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How You Can Support Our Unhoused Neighbors After Supreme Court Ruling Criminalizing Street Homelessness
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By Carol J. Sharp, MPAPresident & CEO Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court decided that laws criminalizing sleeping in public spaces do not violate the U.S. Constitution, even when individuals are unhoused and their communities do not have sufficient shelter capacity. The Court announced this decision less than 10 days after the City of Chicago r...
Lighting Up the Night 2024 Honoress
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It was our privilege to honor those who have made a lasting contribution to the mission of The Night Ministry and our community at our annual Gala on May 23. Lamplighter Award Chicago Transit Authority The Lamplighter Award symbolizes an unwavering commitment to our mission and to those we serve. Since the fall of 2020, the recipient of the Lamplig...
Video: Illuminating a Path to a Better Tomorrow
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Experience The Night Ministry's impact on the lives of our unhoused neighbors.  The Night Ministry is a beacon of hope for Chicago's most vulnerable residents. Experience how our staff, volunteers, and supporters come together to provide human connection, housing support, and health care to members of our community who are unhoused or exp...
Scenes from Lighting Up the Night 2024
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Thank you to all of our friends who joined us on May 23 at Lighting Up the Night! Because of you, we raised $347,000 in support of our mission to provide human connection, housing support, and health care to those who are unhoused or experiencing poverty. We are closing in on our $100,000 Paddle Raise Goal. Please consider a donation to help us get...
Street Medicine client Jason is now stably housed after close to two decades living unsheltered.
The Night Ministry is Like Family for Street Medicine Client Jason
April Behnke
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Jason struggled with homelessness and addiction on Chicago's streets for nearly two decades. Today, with help from The Night Ministry and a substance use treatment program, he has found permanent housing, stability, and hope. "It means everything to me, having a place. I have the basic necessities. When you're homeless, you don't have a bathroom or...
The Rev. Tom Behrens, The Night Ministry's Founding President & Former CEO, on the Health Outreach Bus.
The Legacy of Tom Behrens
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It is with a heavy heart that we share the news of the passing of Rev. Tom Behrens, the Founding President and Former CEO of The Night Ministry. Tom's vision, dedication, and unwavering commitment to serving our community's most vulnerable members left an indelible mark on our organization and the city of Chicago. As we mourn the loss of Tom and ke...
Outreach and Health Ministry Director David Wywialowski shared photos and reflections during his 25th anniversary celebration at our Bucktown headquarters.
Looking Back on 25 Years of Service
April Behnke
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I started at The Night Ministry in 1998 as an intern, and I never left. And though I have been here for a quarter century now, it feels like time has flown by.  Over these past 25 years, I have witnessed how, at The Night Ministry, we continue to find new ways to fulfill our mission to provide human connection, housing support, and health care...
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
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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
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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...

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