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Peer Outreach Professional Sharday Hamilton is an integral part of the Youth Outreach Team. (Photo courtesy of the Chicago Foundation for Women)
Peer Outreach Professionals Help The Night Ministry Engage Homeless Youth
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Sometimes there is wisdom in knowing that you don't know it all. The Night Ministry's Youth Outreach Team makes contact with homeless young people across the city, connecting them with housing, education, vocational, and physical resources as well as providing compassionate support along their journeys to stability. But a few years ago, the Team's ...
Meet Board Member Ike Hong
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Ike Hong, a member of The Night Ministry's Board of Directors, is helping drive our 2018 Golf Outing. We talked with Hong, an engineer who runs his own construction management and real estate development business, about his engagement with The Night Ministry, which began nearly a decade ago. What attracted you to The Night Ministry? The mission. On...
HIV Testing Coordinator John Werning offers free, confidential hepatitis C tests that deliver results in 20 minutes.
Clients Face Barriers to Hepatitis C Treatment
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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, new cases of hepatitis C (hep C), a deadly viral infection that affects the liver, have nearly tripled in the United States over the course of the decade. Risk factors for contracting the virus include having HIV, using intravenous drugs, and being part of the baby boomer generation, char...
Volunteer George Martin connects with clients of The Night Ministry's Street Medicine Program.
Volunteering with The Night Ministry Pays Off with Huge Dividends
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By George Martin Four years ago I heard about The Crib, one of the Youth Housing Programs run by The Night Ministry. At the time, the organization I had been volunteering with was shutting down. With my decades of experience as a volunteer coach with young people from different neighborhoods throughout Chicago and my involvement in feeding homeless...
The Night Ministry's Outreach & Health Ministry Program provides free basic medical care to many individuals who otherwise would go without services.
Illinois' Free and Charitable Clinics Weave a Safety Net for Uninsured and Underinsured
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By Paul W. Hamann,  MA, MNA President & CEO The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has increased health care coverage to approximately 670,000 low- and moderate-income Illinoisans through the expansion of Medicaid and 400,000 more through the marketplace. Yet significant gaps in health care access remain. Barriers such as affordability, transition ...
Beyond Phoenix Hall: The Night Ministry Provides Other Supports in North Lawndale
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With summer coming to a close, residents of Phoenix Hall are among the hundreds of thousands of Chicago Public Schools students gearing up for the new school year. The Night Ministry opened Phoenix Hall last August to provide students from North Lawndale College Prep High School (NLCP) who are experiencing homelessness with stable housing and servi...
The Associate Board supports the mission of The Night Ministry through fundraising, advocacy, and networking aimed at young professionals.
The Associate Board Preps for Night Lights 2018
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Associate Board
The Night Ministry's Associate Board is once again preparing for the annual Night Lights Gala, our biggest event of the year that raises funds in support of The Night Ministry's work providing housing, healthcare, critical outreach, and other social services to Chicago's most vulnerable populations. This year, we're setting our most ambitious fundr...
A partnership with Chicago Adventure Therapy provides empowering activities like rock climbing to young people served by The Night Ministry.
Youth Outreach Evolves with the Times
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You'll find The Night Ministry's Youth Outreach Van at the corner of Belmont and Halsted in Chicago every Thursday night, but the work of the Youth Outreach Team happens throughout the week. Many young people experiencing homelessness are drawn to the Lakeview neighborhood for services like safe space drop-in centers. But, said Youth Outreach Profe...
Darrick, a client of The Night Ministry, spoke to attendees at Lighting Up the Night, our Annual Awards Dinner & Auction, in 2018.
In My Own Words: The Night Ministry Was That Helping Hand
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By Darrick S. After a successful career as a celebrity photojournalist, I retired and started my own limousine company. Business was thriving when, in November of 2011, I got a phone call that something was wrong with my mother. On investigating, I found that she'd been living in the dark for nine days in our family home. We soon learned that she h...
Health Outreach Bus Rolls into the Loop
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The Health Outreach Bus will make a special stop next week. Six days a week, the Bus brings free basic medical care, food, hygiene supplies, clothing, case management, and a sense of community to seven underserved neighborhoods across Chicago. On Friday, July 27, it will pull into the heart of the city for a visit to Daley Plaza during lunchtime. T...
The Night Ministry Receives Cook County State's Attorney's Pride Award
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​The Cook County State's Attorney's Office and its LGBT+ Employee Resource Group honored The Night Ministry with a Pride Award for its leadership and commitment to the LGBTQ community. Paul W. Hamann, The Night Ministry's President & CEO, accepted the award during a ceremony on June 26 at the Center on Halsted. Also honored that evening we...
2018 Lighting Up the Night
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​The Night Ministry focused on the ways it addresses the complexity of homelessness during Lighting Up the Night, its Annual Awards Dinner & Auction, held June 12, 2018. "At The Night Ministry, we recognize that there is no single cause of homelessness, that it instead results from the intersection of several factors, such as affordable ho...

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