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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...
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...
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 ...
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 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 ...
Scroll down to watch the replay of our conversation about harm reduction
Getting Real with Harm Reduction
burke@thenightministry.org
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.
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...
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
burke@thenightministry.org
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...
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...
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, ...
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...
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...

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