Paul W. Hamann
President & CEO
The Night Ministry
1,350 individuals experiencing homelessness or poverty served and 489 visits to the emergency room prevented by treating conditions that would have otherwise not been addressed.
302 young people experiencing homelessness or housing instability and 15 of their children served.
130 young people and adults supported in their transitions into more safe and stable housing.
The young people, adults, and families that The Night Ministry serve are particularly vulnerable at this time. Those living on the streets may be at higher risk of contracting the coronavirus. It is difficult to practice health and hygiene practices, and many have compromised immune systems or underlaying health concerns.
Those whom we serve are also hit hard by the pandemic’s impact on our economy and society, with some social services they rely upon scaled back or not operating. Meanwhile, with many businesses shuttered or running at reduced capacity, individuals and families living paycheck to paycheck find themselves scrambling to pay for housing, medicine, food, and other essentials. Those who have lost their jobs may also no longer have health care coverage.
The Night Ministry is incurring additional costs during this period for such items as food for our programs and emergency safety equipment as well as staff overtime and supplemental compensation to acknowledge essential employees who are required to work under challenging times.
You can support our mission during this challenging time by making a donation online or by calling 773-784-9000.
The Night Ministry is in need of the following items to help us continue serving our clients.
We continue to seek assistance with providing meals for our clients. We are collecting sack suppers for our Health Outreach Programs, accepting dropped-off meals for our Health Outreach Bus, and seeking hot meal deliveries for The Crib overnight shelter.
Sack suppers should include a sandwich (meat and cheese only, no condiments), fruit cup, a snack, and a bottle of water.
We are accepting prepared meals to serve 60 to 200 people at our Health Outreach Bus, depending on the stop. Meals may be dropped off at our administrative office or at the stop, but should be scheduled in advance.
At The Crib, we are accepting breakfast or dinner on the weekend for 25 people. Meals may be dropped off or sent by delivery, but must be scheduled in advance.
Please visit this link to see available dates to provide meals for the Health Outreach Bus or The Crib.
With the recent spike in coronavirus cases in the Chicago-area, we have cancelled onsite volunteer opportunities as of Friday, October 23, 2020. We care deeply about the health and safety of our clients, staff, and volunteers and hope to welcome back our amazing volunteers once cases return to more manageable levels.
The work of The Night Ministry and its dedicated staff during the pandemic have been featured in many recent news stories. Here are links to a few of them.
As collective knowledge about the coronavirus evolves, we are providing the following links to government websites where you may find updates on the pandemic, tips on how to protect yourself from the virus, what to do if you experience symptoms, and other important information.