescent Health
To promote a positive approach to adolescent sexual health and comprehensive support for young parents through Leadership development, Policy analysis and development, Advocacy, and Training.

Government Related Organizations

Chicago Commission on Human Relations
The Night Ministry participates in work with the Chicago Commission on Human Relations, an agency of the City of Chicago, which enforces the Chicago Human Rights Ordinance and the Chicago Fair Housing Ordinance.

Chicago Continuum of Care
The Night Ministry is a member organization of the Chicago Continuum of Care - a consortium of more than 200 partners, including homeless service providers, advocacy groups, foundations, government agencies, and homeless persons themselves, all of whom have come together to end homelessness in Chicago. The Chicago Continuum of Care is the organization responsible for the implementation of Chicago’s 10-year plan to end homelessness. The Night Ministry participates in the Continuum through involvement in two constituency groups, the youth provider constituency group and the interim housing provider constituency group. Each of these constituency groups maintains a seat on the Continuum’s Governing Board, the body charged with overseeing and directing the work of the organization.

Chicago Department of Public Health
In addition to receiving funding from the Chicago Department of Public Health, The Night Ministry works with members of CDPH on a variety of committees working to improve quality and access to health care for underserved individuals.

Chicago HIV Prevention Planning Group       
The Night Ministry is a member of this coalition of organizations that do HIV prevention work. The City of Chicago meets with members to receive HIV infection rates and demographics, and to develop further prevention planning. As one of the cities directly funded by the CDC, Chicago has its own prevention planning group. The HPPG is a demographically diverse group of volunteers from agencies concerned with the prevention of HIV, as well as consumers of services, who work with the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) to develop a comprehensive HIV prevention plan to reduce/stop the spread of HIV disease among Chicagoans.

Partnership to End Homelessness
The Partnership to End Homelessness is a coalition of agencies that provide housing and services to people who are homeless. Founded in 1999, the Partnership works as leader in the movement to end homelessness.

Region 5 Consortium YouthNet
Youth service agencies receiving Chicago Department of Children and Youth Services funding, meet once a month to discuss their program updates and ways they can collaborate to offer a wider range of programs to meet the needs of Chicago’s youth.

Other Organizations

Illinois Collaboration on Youth(ICOY)
The Night Ministry is a member of ICOY, a coalition of community-based youth service agencies committed to the improvement of the quality of life for young people. ICOY believes that young people are capable of making responsible decisions affecting their lives and will be supported their efforts to effectively participate in affecting those institutions and systems that influence their lives.

Mobile Health Providers Coalition
The Mobile Health Providers Coalition (MHPC) of Chicago is a growing network of organizations, all of which provide health, social service, and/or dental education and care via mobile medical clinics in Chicago and the surrounding areas. On a quarterly basis, we gather to share information and network with one another. The discussion is always lively and runs the gamut from generators to costs per patient and much more, but we always end up helping each other and learning an immense amount from one another. In addition to sharing information and networking to improve each individual organization's operations, additional objectives include

National Network for Youth
The Night Ministry is a member of this national network of youth serving agencies, exchanging best practices and training updates.

System of Care for Youth in Transition
A collaboration of organizations providing transitional living services to youth in Chicago.

Youth Workers Collective
Collaborators: The Night Ministry, Howard Brown Health Centers, Children’s Memorial Hospital. The Youth Workers Collective gathers people from all over Chicago who work with at-risk youth for training, consultation, collaboration, and support. The collective meets monthly every first Friday of each month. Locations cycle. For meeting details, contact Heather Bradley at 773-506-3119 or via email.

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