The Night Ministry is a Chicago-based organization that works to offer housing, healthcare and human connection to members of the Chicago 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 needs while affirming their sense of humanity.
We serve youth and adults who face multiple complex challenges on a daily
basis, including homelessness, poverty, abuse, loneliness, and neglect. Many
of us who are not on the streets take for granted a lifetime of "helping hands"
family and friends. The people we serve often have not had this help.
Outreach Services: The Night Ministry operates on the ground in Chicago neighborhoods to build relationships and provide immediate, practical resources. Our Health Outreach Bus offers medical exams, treatment and HIV testing, as well as coffee, conversation and a sense of community. The Youth Outreach teams reach out to homeless and LGBT youth in Lakeview to offer non-judgmental support, guidance, food and self-care supplies. Learn more about Outreach Services here.
Short-Term Housing: Our youth housing programs provide structured, safe and supportive living situations to youth from all backgrounds who face multiple, difficult challenges. The Crib is an overnight youth shelter for people age 18-24 that addresses immediate housing needs. Our 120-Day Interim program offers longer-term, housing and social services for homeless youth. Learn more about Youth Services here.
Pregnant and Parenting Program: The Night Ministry's Open Door program is the only shelter in Chicago that will work with pregnant or parenting teens as young as 14. We operate a 120-day interim housing program dedicated to serving pregnant or parenting runaway, throw away, or homeless youth and their children.
Learn more about our RAPP Program here.
Transitional Living Program: STEPS aims to transition teens age 18-21 from homeless to independent living within two years. Learn more about our STEPS Program here.