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youth Members of the most recent Youth 4 Truth cohort devoted discussions to food insecurity and the importance of elections. (Photo taken pre-COVID19 pandemic).
Youth 4 Truth Elevates Youth Voices at The Night Ministry and Beyond
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Youth Development Specialist Candace Musick and Youth Outreach Team Case Manager Michelle Thomas have run Youth 4 Truth, The Night Ministry's leadership development program for young people served by the agency, for the past few years. But lately they've been able to step back as program participants have taken charge.  "There used to be a lot...
paul Paul W. Hamann is The Night Ministry's President & CEO.
Looking Forward with Hope: A Fiscal New Year's Reflection from The Night Ministry's President & CEO
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Dear Friends, The end of the year is always a reflective time for me. It is one of my traditions to take December 31 as my last personal day of the year, so I can spend time in reflection, as the holidays come to a close. I find a quiet space within my heart to reflect on the challenges of the year that is passing, what have been my personal and pr...
jenny The Night Ministry's Community Engagement Manager, Jenny Merritt (right), speaks with Tracie Worthy, Vice President of I AM ABLE Center for Family Development, during a meeting of TR4IM.
The Night Ministry Is a Good Neighbor in the Communities It Serves
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Human connection is an essential part of The Night Ministry's mission. And while it's often spoken about in terms of how the agency works with those whom it serves, it extends to communities as well. That means building and sustaining relationships with residents, businesses, and leaders in the neighborhoods in which it operates. Over the past few ...
chandra-passing-out-food Nurse Practitioner Chandra Matteson hands out food and beverages while inquiring about a client's well being on a CTA Blue Line car at the Forest Park Blue stop.
Health Outreach Program Offers Services on Mass Transit
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For the past several weeks, staff with The Night Ministry's Outreach & Health Ministry (OHM) Program have been hitting the rails to reach individuals struggling with homelessness. During the winter, Peer Advocate Professional, Keith Belton, suggested to his colleagues on the Street Medicine Team that they try conducting outreach on the CTA. Bec...
kiantae Kiantae Bowles joined The Night Ministry’s Board of Directors in 2012.
New Board Chair Values Strong Relationships and Diversity
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Kiantae Bowles has played multiple roles on The Night Ministry's Board of Directors, from Secretary to serving on the Finance Committee. Bowles, who is Manager of Informational Technology Procurement with BMO Financial Group, said the varied experience has prepared him for his latest position, that of Board Chair. "Over the last eight years, I've d...
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Addressing the Roots of this Crisis
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Our city and our country are in crisis. But what we are living through today in the wake of the killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor and countless others is the result of not only centuries of racism but decades of collective failure to address its corrupting influence in the foundations of our society. As a nonprofit organization assisting ...
IMG_6893 Michelle Thomas and Candace Musick are making contact-less deliveries of care packages to young people served by The Night Ministry's Youth Programs.
Youth Program Staff Home Deliver Care Packages
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The Night Ministry is providing care packages for former residents of its Youth Housing Programs and other young people sheltering-in-place and struggling to make ends meet during the COVID-19 pandemic. The packages, featuring grocery staples such as pasta, meat, peanut butter and jelly, and nuts, are being delivered every week by Candace Musick, Y...
jae-park-9_SaFlgwFdA-unsplash Rush University Medical Center is offering mental health services to residents of the Open Door Shelter - West Town over the phone or video. Photo by Jae Park.
Interim Housing Residents Utilize Therapy by Phone and Video Conference during Pandemic
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More residents of The Night Ministry's Open Door Shelter – West Town are taking advantage of mental health counseling offered by Rush University Medical Center during the COVID-19 pandemic. Rush has been providing therapy as well as medication management at The Night Ministry's Youth Housing Programs for a few years now. Sarah Warner, Case Manager ...
trim.jon-tyson-7uPzmidQ4jI-unsplash Staying at home during the pandemic can be difficult when there is family conflict. Photo by Jon Tyson.
“There are a lot of people struggling in their own homes.” Sheltering-in-Place When There Is Conflict in the House
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M. has a place to shelter in place. But they don't feel safe there. "I'm staying with my mom. It's just not a good environment," they said. M., who is 20 years old, ran away a few years ago to get away from the conflict at home. They returned because being out on the streets was worse. They'd like to get their own place but faces several hurdles. "...
RS1276_000003029601 Guests of The Crib overnight shelter are among the millions of Americans waiting for their stimulus checks.
Case Manager Helps Crib Guests Track Down Their Stimulus Checks
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Millions of Americans are anticipating their federal government stimulus checks authorized by the CARES Act. Among those are young adults who are currently sheltering in place at The Crib, The Night Ministry's emergency shelter. Youth Outreach Team Case Manager, Michelle Thomas, is helping them sort out the situation. "There have been a lot of misc...
191219-NightMinistry-bus-1825 The Night Ministry's Outreach & Health Ministry Program, including the Health Outreach Bus, continues to serve Chicagoans experiencing homelessness and poverty during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Your Response to this Crisis is a Prologue to the Future
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A letter from Paul W. Hamann, President & CEO of The Night Ministry April 14, 2020 Dear Friends,  "The afternoon knows what the morning never suspected." The above quote, attributed to Robert Frost, is one of my favorites. It is a quote about which I have been thinking a lot lately, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact our communit...
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Webinar: Chicago's Homeless & The Night Ministry During COVID-19
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How are the coronavirus and its impact on our economy and society affecting young people, adults, and families experiencing homelessness and poverty? What adjustments has The Night Ministry made so it can continue to serve during these challenging times? What can you do to help support our work and to help make sure the needs of Chicago's homeless ...

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