The Homestretch documentary opened Fri September 12th, at the Gene Siskel film center, and plays through September 18th. NRS is honored to serve…
The Homestretch documentary opened Fri September 12th, at the Gene Siskel film center, and plays through September 18th. NRS is honored to serve alongside longstanding partner and collaborator The Night Ministry on The Homestretch advisory task force. Throughout the week, we will cover the screenings and the steadfast organizations working behind the scenes to keep Chicago’s at-risk youth safe and off the streets.
The Night Ministry has been a national leader in providing housing and conducting street outreach to Chicago’s homeless youth. The Chicago-based organization, 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.
In January 2011, Night Ministry opened The Crib to provide 20 overnight emergency shelter beds for homeless young people ages 18 – 24. During the four-month pilot period, The Crib provided shelter to 138 young people. Encouraged by The Crib’s success at building relationships with Chicago’s street-based youth, the City of Chicago provided funding for The Night Ministry to operate the program seasonally until 2013 when funding from the City of Chicago and private funders made it possible to operate the program year-round.
Featured in The Homestretch documentary, The Crib, provides safe shelter, three nutritious meals, case management and referrals for support services. The Crib is located inside of Lakeview Lutheran Church, and consists of a large sleeping and recreation area, as well as bathroom and shower facilities. The program opens each evening at 9 pm, and youth are able to receive a warm, nutritious dinner, utilize the shower facilities, complete their homework, and engage in safe recreational activities, such as yoga and artistic expression.
- To learn more, check out The Homestretch documentary at the Gene Siskel film center, September 12th through September 18th;
- Read more on The Crib, including testimony from youth, here;
- And, visit our blog for more coverage of the screenings throughout the week!