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The Night Ministry

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Citizen Participation, Homeless & Housing, Homeless Shelters

Mission: The Night Ministry is a Chicago-based organization that works to provide housing, health care and human connection to members of our community struggling with poverty or homelessness. With an open heart and an open mind, we accept people as they are and work to address their immediate physical, emotional and social needs while affirming their sense of humanity. Through The Night Ministry's Health Outreach Bus, Youth Outreach Van and Youth Shelter Network, we work on the ground in Chicago neighborhoods to reach adults, teens, pregnant and new moms who have nowhere else to go.

Results: The Night Ministry’s programs served over 5,000 individuals: our Outreach and Health Ministry Program provided vital health care and support services to 4,610 individuals of all ages, and our four Youth Shelter Programs provide shelter and support services to 450 youth and 44 of their children.

Target demographics: homeless, precariously housed and vulnerable youth and adults.

Direct beneficiaries per year: more than 5,000 unduplicated over the past year.

Geographic areas served: Chicago

Programs: Three housing programs in two youth shelters, where young people without a home can also bring their children. A specially outfitted Health Outreach Bus that makes scheduled stops to six Chicago neighborhoods, rain or shine. A Youth Outreach Team that visits two neighborhoods, providing food, hygiene kits, and referrals.

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Rating: 5

This wonderful organization won my heart and the hearts of my family many years ago. It provides services that otherwise would be completely unavailable to an underserved population that desperately needs help --mobile health services, warm meals and companionship, offered on the streets, in the places where the homeless and needy tend to gather. The Night Ministry goes to the population it serves... bringing compassion, conversation, a listening ear, a helping hand and a caring heart. In addition, The Night Ministry provides a range of services, including shelters, to youth on the street. Wonderful staff, amazing administration, incredible volunteers, and critical mission.