Chicago: The Night Ministry

The Night Ministry’s programs, founded in 1976, fall under two categories: Youth Services and Health Outreach. The overreaching goals of these programs are to provide homeless and vulnerable young people and adults with the support, resources and confidence to overcome obstacles and improve circumstances. The programs are secular and known for supporting people without concern for race, ethnicity, religious or sexual orientation.

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During its fiscal year 2020, Night Ministry, which receives just 20% of its funding from the government, served 5,760 people. The Outreach and Health Ministry program made 34,695 outreach contacts, provided 2,669 health assessments and prevented 378 visits to the emergency room.

Street Medicine distributed 8,746 sack lunches and 4,905 hygiene kits. More than 700 people living with chronic health conditions, including asthma and diabetes, received care from the Outreach and Health Ministry Team. Without this team, these individuals’ conditions would have gone untreated. More than 460 young people and 38 infants/toddlers were sheltered across the organization’s five youth housing programs.

Seventy-four percent of discharged residents from the Interim Housing Program transitioned to more safe and stable housing, 62% of discharged residents from the STEPS Transitional Living Program transitioned to long-term housing, 73% of guests staying at The Crib Overnight Emergency Shelter were connected to supportive services.

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  • Provides more than 200 wound care kits to people living on the streets; or
  • Supports approximately 10 medical visits with nurse practitioners


  • Provides individual assistance to young people within The Crib Emergency Overnight Shelter Program; or
  • Laundry services to The Crib for eight months

Contact: The Night Ministry, 1735 North Ashland Ave., Ste. 2000, Chicago; 773.506.6005;

By the Numbers: The Night Ministry

  • Last year, the Outreach and Health Ministry Program provided 2,669 health assessments, and prevented 378 ER visits.
  • 469 young people and 38 infants/toddlers were sheltered across The Night Ministry’s five youth housing programs last year.

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