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Dr-Brinkman Dr. Aaron Brinkman (left), a volunteer physician, treats a Street Medicine patient.
Street Medicine Volunteer Physician Dr. Aaron Brinkman is Dedicated to Service
April Behnke
Announcements
Even before Dr. Aaron Brinkman joined The Night Ministry's Street Medicine team as a Volunteer Physician, he sought ways to provide medical care to those living on the streets. Though Brinkman had a busy professional life as a primary care physician and a National Guard Commander, a television show featuring Pittsburgh's pioneering street medicine ...
youthcovidstory College and high school students served by The Night Ministry adjusted to online learning during the COVID-19 pandemic, as students around the world did.
Youth Struggling with Homelessness Have Varied Experiences of the Pandemic
burke@thenightministry.org
Announcements
Young people served by The Night Ministry have faced a variety of disruptions and challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic. According to interviews conducted with several clients of the organization's Youth Programs, their experiences of the changes, adversities, and opportunities brought by the pandemic, while sharing some commonalities, have also ...
Pilsen-min The Health Outreach Bus in Pilsen, a Chicago neighborhood where The Night Ministry serves many clients for whom Spanish is the primary language.
Health Outreach Offers Support to Spanish Speakers Experiencing Homelessness
burke@thenightministry.org
Announcements
The sounds of Spanish are often heard along the routes of the Health Outreach Bus and the Street Medicine Team, The Night Ministry's Health Outreach programs that bring free health care and other essential resources into communities across Chicago. "Staff are out speaking Spanish with people every day," said Stephan Koruba, Senior Nurse Practitione...
210624-NightMinistry-NobleHouse-IMG_5064 The 2022 Illinois state budget includes an increase in funding for homeless youth programs.
Advocacy Efforts to Support Homeless Population Rewarded as Key Legal Measures Pass in Springfield
burke@thenightministry.org
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The Night Ministry and partner organizations have been busy urging state lawmakers to back funding and legislation supporting Illinois residents experiencing homelessness and poverty. These efforts have paid off with Governor Pritzker signing a budget for the fiscal year 2022 that includes over $1 billion for housing assistance and homele...
Volunteer Louise Goodman (left) provides sack suppers to visitors of the Health Outreach Bus in the South Shore neighborhood.
The Night Ministry Welcomes Volunteers Back to Programs
burke@thenightministry.org
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Volunteers play an essential role in The Night Ministry's ability to effectively fulfill its mission. Out of caution, the agency suspended volunteer shifts at its Health Outreach and in its Youth Housing Programs when the pandemic began. However, with cases trending downward and vaccination access expanding, The Night Ministry began to bring volunt...
paul Paul Hamann is the President & CEO of The Night Ministry.
Why We're Really All in This Together: A Fiscal Year-End Reflection by Our President & CEO
burke@thenightministry.org
Announcements
Dear Friend, There are phrases that have been spoken and written so many times over the last year or so that they have nearly lost their meaning. "Getting used to the new normal." "We are living in unprecedented times." "We're all in this together." I'm sure you can think of others. Frankly, I'd be happy to never hear or read them again. Yet a...
lin Dr. Nathan Lin (right), a medical resident, prepares to provide a COVID-19 vaccine to a Street Medicine patient.
Street Medicine Offers Medical Residents an Eye-Opening Perspective on Health Care
burke@thenightministry.org
Announcements
For more than a year, The Night Ministry's Street Medicine Program has been welcoming medical residents—physicians who are receiving their post-graduate training—to join staff in providing health care and supportive services to Chicago's unsheltered homeless population. The residents gain valuable hands-on experience while assisting the Street Medi...
Applegate Board Member Bennett Applegate, Jr., seen here speaking at the 2019 Lighting Up the Night benefit, is an attorney specializing in the development of affordable housing.
Board Member’s Work in Affordable Housing Connects to Service with The Night Ministry
burke@thenightministry.org
Announcements
Serving on The Night Ministry's Board of Directors is an extension of the professional life of Bennett Applegate, Jr. Applegate is an attorney whose legal practice focuses on the financing and development of affordable housing. "If you look at the spectrum of housing solutions, I'm involved in the area of permanent housing, whereas The Night Minist...
tax-event Parker Baum (right), a volunteer with The Night Ministry, assists Mary, a client, with filing her 2020 taxes during a drop-in event to help individuals served by the organization receive stimulus payments for which they were entitled.
Tax Filing Event Helps Clients Get Stimulus Payments
burke@thenightministry.org
Announcements
Millions of Americans have received three rounds of pandemic relief stimulus payments from the federal government. But many individuals experiencing homelessness who are eligible, and could benefit greatly from the economic assistance, have only gotten a portion of what they are entitled to, or they have not received anything at all. "Many of the f...
keit_20210423-151726_1 Keith Belton (right), Peer Support Advocate, brings lived experience to the Street Medicine Team.
Peer Support Advocate Brings Lived Experience to the Street Medicine Team
burke@thenightministry.org
Announcements
Keith Belton brings unique experience and perspective to The Night Ministry's Street Medicine Team. As a Peer Support Advocate, he has struggled with many of the same challenges that some of The Night Ministry's clients do. "I grew up in an abandoned building on the West Side of Chicago," Belton said. "With my mom, there were five of us kids living...
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Statement on Adam Toledo
burke@thenightministry.org
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The killing of Adam Toledo by the Chicago Police is yet another grim and sobering reminder that people of color, in particular youth, are far more likely to be killed by police. Adam was a victim of not only a police system in need of major reform, but societal forces that continue to discriminate against youth of color while withholding opportunit...
anthony Anthony Monterroso, Case Manager at STEPS, meets with a resident of The Night Ministry’s transitional living program. (Photo taken February 25, 2020)
At STEPS, Tax Season is an Opportunity to Teach Lifelong Financial Lessons
burke@thenightministry.org
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During tax season, it is unsurprising that many residents at STEPS, The Night Ministry's transitional living program for young adults experiencing homelessness, might need a hand with their taxes. Though STEPS provides housing to young people ages 18 to 22, it is not the program's only focus. In addition to case management services, clients are als...

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