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What Does The Night Ministry Do?

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 AuditFY 2013 Form 990
Annual Report FY 2013



Lighting Up the Night Awards Dinner & Auction 2014

The event took take place on Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at the Four Seasons Hotel, Ken Perlmutter, Founder and President of PERL Mortgage, Inc chaired the event. Chicago Sun-Times Columnist, Neil Steinberg, was the emcee. This year’s honorees were: Janine Landow –Esser (President’s Award), Winston & Strawn LLP (Outstanding Corporate Partner Award), and LakeView Lutheran Church (Outstanding Community Partner Award). Check out photos from the event here!

The Night Ministry to Get New Bus Thanks to $100,000 Grant

The Night Ministry’s Health Outreach Outreach Bus was recently chosen by Impact 100, a women’s philanthropy group, for a $100,000 transformational grant! The grant will be applied to the purchase of a new Health Outreach Bus for The Night Ministry’s Outreach and Health Ministry Program. Read more...

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 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.

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September 2014 E-Newsletter: Departing Public Ally shares his "360 Experience".

August 2014 E-Newsletter: Runners Gear up for AIDS Run & Walk 2014.

July 2014 E-Newsletter: Youth Outreach Team Celebrates a Happy Un-Birthday.





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The Homestretch

"This film deftly, courageously and respectfully illustrates the complexity of the issues resulting in over one million young people experiencing homelessness every year in this country.” Paul W. Hamann, President & CEO, The Night Ministry.

For more information about “The Homestretch,” a new documentary from Kartemquin Films and Spargel Productions, which features The Night Ministry please click here.



For $9 per month, you can become an I AM SELFLESS member and support The Night Ministry while gaining access to hundreds of perks and dozens of events throughout the year! Join I AM SELFLESS today and designate The Night Ministry as your chosen charity. We’ll receive your donation from I AM SELFLESS and you’ll get a lot of sweet deals!


EventsUpcoming Events


Night Lights – Friday, September 19 – Join The Night Ministry’s Associate Board!

Join The Night Ministry Associate Board for a day of fun at Bottom Lounge! Purchase your tickets here today and be sure to invite your friends!


The Night Ministry’s 9th Annual Golf Outing
Kemper Lakes Golf Club
September 29, 2014

Join The Night Ministry at Kemper Lakes Golf Club on Monday, September 29 for a day of golf to benefit The Night Ministry. Tickets are $375 per individual or $1,500 per foursome. To buy tickets or to make a donation click here. For more information contact Rachel Cantzler at today!


Halloween Party
Wild Hare Reggae Club
October 29th

Long-time Night Ministry volunteer, Jan Rotter, and her husband, Jerry are hosting a Halloween Party to Benefit Homeless Youth at The Night Ministry. The event takes place on Wednesday, October 29th at 7pm at the Wild Hare Reggae Club. For more information on the event or to purchase tickets please click here.


Other Ways To Help

Donor Advised Funds

A donor advised fund (DAF) is a charitable giving program that allows you to combine the most favorable tax benefits with the flexibility to support your favorite causes. If you have a donor advised fund, DAF Direct enables you to recommend grants to The Night Ministry, directly from your DAF (as long as your DAF’s sponsoring organization is participating).

vehicleThe Night Ministry has partnered with Vehicles For Charity to process donated vehicles. Donating your old vehicle is convenient, easy, and your donation of a used car, truck, or other vehicle will make a big difference in supporting The Night Ministry. Click here for “Frequently Asked Questions” or call 1-(866) 628-2277 and they will answer any other questions you may have and make arrangements to pick up your donation.

Looking for a good book to read? Check out Warming Up, a novel, by lawyer, author, playwright, Mary Hutchings Reed. 10% of the proceeds from book sales will go to The Night Ministry.

Make your online purchases through GoodShop and a portion of the purchase will benefit The Night Ministry.


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