The move to a new facility in Chicago’s Bucktown neighborhood is enhancing the quality and improving the efficiency of the services we provide every year to thousands of our city’s must vulnerable residents while supporting ongoing innovation in our programs.
1735 North Ashland is the new home for The Crib, our overnight shelter for young adults, as well as our Health Outreach Program staff, their outreach vehicles, and our Central Administration.
The Crib provides safe, supportive shelter for young adults ages 18 to 24 who are experiencing homelessness. The program has relocated from Lakeview to 1735 North Ashland.
• Dining, sleeping, and activities take place in one 900-square-foot basement room
• Guests sleep on mats on the floor
• Limited shower and bathroom facilities
• Quiet dorm room with beds
• Dedicated dining room
• Large multi-purpose space
• Multiple private bathrooms and showers
• Youth Outreach Team on site to provide case management and other support
The Night Ministry’s Health Outreach Bus brings free health care, food, clothing, and supportive services directly to seven underserved Chicago neighborhoods six days a week. The Night Ministry’s Outreach & Health Ministry staff have relocated from 4711 North Ravenswood Avenue to 1735 North Ashland.
• Bus stored overnight miles away from Health Outreach staff
• No dedicated loading and unloading space
• Overnight parking for the Bus and other Outreach & Health Ministry vehicles
• Dedicated loading dock
• Enhanced storage for medicine and medical supplies
The Night Ministry’s headquarters is moving from 4711 North Ravenswood to 1735 North Ashland to accommodate increased operations which are critical to supporting innovation and growth in our programs.
• Staff size and operating budget have doubled since moving into current building in 2002
• Meeting and training spaces also function as as sorting and storage areas for in-kind donations
• More square footage for present and future staffing and operational needs
• Expanded storage area for in-kind donations such as clothing, hygiene kits, and sack suppers
• Increased space for holding volunteer trainings, staff gatherings, board meetings, community events, and more
The Night Ministry estimates the cost of the move and renovation of 1735 North Ashland, for which it has signed a multi-year lease, will be $5.6 million. It also projects an additional need of $1.7 million for capacity building and sustainability for the first three years of operation at the new building, as rent, utility, and occupancy costs will be greater than its current locations for The Crib and administrative offices.