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Youth Programs participants join in the fun at the Health Fair, an event hosted by The Night Ministry and Rush University medical students.
The Night Ministry and Rush University’s Health Fair for Youth Fosters Education and Enjoyment
April Behnke
Announcements
Learning and fun went hand in hand this past June at The Night Ministry's Health Fair for Youth Programs participants, an educational event centered on sharing information about important health topics. The fair, which took place just outside the agency's Bucktown headquarters, was a joint effort cohosted with medical students from Rush Univer...
Beth Warner (left), a paralegal with Legal Aid Chicago, joins the Street Medicine Team every week to help connect clients to public benefits such as food assistance.
Paralegal with Lived Experience Helps Improve Client Access to Public Benefits
April Behnke
Announcements
Every Monday, paralegal Beth Warner joins The Night Ministry's Street Medicine Team as it takes free medical care, survival supplies, and more to those living on Chicago's streets. Working alongside the team, Warner helps clients enroll for public benefits such as Medicaid and food and cash assistance. Warner works for Legal Aid Chicago, a local or...
Good Neighbor Guide Provides Suggestions for Engaging with Unhoused Community Members
April Behnke
Announcements
Should I give money to people who are panhandling? Why do some people experiencing homelessness stay on the streets instead of going to a shelter? What causes homelessness in the first place? If you have ever asked these questions, The Night Ministry now has a Good Neighbor Guide on our website that provides some answers. "A lot of our support...
Lighting Up the Night 2022
burke@thenightministry.org
Announcements
On June 13, 2022, nearly 300 of our friends gathered with our staff and Board of Directors for Lighting Up the Night: An Evening to Benefit The Night Ministry. During our first in-person benefit since 2019, we raised more than $370,000 in support of our mission to provide human connection, housing support, and health care to members ...
Lead Outreach Minister Juan Roca provides coffee to a Health Outreach Bus visitor in Chicago's South Side neighborhood.
Meet Lead Outreach Minister Juan Roca
April Behnke
Announcements
Lead Outreach Minister Juan Roca's passion for his work is palpable. He joined The Night Ministry in the fall of 2019, and since then has become an invaluable part of the agency's Outreach and Health Ministry Program. Roca works on the Health Outreach Bus, a custom-built vehicle that visits neighborhoods across Chicago with high concentrations of p...
The Night Ministry's mission has been featured in the news lately.
The Night Ministry in the News
burke@thenightministry.org
Announcements
Our ongoing work to provide human connection, housing support, and health care to members of our community who are unhoused or experiencing poverty has been featured in the news lately. The Night Ministry transforming lives of Chicago's homeless by bringing services directly to them. Suzanne Le Mignot from CBS 2 Chicago explores how our mission mak...
The South Shore Cultural Center is an important landmark in this South Side neighborhood.
Community Spotlight: South Shore
April Behnke
Announcements
In the second installment of our series spotlighting neighborhoods we're active in across the city, South Shore takes centerstage. Located on Chicago's South Side along Lake Michigan, the community boasts natural beauty and plenty of assets including beachfront property, civic engagement, and architectural gems like the South Shore Cultural Center....
A color-coded map issued by the federal government in 1940 showing the southern portion of the metro Chicago area. Neighborhoods in red, where African Americans lived, were deemed too risky for investment.
Decades of Systemic Housing Discrimination Contribute to the Overrepresentation of Black Americans Among the Nation’s Homeless
burke@thenightministry.org
Announcements
As The Night Ministry continues its series of articles exploring the intersection between race and homelessness, we delve into a theme that weaves through more than a century of national and local history: how systemic housing discrimination has contributed to disproportionate numbers of Black Americans among those experiencing poverty and homeless...
One of the eight redesigned bedrooms at the Parenting with Purpose program.
Pregnant and Parenting Program Bedrooms Get Special Makeovers
burke@thenightministry.org
Announcements
The young mothers and children who reside at The Night Ministry's Parenting with Purpose transitional living program are enjoying homey bedrooms uniquely designed for the comfort and privacy of families, thanks to a partnership with nonprofit Humble Design Chicago. Humble Design Chicago provides custom interior design services and furnishings for t...
Chief of Staff Traci Rivera came to The Night Ministry with extensive experience in both non-profit and for-profit settings.
Meet Chief of Staff Traci Rivera
April Behnke
Announcements
Traci Rivera joined The Night Ministry in the newly created role of Chief of Staff in 2020. With an extensive career in both the non-profit and for-profit sectors, she brings her deep knowledge and experience to bare in helping to guide decision making and implementation across the agency. We asked her to share about her background and her role at ...
Black Americans are overrepresented in the population of people experiencing homelessness compared to their share of the overall U.S. population.
Homelessness in the African American Community is Disproportionately High, with Causes Deeply Rooted in the Nation's Past
April Behnke
Announcements
Homelessness is disproportionately experienced among historically marginalized groups in the United States, but for Black Americans, the disparity is especially stark. In Chicago, for example, despite making up about 30% of the general population, according to the City of Chicago 2021 Homeless Point-in-Time Count & Survey Report, African A...
Youth Diversion Specialist Anthony Monterroso helps his clients identify the resources they already have which could help them quickly end their experiences of homelessness. 
The Night Ministry Pilots Program to Quickly End Youth Experiences of Homelessness
April Behnke
Announcements
From The Crib emergency overnight shelter to its transitional living programs that offer up to two years of supportive housing, The Night Ministry's Youth Housing Programs provide a continuum of care for young people who are struggling with homelessness. Now, a new diversion program piloted by the agency aims to quickly end the amount of time that ...

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