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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
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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...
Statement on Adam Toledo
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Announcements
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 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
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Announcements
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...
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 ...
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...
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. "...
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...
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, 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...
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...
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...

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