The Night Ministry has outreach services, short-term housing, pregnant and parenting programming, and transitional living programs for youth.
The November Organization of the Month is The Night Ministry.
The Night Ministry was founded in 1976 to serve people on Chicago’s nighttime streets struggling with loneliness, despair, poverty, substance abuse, homelessness and more. In 1984, The Night Ministry began targeting services, specifically for youth. They were pioneers in getting Illinois legislation passed, making it possible to open emergency shelters for youth who are not wards of the state. They have organized the Youth Shelter Network to more effectively coordinate services for homeless and at-risk youth in Chicago. Currently, The Night Ministry has outreach services, short-term housing, pregnant and parenting programming, and transitional living programs for youth. The Night Ministry is one of the nearly 7,000 resources NRS has in its referral database.
Since NRS is located in Chicago, The Night Ministry has served as a strong community partner. They have actively participated in National Runaway Prevention Month (NRPM), collaborated on offering training for staff and volunteers and attended NRS’ annual Thanksgiving Dinner.
On November 19, 2015, The Night Ministry and NRS co-sponsored a candle light vigil for NRPM2015. The Chicago event raised awareness of the runaway and homeless youth crisis. At Lakeview Lutheran Church, people gathered for a candle light service. Participants enjoyed a show presented by the Youth Empowerment Performance Project (YEPP). YEPP uses dance, song and spoken word in the creative and evocative performance art.