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Advocacy Alert: COVID-19 Emergency Federal Funding
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Did you know that The Night Ministry's Health Outreach Bus and Street Medicine Program do not qualify for the COVID-19 emergency funding passed by Congress? That's because the funds are limited to "Federally Qualified Health Centers" (FQHC's) and our programs operate as "Free and Charitable Clinics," which the Federal government does not consider a...
Before the Bus Hits the Road
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Watch the video below to learn what it takes to get the Health Outreach Bus ready to hit the road. It's more than just jumping on board and starting the ignition. 
The 100-Day Challenge on Youth Homelessness is focused on innovative ways to end homelessness among young adults in Chicago.
Chicago's 100-Day Challenge of Youth Homelessness
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We are nearing the end of the 100-Day Challenge on Youth Homelessness in Chicago, a push to stably house 225 individuals ages 17 to 24 who are experiencing homelessness. According to Chicago's Dashboard to End Homelessness, at any given time, there are approximately 1,500 young adults ages 18 to 24 on the city's list for transitional living program...
Growth in The Night Ministry yearly budget has been in line with the agency’s strategic goals and focused on better meeting the needs of clients served through programs such as the Health Outreach Bus.
Budget Process Is Focused on Needs of Clients and Rooted in Strategy
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How is the yearly budget for an organization with multiple programs serving more than 6,000 individuals per year formulated? "We empower our department directors and program managers to drive the budget process, as they know firsthand what the needs of The Night Ministry's clients and staff are," said Erin Ryan, Senior Vice President. Directors and...
Julie, Tone, and Rich read Youth 4 Truth’s “Dear Chicago” letter at Night Lights, The Annual Gala of The Night Ministry’s Associate Board, held in October.
Dear Chicago
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Members of Youth 4 Truth, The Night Ministry's leadership development program for young adults, have written an open letter to Chicago about how our city inspires them and what they would change about it. When we think of Chicago, we think of "hustle." All over the city, people are coming up and doing their thing. Up north, the sidewalks are filled...
The new Street Medicine Van is customized to allow team members to better serve their clients.
Street Medicine Widens Its Impact with More Staff and New Vehicle
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What started as a pilot project with a few members of The Night Ministry staff visiting encampments a once a week has blossomed into a robust outreach program making deep inroads into Chicago's homeless population. With the addition of three new full-time staff members, the Street Medicine Program is now on the road six to seven days a week, usuall...
This holiday season, The Night Ministry is asking members of its community what home means to them.
What Is Home?
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"Home for the holidays" is a phrase heard often this time of year. But what does "home" mean for individuals who have experienced homelessness? Teresa, who recently found permanent housing with the help of The Night Ministry's Street Medicine Team, said home means stability. "It's a place where I can get myself together. I can look for a job now. I...
The Night Ministry is celebrating the holidays with the individuals and families whom we serve.
Holiday Celebrations Provide Both Cheer and Essentials to The Night Ministry’s Clients
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Every year, with the support of so many of its friends, The Night Ministry holds holiday celebrations for the individuals and families served through all of its programs. A major part of the celebrations are the over 1,200 holiday stockings that are being distributed this week during celebrations at the Health Outreach Bus and by the Street Medicin...
Alicia Pond joined The Night Ministry’s Board of Directors in 2008.
Board Chair Alicia Pond Values Devotion of The Night Ministry’s Board and Staff
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For Alicia Pond, Chair of The Night Ministry's Board of Directors, being a Chicagoan involves taking an active role in making the city a better place. "Your community can be your neighborhood, but your community is also the larger city. And being a member of the community means caring for one another," she said. We spoke with Pond as she winds down...
Individuals who have spent time in prison or jail face many obstacles in obtaining stable housing upon release.
In My Own Words: Felons or Humans?
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According to the Prison Policy Initiative, individuals who have been incarcerated are ten times more likely to experience homelessness than the general public. The following essay is by Richard B., a member of Youth 4 Truth, The Night Ministry's leadership and advocacy group for young adults. Richard experienced homelessness after he was released f...
Surveys of visitors to the Health Outreach Bus tell us that 25% of those whom we serve at the Bus are literally homeless, living on the streets, in a shelter, or in a place not meant for human habitation.
Housing Instability and Inadequacy Common among Health Outreach Bus Clients
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Housing instability and inadequacy are challenges that impact nearly all of the visitors to The Night Ministry's Health Outreach Bus. That's according to findings from the sixth annual Outreach & Health Ministry (OHM) Street Survey, conducted by the agency's Mission Fulfillment department earlier this year. One in every four Bus guests report h...
Members of The Night Ministry staff load boxes in preparation for the agency's departure from its Ravenswood office.
The Night Ministry Transitions out of Its Ravenswood Headquarters
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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 fa...

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