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Kellogg MBA candidate Dan Kish is finishing up his term as a Board Fellow on The Night Ministry's Board of Directors.
Kellogg Board Fellows Serve and Learn at The Night Ministry
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Every year, a select group of students from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management join the boards of Chicago-area nonprofits as ex-officio members, tackling strategic projects while gaining valuable experience in board governance. The Night Ministry has been one of those organizations for more than a decade, one of the reasons Kell...
Dr. Ralph Ryan consults with a patient on a chilly Saturday while making the rounds with the Street Medicine Team. Photo by Lloyd DeGrane.
Physician Brings Decades of Hospital Experience to the Streets of Chicago
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After 35 years as an interventional cardiologist in Michigan, Dr. Ralph Ryan is now practicing on the streets of Chicago. Ryan provides free health care to individuals who are experiencing homelessness, as a volunteer physician with The Night Ministry's Outreach and Health Ministry Program, most often on the Street Medicine Team. Being part of a te...
Residents prepare dinner at Phoenix Hall, The Night Ministry's housing program for high school students experiencing homelessness.
Phoenix Hall Expands Its Mission to Serve a Wider Base of Students and Their Families
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It's been a year of milestones at Phoenix Hall, capped off by six of the program's residents graduating from high school. Located in Chicago's West Lawndale neighborhood, Phoenix Hall is The Night Ministry's residence for high schoolers experiencing housing instability. It's named after the mascot of North Lawndale College Prep High School, which, ...
For My Daughter - 04/18/2019
In My Own Words: For My Daughter - 04/18/2019
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A poem by Tiana Johnson The world I wish to give to you. Though you are my world at the age of two. Growing and changing with phases of the sun. Seems that just yesterday you were only 1. Waking every morning with a smile that is true. I can only hope to be as patient as you. Forgiveness is in you, and love radiates from. For 777 days I have b...
In My Own Words: Music Saved My Life
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By Daniel Barber Writing and performing music saved my life. When you're locked up, there's not much to do. I'd always loved poetry, so I spent my time reading, writing, and focusing on my vocabulary. Life doesn't always go your way, and to snap out of my depressive state, I had to put my thoughts into words on paper. Being homeless is tough. But I...
Individuals experiencing homelessness often face multiple hurdles as they pursue permanent housing.
No Clear Path to Housing for Many Who Experience Homelessness
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The process of renting an apartment or buying a home can be difficult enough. But individuals experiencing homelessness face an array of challenges when trying to find stable housing. "There are some very common situations among the homeless population such as little or no income, a low credit score, an arrest record, or a history of evictions that...
Bridget Thomas is responsible for supporting former residents of The Night Ministry’s Youth Housing Programs.
Youth Aftercare Services Support Transitions
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​The relationship with The Night Ministry doesn't end when residents move on from the agency's Youth Housing Programs. "The Night Ministry provides comprehensive case management for young people who have been discharged from our housing programs," said Bridget Thomas, Housing Stabilization Specialist. "We want to help them maintain their stability ...
The Night Ministry is moving The Crib along with Health Outreach and administrative staff to a new location in Bucktown.
The Night Ministry Makes a Big Move to Enhance Services
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Its iconic water tower, decorated with the blue stripes and red stars of the flag of Chicago, is a landmark of the city's skyline. And soon the four-story building at 1735 North Ashland will house one of Chicago's most iconic organizations. The Night Ministry is moving key portions of its operations to the red-brick building, located just north of ...
David Wywiaolowski, Director of Outreach & Health Ministry, is celebrating 20 years with The Night Ministry.
Reap the Rewards 2019
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​On April 4, 2019, The Night Ministry honored 11 employees at our Annual Reap the Rewards of Service Luncheon. Their colleagues, family members, friends, and members of  The Night Ministry's Board of Directors gathered to celebrate their multiple years with the organization. Honorees were presented with awards by Paul W. Ha...
Short term shelter, securing employment, and food are the top three pressing needs reported by residents of The Night Ministry's Youth Housing Programs.
Surveys at Youth Housing Programs Help The Night Ministry Better Understand the Needs of Clients
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Four times a year, The Night Ministry's Mission Fulfillment Department visits the organization's Youth Housing Programs to learn about the young people The Night Ministry serves and to find out how they feel their needs are being met. The results of the anonymous surveys conducted by Mission Fulfillment contribute to a data-driven culture of learni...
The Night Ministry in the News During the Polar Vortex
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The Night Ministry's work serving Chicago's homeless population during the dangerously cold weather of January 2019 was highlighted by several media organizations. Below you will find links to a number of the stories. WGN-TVColder Temperatures Mean Increased Risk for Chicago's Homeless Population WBBM NewsradioMobile Assistance Unit Helps Homeless ...
Matthew Sorenson (left), Medical Director of the Outreach and Health Ministry Program, consults with a patient.
Winter Poses Unique Challenges for The Night Ministry’s Clients and Staff
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Making it through a winter season of snow and extreme cold can be difficult for all of us. But winter conditions can pose extra challenges for individuals experiencing homelessness as well as The Night Ministry staff members who provide mobile outreach services. "The conditions of homelessness make recovery from some of the more common winter ailme...

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