After 17 years in the neighborhood, The Night Ministry is moving its home office out of Ravenswood.
The Chicago-based non-profit, whose mission is to provide housing, health care, and human connection to individuals struggling with homelessness or poverty, will be relocating its central administration, as well as Health Outreach staff, to a facility in the Bucktown neighborhood in spring of 2020.
In the meantime, with the Bucktown building not ready for occupation and the lease on its office at 4711 North Ravenswood Avenue expiring on December 31, 2019, The Night Ministry will move into a temporary home at Edgewater Presbyterian Church, 1020 West Bryn Mawr Avenue in Chicago, beginning in November.
"Our Ravenswood neighbors have been wonderful supporters of our mission," said Paul W. Hamann, President & CEO of The Night Ministry. "While we hope they will continue to support us, and we will miss being a member of the community, our move to the Bucktown facility will greatly enhance the services we provide to Chicago's homeless population."
The Bucktown building, located at 1735 North Ashland, is closer to the areas served by The Night Ministry's Programs, which bring free health care and supportive services directly to Chicagoans where they live and also include five housing programs for young people experiencing homelessness or housing instability. One of those programs, The Crib, an overnight shelter for young adults, will also be relocated to the Bucktown building, although it will continue to operate at its current location in the Lakeview neighborhood until the 1735 North Ashland facility is ready. The building will also have parking for The Night Ministry's Health Outreach Bus, a feature missing at the Ravenswood location.
"Our move has been designed to have minimal impact on those whom we serve," Hamann said. "Our programs will continue to operate as usual with no interruptions in services."
During the transitional period, The Night Ministry's mailing address will remain 4711 North Ravenswood, Chicago, IL 60640. The agency will continue to accept in-kind donations, such as new clothing and hygiene supplies, at the Ravenswood building through Friday, December 13. Beginning Monday, December 16, in-kind donations will be accepted at Edgewater Presbyterian Church. As with the Ravenswood location, The Night Ministry will not provide services for clients at Edgewater Community Church.
For more information about The Night Ministry's move, visit www.thenightministry.org/move