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The 2022 Illinois state budget includes an increase in funding for homeless youth programs.
Advocacy Efforts to Support Homeless Population Rewarded as Key Legal Measures Pass in Springfield
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Announcements
The Night Ministry and partner organizations have been busy urging state lawmakers to back funding and legislation supporting Illinois residents experiencing homelessness and poverty. These efforts have paid off with Governor Pritzker signing a budget for the fiscal year 2022 that includes over $1 billion for housing assistance and homele...
Louise Goodman (left) provides sack suppers to visitors of the Health Outreach Bus in the South Shore neighborhood.
The Night Ministry Welcomes Volunteers Back to Programs
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Announcements
Volunteers play an essential role in The Night Ministry's ability to effectively fulfill its mission. Out of caution, the agency suspended volunteer shifts at its Health Outreach and in its Youth Housing Programs when the pandemic began. However, with cases trending downward and vaccination access expanding, The Night Ministry began to bring volunt...
Paul Hamann is the President & CEO of The Night Ministry.
Why We're Really All in This Together: A Fiscal Year-End Reflection by Our President & CEO
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Announcements
Dear Friend, There are phrases that have been spoken and written so many times over the last year or so that they have nearly lost their meaning. "Getting used to the new normal." "We are living in unprecedented times." "We're all in this together." I'm sure you can think of others. Frankly, I'd be happy to never hear or read them again. Yet a...
Dr. Nathan Lin (right), a medical resident, prepares to provide a COVID-19 vaccine to a Street Medicine patient.
Street Medicine Offers Medical Residents an Eye-Opening Perspective on Health Care
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Announcements
For more than a year, The Night Ministry's Street Medicine Program has been welcoming medical residents—physicians who are receiving their post-graduate training—to join staff in providing health care and supportive services to Chicago's unsheltered homeless population. The residents gain valuable hands-on experience while assisting the Street Medi...
Board Member Bennett Applegate, Jr., seen here speaking at the 2019 Lighting Up the Night benefit, is an attorney specializing in the development of affordable housing.
Board Member’s Work in Affordable Housing Connects to Service with The Night Ministry
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Announcements
Serving on The Night Ministry's Board of Directors is an extension of the professional life of Bennett Applegate, Jr. Applegate is an attorney whose legal practice focuses on the financing and development of affordable housing. "If you look at the spectrum of housing solutions, I'm involved in the area of permanent housing, whereas The Night Minist...
Parker Baum (right), a volunteer with The Night Ministry, assists Mary, a client, with filing her 2020 taxes during a drop-in event to help individuals served by the organization receive stimulus payments for which they were entitled.
Tax Filing Event Helps Clients Get Stimulus Payments
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Announcements
Millions of Americans have received three rounds of pandemic relief stimulus payments from the federal government. But many individuals experiencing homelessness who are eligible, and could benefit greatly from the economic assistance, have only gotten a portion of what they are entitled to, or they have not received anything at all. "Many of the f...
Keith Belton (right), Peer Support Advocate, brings lived experience to the Street Medicine Team.
Peer Support Advocate Brings Lived Experience to the Street Medicine Team
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Announcements
Keith Belton brings unique experience and perspective to The Night Ministry's Street Medicine Team. As a Peer Support Advocate, he has struggled with many of the same challenges that some of The Night Ministry's clients do. "I grew up in an abandoned building on the West Side of Chicago," Belton said. "With my mom, there were five of us kids living...
Statement on Adam Toledo
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Announcements
The killing of Adam Toledo by the Chicago Police is yet another grim and sobering reminder that people of color, in particular youth, are far more likely to be killed by police. Adam was a victim of not only a police system in need of major reform, but societal forces that continue to discriminate against youth of color while withholding opportunit...
Anthony Monterroso, Case Manager at STEPS, meets with a resident of The Night Ministry’s transitional living program. (Photo taken February 25, 2020)
At STEPS, Tax Season is an Opportunity to Teach Lifelong Financial Lessons
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Announcements
During tax season, it is unsurprising that many residents at STEPS, The Night Ministry's transitional living program for young adults experiencing homelessness, might need a hand with their taxes. Though STEPS provides housing to young people ages 18 to 22, it is not the program's only focus. In addition to case management services, clients are als...
Street Medicine Case Manager, Sylvia Hibbard, inside the Street Medicine Van
An Insider’s Look at Street Medicine
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Associate Board
By Vignesh Kumar, The Night Ministry's Associate Board On October 22, 2020, The Night Ministry Associate Board adapted to the challenges of the pandemic by hosting our first virtual Night Lights gala. Part of the programming that night was an interview with Sylvia Hibbard, Case Manager for the The Night Ministry's Street Medicine Team. During this ...
Volunteer Laura Diaz (left) provides a cup of coffee at the Health Outreach Bus (Photo taken 12/22/19).
Volunteering with The Night Ministry Is Just One Way A Lifelong Chicagoan Serves the Community
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Announcements
Chicago resident Laura Diaz, who grew up in the Little Village neighborhood, is dedicated to giving back to the city in which she has lived all her life. One of the many ways she does that is by volunteering with The Night Ministry. Laura, a former Retail Operations Coordinator at True Value Hardware's corporate office, first heard about The N...
Nordstrom Made give back brand Treasure & Bond supports young people experiencing homelessness.
Nordstrom Give-Back Brand, Treasure & Bond, Partners with The Night Ministry to Support Homeless Youth
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Announcements
The Night Ministry is excited to announce that it has been chosen as a nonprofit partner of Treasure & Bond, a Nordstrom Made give-back brand that supports young people experiencing homelessness. Nordstrom is donating 2.5% of Treasure & Bond net sales to five organizations across the United States and Canada, including The Night Ministry. "...

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