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Kimberly, a member of The Night Ministry’s Youth 4 Truth program, is the subject of a documentary now streaming at wttw.com/firsthand. Photo by Lloyd DeGrane for WTTW.
Youth Leader Speaks Out for Unhoused Mothers in New Documentary Series
April Behnke
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Last fall, Kimberly opened her life up to a video crew from WTTW, Chicago's PBS station, for a documentary series about homelessness told through the lives of those who are experiencing it. She is well poised to do so. As a member of Youth 4 Truth, The Night Ministry's leadership program for young people, Kimberly has a passion for advocacy and is ...
Youth 4 Truth member Adalina obtained an apartment through a Rapid Rehousing event.
A Stable Home and Advocacy Work Empower Youth Leader Adalina
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Adalina now has a home of her own. But the 20-year-old knows what it is like to experience housing instability. In recent months, she has stayed temporarily with family and friends and in shelters and housing programs, including at The Crib, The Night Ministry's emergency overnight shelter for young people, as well as its short-term youth housing p...
Carol J. Sharp is the President & CEO of The Night Ministry
One Decision Can Change a Life
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By Carol J. Sharp, President & CEO One decision. One decision has the power to shift the trajectory of your life. When I was two years old, I experienced housing insecurity. For approximately five years, my sister and I navigated Chicago, traveling from a foster home located on the South Side in the Englewood neighborhood to visit my biological...
Outreach and Health Ministry Program Client Advisory Board members attend a meeting at The Night Ministry’s headquarters.
New Client Advisory Board Gives Platform to Those Served by Health Outreach Program
April Behnke
Announcements
This summer, The Night Ministry launched a Client Advisory Board for those served by its Outreach and Health Ministry Program, which brings health care, supportive services, and resources directly to people who are unhoused. Client Advisory Board members are recipients of the program's services who wish to provide feedback and gather information on...
Parenting with Purpose Alum Constance and her daughter celebrate their graduation from the Assocation House program.
Alternative High School and Daycare Program Meets Needs of Young Mothers of Parenting with Purpose
April Behnke
Announcements
The residents of Parenting with Purpose, The Night Ministry's housing program for young mothers and their kids, have long benefited from the agency's partnership with the Association House High School, a free, non–traditional education program based in Humboldt Park. The school provides a path to graduation for 16- to 21-year-olds facing educationa...
Night Lights 2023
April Behnke
Announcements
On October 5, 2023, we gathered together for Night Lights, the annual gala hosted by The Night Ministry's Associate Board, at Marshall's Landing in Merchandise Mart. Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, the event raised more than $90,000 for two of our shelter programs: Interim Housing, which offers short-term housing for young people, ...
How and if Health Outreach clients access health care services varies across the CTA Outreach, Street Medicine, and Health Outreach Bus programs.
Health Outreach Programs Serve Populations with Distinct Housing and Health Challenges
April Behnke
Announcements
By Damian Nelson, Director, Learning and Impact The strength of The Night Ministry's three Outreach and Health Ministry Programs is their ability to tailor their approaches to better help Chicago residents who are unhoused or experiencing poverty. The Health Outreach Bus, Street Medicine Team, and CTA Outreach Program each serve unique populations ...
Henry Merrill is the Supervisor of the Pathways Transitional Living Program.
Pathways Is a Place to Make a Soft Landing
April Behnke
Announcements
By Henry Merrill, Pathways Transitional Living Program Supervisor At The Night Ministry's Youth Housing Programs, we are in the unique position of helping young people who are unhoused find a home with us, while we support them in finding a more permanent home of their own. The program I supervise, Pathways Transitional Living, provides up to two y...
Housing Case Manager Maya Rudder delivers necessities to the home of a Flexible Housing Pool for Youth participant.
Flexible Housing Pool Case Managers Support Stability and Growth
April Behnke
Announcements
Since launching in 2020, the Flexible Housing Pool for Youth, a collaboration between the Center for Housing and Health and other Chicago nonprofits, has helped 325 unhoused young adults access permanent housing through rent subsidies and supportive services. The Night Ministry plays a key role in the program by offering ongoing case management to ...
Barbara Bolsen was a longtime and beloved employee of The Night Ministry.
Remembering Barbara Bolsen
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It is with deep sadness that we inform you that Barbara (Barb) Bolsen, The Night Ministry's former Vice President of Strategic Partnerships and Community Engagement, passed away on Wednesday, August 16. Barb joined The Night Ministry in 1997 after leaving a 20-year career in journalism and graduating from Chicago Theological Seminary. Barb once tol...
Carol J. Sharp joins The Night Ministry as President & CEO.
Carol Sharp Joins The Night Ministry as President & CEO
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After a national search, human services leader Carol J. Sharp has been named President & Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of The Night Ministry. Sharp assumed her responsibilities on August 14, 2023. A Chicago native, Sharp brings a deep passion for serving marginalized communities. Throughout her career, she has been dedicated to enhancing t...
A client receives a cup of coffee at the Humboldt Park stop of the Health Outreach Bus.
Health Outreach Bus Survey Shows Clients Face Housing and Income Instability
April Behnke
Announcements
Finding a stable place to live, getting enough to eat, and receiving health care when they need it – these are the everyday concerns of many of the community members who visit The Night Ministry's Health Outreach Bus, according to a recent survey from the agency's Learning and Impact department. The Bus travels to Chicago neighborhoods with disprop...

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