The Night Ministry is a Chicago-based organization that works to provide housing, health care and human connection to members of our community struggling with poverty or homelessness. With an open heart and an open mind, we accept people as they are and work to address their immediate physical, emotional and social needs while affirming their sense of humanity.
Through the Night Ministry's Health Outreach Bus, Youth Outreach Van and Youth Shelter Network, we work on the ground in Chicago neighborhoods to reach adults, teens, pregnant and new moms who have nowhere else to go.
FY 2013 Financial Audit • FY 2013 Form 990 •Annual Report FY 2013
The Campaign for The Night Ministry’s Bus
On November 6, The Night Ministry’s President, Paul W. Hamann, announced The Campaign for The Night Ministry’s Bus. The $750,000 Campaign includes $292,000 for the purchase of a new 38-foot customized Health Outreach Bus, and $458,000 to expand our Health Outreach Bus Services over three years. For more information about the Campaign, please click here. Donors from across the Chicagoland area have been extremely generous! Check the progress of the Campaign here. If you would like to make a donation to the Campaign, please contact Christy Prassas at Christy@thenightministry.org or 773-506-6011.
USA Today journalist Giovanna Breu visited The Night Ministry's Youth Outreach Team
USA Today journalist Giovanna Breu visited The Night Ministry's Youth Outreach Team to see what we are doing to create a safe, supportive environment for high-risk populations like transgender youth, African Americans and young Hispanics to access HIV testing. The story landed on the front page of USA Today’s Nation Section. Read more...
Alan Krashesky of ABC 7 Newsviews on Homelessness
Melissa Maguire, The Night Ministry's Director of Performance Measurement, sits down with Ed Shurna from Chicago Coalition for the Homeless and ABC7 to talk about what causes homelessness, what homelessness looks like and what’s being done to help those in need. Check out the video, which aired Sunday, December 1, here.
Daily Whale Q & A with Paul W. Hamann
Daily Whale- a comprehensive online information service for businesses and professionals with a significant stake in government actions- sat down with The Night Ministry’s President, Paul W. Hamann recently to chat about The Night Ministry's services, our new logo, and our upcoming Bus Campaign. Read more...
Cops go extra mile for homeless woman
A great collaborative effort between The Night Ministry’s Health Outreach Bus and the Chicago Police Department helps a woman who is suffering horribly access the care she needs. Read more...
Low-threshold Shelters: A First Step Toward Improving Well-being
The Crib focuses on moving young people off the streets. It provides access to knowledgeable and caring adults, a sense of stability and some degree of structure with regular schedules and chores. Read more...
The Crib to Remain Open Year-Round
The Crib will remain open year-round under new funding announced by the City of Chicago in February. While the funding will allow The Crib to stay open year-round, it does not cover the entire program cost. Read more...
Youth Parliament Teaches Leadership, Job Skills
In 2010, The Night Ministry's Youth
Outreach Team wanted to get youth
more involved in program development.
They saw that many of the
youth The Night Ministry worked
with would benefit from developing
their leadership skills, and so Youth
Outreach Coordinator Jen Rude, in
conjunction with another staff member,
started Youth Parliament. The
group has been a huge success, and
already over 22 youth have completed
the leadership program. Read more...
Number of homeless youths on the rise
At The Crib, a shelter for 18- to 24-year-olds in the Lakeview neighborhood, 9 p.m. is a stressful time. That’s when the 20 youths who will get beds that night are randomly chosen. On a recent Monday, Lawrence Herbert, 19, originally from Evanston, lucked out. He’d have a place to sleep that night, but that’s not always the case. Read more...
Homeless, but not alone
Maya Smith's go-to shelter has been The Crib, located in the Lakeview Lutheran Church, ever since she decided to become homeless. Her mother died of breast cancer when she was in seventh grade. For four years, she lived with her sister until some personality clashes led her to leave behind her home in Roseland a few weeks before Christmas. Other family members don't know Smith is sleeping at homeless shelters, she said. Read more...
Check Out Our Podcast Series:
Podcast 9 - Our Founder, Part 1
Podcast 10 - Our Founder, Part 2
To listen to all of The Night Ministry's podcasts, click here.
Spring 2014Winter 2013 Fall 2013
April 2014 E-Newsletter: The Night Ministry advocates for homeless youth on Capitol Hill.
March 2014 E-Newsletter: Street Outreach Research Reveals Harsh Realities.
February 2014 E-Newsletter:The Night Ministry a lead agency in Point-in-Time Homeless Count.