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IMG_1791 Street Medicine Case Manager, Sylvia Hibbard, inside the Street Medicine Van
An Insider’s Look at Street Medicine
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Associate Board
By Vignesh Kumar, The Night Ministry's Associate Board On October 22, 2020, The Night Ministry Associate Board adapted to the challenges of the pandemic by hosting our first virtual Night Lights gala. Part of the programming that night was an interview with Sylvia Hibbard, Case Manager for the The Night Ministry's Street Medicine Team. During this ...
181220-NightMinistryBus-1860 Volunteer Laura Diaz (left) provides a cup of coffee at the Health Outreach Bus (Photo taken 12/22/19).
Volunteering with The Night Ministry Is Just One Way A Lifelong Chicagoan Serves the Community
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Announcements
Chicago resident Laura Diaz, who grew up in the Little Village neighborhood, is dedicated to giving back to the city in which she has lived all her life. One of the many ways she does that is by volunteering with The Night Ministry. Laura, a former Retail Operations Coordinator at True Value Hardware's corporate office, first heard about The N...
t_20210302-211953_1 Nordstrom Made give back brand Treasure & Bond supports young people experiencing homelessness.
Nordstrom Give-Back Brand, Treasure & Bond, Partners with The Night Ministry to Support Homeless Youth
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Announcements
The Night Ministry is excited to announce that it has been chosen as a nonprofit partner of Treasure & Bond, a Nordstrom Made give-back brand that supports young people experiencing homelessness. Nordstrom is donating 2.5% of Treasure & Bond net sales to five organizations across the United States and Canada, including The Night Ministry. "...
IMG_421_20210201-194411_1 Outreach Professional Lavelle Horne (right) speaks with a visitor to the Health Outreach Bus stop at 10 S. Kedzie in Chicago's East Garfield Park neighborhood.
One Year into the Pandemic, The Night Ministry Remains Focused on Its Mission
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Announcements
It's been a year since the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services declared a public health emergency over the coronavirus. And while The Night Ministry has made adjustments to adapt to the pandemic, COVID-19 has not changed the agency's dedication to its mission to provide housing, health care, and human connection to individuals experiencing...
Skilled-Assesor Ryan Spangler of Heartland Alliance and The Night Ministry’s Sylvia Hibbard work together to move chronically homeless adults into housing.
Street Medicine Teams up with Skilled Assessor to Move Clients into Permanent Housing
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Announcements
More adults who have experienced chronic unsheltered homelessness are finding housing because of a partnership between The Night Ministry and the nonprofit Heartland Alliance. Ryan Spangler, a Senior Outreach Worker and Case Manager at Heartland Alliance, is what is known as a Skilled Assessor for the Homeless Management Information System (HM...
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The Night Ministry in 2021: A Q/A with President & CEO, Paul W. Hamann
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Announcements
What's new and on the horizon at The Night Ministry? Our President & CEO, Paul W. Hamann, sat down with Nieal Marie Ross, Manager of Youth Supportive Services, to talk about new programs and initiatives at the agency in 2021. 
Night-Lights Night Lights, the Annual Gala of The Night Ministry's Associate Board, went online this year.
First Virtual Night Lights a Success
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Associate Board
By Alyssa Cullinan, Night Lights Chair It goes without saying that 2020 was a remarkable year; and like most everyone else,The Night Ministry's Associate Board was required to adapt in new ways. Our full calendar of service, advocacy, and fundraising events was truncated, and meetings moved online. The human connection we've all expe...
IMG_4038 An individual receives a sack supper from Kyanna Johnson, Public Ally at The Night Ministry, at a CTA Blue Line station.
The Night Ministry Expands the Scale and Scope of Outreach on Public Transit
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Announcements
Overall ridership is down because of the pandemic, but for some members of the community, public transit offers more than just a way to commute. Many people experiencing homelessness ride trains and buses for shelter and safety. That is why The Night Ministry is now offering health care and outreach services at two CTA train stations two nights a w...
ID-Document-min-copy First-time applicants for an Illinois State ID Card must present several documents to prove their identity.
COVID-19 Creates Barriers for Securing IDs and Benefits
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Announcements
An ID card is required to obtain housing, employment, or benefits such as Medicaid. But many individuals experiencing homelessness don't have an ID, and now the coronavirus is making it harder to get one. For months, the Illinois Secretary of State facility in downtown Chicago, where individuals can apply for a first-time or replacement state ID ca...
IMG_1840-min The Health Outreach Bus is adjusting its schedule beginning January 1, 2021, to better serve Chicagoans experiencing homelessness or poverty.
New Schedule for the Health Outreach Bus in 2021
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Announcements
To better serve Chicagoans experiencing homelessness or poverty, we are modifying the Health Outreach Bus schedule beginning January 1, 2021. After a trial period serving Chicago's Rogers Park neighborhood, we have determined that there are other areas of the city where our services are more critically needed at this time. Two of those areas are&nb...
masks The face masks donated by Masks Without Borders to The Night Ministry are handmade by women receiving on-the-job training and a livable wage in Delhi, India.
Masks Without Borders Provides Face Masks for The Night Ministry’s Clients
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Announcements
Mask-wearing continues to be an essential tool in preventing the spread of the coronavirus. That's why The Night Ministry provides face masks to the individuals experiencing homelessness and poverty it serves through its Youth Housing Programs and Outreach & Health Ministry Programs, who are most likely unable to procure masks on their own. Our...
IMG_3812 The Night Ministry will distribute 900 holiday stockings to the individuals it serves through its Health Outreach Program and Youth Programs this year, because of the generosity of its donors.
The Night Ministry Adapts Holiday Celebrations During the Pandemic
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Announcements
The coronavirus is making this a holiday season like no other, with so many of us adjusting our plans in order to protect the health and safety of our loved ones and those around us. At The Night Ministry, we are also adapting our annual holiday celebrations to align with recommended COVID-19 procedures, while still sharing the magic of the season ...

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