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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, each year we provide services to 5,200 adults, teens, pregnant and new moms who have nowhere else to go.

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We are thrilled to announce that The Night Ministry has received the highest possible 4 star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s most trusted watch-dog for non-profit organizations. See our rating.


Innovation is at the heart of what The Night Ministry does, and its Street Medicine pilot program is a perfect example of that work. View and share this video, which premiered at the 2017 Lighting Up the Night Awards Dinner and Auction on May 31.


WTTWThe Night Ministry was featured on WTTW’s “Chicago Tonight” program on Tuesday, May 2, 2017. Please view and share!


Complete Street Medicine team now in place to serve encampments

With the new addition of a family nurse practitioner, The Night Ministry Street Medicine team is now fully staffed and better equipped to serve those living in encampments throughout Chicago. Read more…

Ride Along With The Night Ministry

DePaul University Assistant Director of Visual Content Jamie Moncrief recently published a photo essay in DePaul Magazine after he rode along with The Night Ministry’s Health Outreach Bus three times! Check out his photo essay here.

Homeless shelter The Crib a refuge for young LGBT people

Chicago Tribune reporter Ron Grossman and photographer Jon Kim recently visited The Crib, The Night Ministry’s emergency overnight shelter for youth ages 18 to 24 to learn more about the LGBT youth who stay there. Read more…

WGNTV Chicago Scene: Impact 100 Grant Transforms The Night Ministry's Health Outreach Program

The Night Ministry’s Health Outreach Program purchased a new Health Outreach Bus thanks in part to a generous $100,000 grant from Impact 100, an all-women’s giving group. Learn more about our partnership with Impact 100 and the transformation the grant has made possible on WGNTV Chicago Scene. Watch here...

The Night Ministry looking to aid the uninsured

Chicago Sun-Times Health Reporter Monifa Thomas recently joined The Night Ministry Health Outreach Bus for an evening to learn about how The Night Ministry’s services fit into the Affordable Care Act. Check out the story as well as a video Chicago Sun-Times created below! 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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June 2017 E-Newsletter: Innovation: Phoenix Hall

November 2016 E-Newsletter: The Night Ministry Releases Preliminary Findings from 2016 Outreach and Health Ministry Street Survey

February 2016 E-Newsletter: 40 years of Housing, Health Care, and Human Connection



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Phoenix Hall
Help make The Night Ministry’s newest housing program – Phoenix Hall –  feel like home. Visit our online housewarming registry to purchase an item or give a cash gift. Thank you!


Multi-year Challenge Grant
We are pleased to share that The Night Ministry has received a $50,000 multi-year challenge grant!
All eligible new or increased donations will be matched by a generous donor, up to $6,250 per donor per year. Click here to learn more about this opportunity and how to make an eligible donation.


Employment Opportunities
Are you interested in working at The Night Ministry?  To learn more about our current employment opportunities and apply for open positions please click here.



It’s almost time for one of our favorite events of the year — Ham-BINGO! Join us at Hamburger Mary’s (5400 N Clark St) on Monday, August 21 at 8:00pm. Enjoy bingo, entertainment, and fabulous prizes. $15 buys you a booklet of 10 bingo cards. $10 for any additional cards. Better yet, all proceeds support The Night Ministry! Questions? Please contact Charlotte Whitley, Special Events Coordinator at 773-506-6009 or



On Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 8:30 am, join us for the Greater Chicago Food Depository's 32nd Hunger Walk at Chicago's beautiful and historic Jackson Park on the shores of Lake Michigan. Walk with The Night Ministry’s team to earn food credits for our youth shelter programs. For more information please email our Team Captain.



"Oui" Run 5K Supports Local Charities – including The Night Ministry!

 The 2017 "Oui" Run 5K will take place on Sunday, September 24, 2017 at 8 am. The race is hosted by the Lycée Français de Chicago in Ravenswood and other generous sponsors. Mark your calendar for a fun, festive, and community-based event!  A Chicago Area Runners Association Runners' Choice Circuit Race, the field is open to 1,500 participants. Race in a 5K and support The Night Ministry! Register now!



Workout and support The Night Ministry!
Sunday, September 24th, 1:30 pm
Shred415, 230 W. Division Avenue, Chicago

Join The Night Ministry’s Associate Board for a great workout for an even better cause at Shred415 in Old Town on Sunday, September 24th at 1:30 PM. Proceeds benefit The Night Ministry. From the website: “The Shred415 experience is an instructor-led, calorie-burning, interval training class designed to target all levels of clients. Alternating between cardio work on top-quality Woodway 4Front treadmills and strength training on the floor, you'll increase muscle and burn calories in a fun, fast-paced workout tailored to your level and your goals.” Tickets are $30 and may be purchased here.



Please support The Night Ministry’s mission by participating in the AIDS Run & Walk on Sunday, October 1, 2017 at Soldier Field in Chicago! Join our team as a runner or walker. Or make a donation towards our team goal, which will support our HIV outreach, testing and prevention services. Click here to join, donate, or get more information. All are welcome!



The 7th Annual American StreetBall Classic will be held Saturday, October 7th from 12-5pm at Quest Multisport, 2641 W. Harrison, Chicago. The tournament brings together teams to take part in 3-on-3 basketball competitions. Funds will be raised from team sign-ups, sponsorships and donations. Please help us meet our goal to raise $10,000! All proceeds will benefit The Night Ministry. To make a donation to the event, please click here.



Night Lights
Thursday, November 9th, 6-9pm
River Roast, 315 N. LaSalle Drive, Chicago

Join The Night Ministry’s Associate Board on Thursday, November 9th for Night Lights, an evening of philanthropy and fun! Enjoy tasty hors d’oeuvres, an open bar (wine and beer), and mingling with Associate Board members and other Night Ministry supporters. Try your luck in the Silent Auction, Grab Bag, and Wine Toss. All proceeds from Night Lights benefit The Night Ministry. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Tickets are $75 and may be purchased here.

Click here for more information.



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.


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