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claudia-min Dr. Claudia Beals, a board-certified emergency room physician, joined The Night Ministry's Board of Directors in 2020.
ER Doc Brings Medical Experience to Board of Directors
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Announcements
As an emergency room physician, Dr. Claudia Beals has firsthand knowledge of the intersection between homelessness and the health care system. Dr. Beals, who joined The Night Ministry's Board of Directors this year, trained in emergency medicine in the South Bronx, where she encountered individuals experiencing homelessness who came into the hospit...
Brooke Brooke Thomas, Housing Case Manager at The Night Ministry, provides support to young people participating in the Flexible Housing Pool, helping them stabilize in their apartments.
Flexible Housing Program Aims to Stabilize Homeless Youth in the Community
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Announcements
Young adults struggling with homelessness in Chicago now have more permanent housing options available to them, under a new partnership involving The Night Ministry and several other local agencies. The Flexible Housing Pool for Youth provides subsidies for market-rate rental apartments across the city, along with case management services, to help ...
Harm-reduction Scroll down to watch the replay of our conversation about harm reduction
Getting Real with Harm Reduction
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Announcements
Harm reduction is an evidence-based public health model designed to reduce the adverse effects of potentially risky behaviors such as drug use and sexual activity. Noam Greene and Andrew Wojda of The Night Ministry's Street Medicine Team discussed how The Night Ministry utilizes harm reduction to save lives and October 29.
Screen-Shot-2020-11-13-at-6.02.29-PM Individuals can use a mobile phone to access appointments with UI Health doctors for substance abuse treatment.
Partnership with UI Health Brings Substance Abuse Treatment to the Streets
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Announcements
As opioid-related overdoses and deaths increase by alarming rates in Chicago this year, The Night Ministry has partnered with the University of Illinois (UI) to expand access to substance abuse treatment among Chicago's homeless population. Through an innovative telemedicine program, the Street Medicine Team is connecting individuals it serves on C...
IMG_3481 Resource Coordinator, Miranda Dean, holds up a hygiene kit that will be distributed to a client of The Night Ministry. The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a decrease in some essential hygiene items.
Coronavirus Impacts Supply of Essential Hygiene Items
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Announcements
Every year, The Night Ministry distributes thousands of hygiene kits to the individuals it serves on the streets of Chicago. The kits are filled with travel- or sample-size toiletry items such as deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, and soap to help clients maintain their personal hygiene, and the agency relies on the generosity of its supporters to pr...
IMG_1611 The Night Ministry's Associate Board at last year's Night Lights. Night Lights is going virtual for 2020.
Countdown to Night Lights 2020
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Associate Board
By Benita Natalini, Associate Board Member The Annual Night Lights Gala is an incredibly special event that I look forward to every year. It is a party and an opportunity to recognize an amazing organization all in one! Since 2017 I've had the privilege to help plan Night Lights through my various roles on The Night Ministry's Associate B...
IMG_157_20200918-150613_1 Members of Youth 4 Truth, The Night Ministry's leadership development cohort for young people, spoke at Night Lights 2019. Night Lights 2020 will be a virtual event on Thursday, October 22.
Night Lights Goes Online This Year
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Associate Board
By Alex Liebermann, Night Lights Committee member I joined the Night Ministry Associate Board at the beginning of 2019 and was fortunate to participate in my first Night Lights gala last October. Night Lights is the Associate Board's annual fundraising event supporting the mission of The Night Ministry. It typically consists of an evening of food, ...
hud-for-blog-2 The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is seeking to remove protections for transgender individuals seeking services at homeless shelters.
The Night Ministry Opposes Change to Shelter Equal Access Rule
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Announcements
On July 1, 2020, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced a rule that would modify the Equal Access Rule, stripping transgender people of fundamental protections that ensure the safety of anyone in need of HUD-funded programs. The proposed rule would allow local shelter providers decision-making authority around a transg...
bar_20200915-204445_1 Barbara Bolsen, The Night Ministry's Vice President of Strategic Partnerships and Community Engagement, is retiring after more than 20 years at the agency.
Barbara Bolsen Looks Back on Two Decades with The Night Ministry
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Announcements
This month, The Night Ministry says goodbye to a beloved and long-serving leader and colleague. After more than two decades at the agency, Barbara Bolsen, our Vice President of Strategic Partnerships and Community Engagement, is retiring. Bolsen leaves behind a legacy of service, compassion, and innovation at The Night Ministry, all aimed toward th...
Get to Know The Associate Board Executive Committee & Committee Chairs
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Associate Board
The Associate Board supports the overall mission and activities of The Night Ministry. Acting as ambassadors of the agency, Associate Board members engage the community through volunteering, fundraising, networking, and advocacy opportunities targeted towards young professionals. The Associate Board's leadership helps guide the endeavors of its mem...
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Advocacy Alert: Emergency Housing Resources
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Announcements
The U.S. Senate is back in Washington this week with plans to move on a COVID-19 spending package by the end of July. Last month, the House of Representatives prioritized emergency protection for renters and homeowners in both the CARES Act and the Emergency Rental Assistance and Rental Market Stabilization Act. Across our country, Betwee...
michelle-tour Michelle Thomas, Youth Outreach Case Manager (left), shows guests of The Crib the dorm room at the shelter's new home.
The Crib Overnight Shelter Has a New Home
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Announcements
Nine years after it began operations in the basement of Lakeview Lutheran Church, The Night Ministry's overnight shelter for young adults has reopened in a larger, enhanced space on the first floor of The Night Ministry's new headquarters in Bucktown. Guests of The Crib woke up at the old location for the last time Monday morning and were then welc...

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