The Night Ministry


About The Night Ministry

The Night Ministry serves youth and adults who face multiple complex challenges on a daily basis, including homelessness, poverty, abuse, loneliness, and neglect. Many of us who are not on the streets take for granted a lifetime of “helping hands” from family and friends. The people we serve often have not had this help.

Outreach Services: The Night Ministry operates on the ground in Chicago neighborhoods to build relationships and provide immediate, practical resources. Our Health Outreach Bus offers medical exams, treatment and HIV testing, as well as coffee, conversation and a sense of community. The Youth Outreach teams reach out to homeless and LGBT youth in Lakeview to offer non-judgmental support, guidance, food and self-care supplies.

Short-Term Housing: Our youth housing programs provide structured, safe and supportive living situations to youth from all backgrounds who face multiple, difficult challenges. The Crib is an overnight youth shelter for people age 18-24 that addresses immediate housing needs. Our 120-Day Interim program offers longer-term, housing and social services for homeless youth.

Pregnant and Parenting Program: The Night Ministry’s Open Door program is the only shelter in Chicago that will work with pregnant or parenting teens as young as 14. We operate a 120-day interim housing program dedicated to serving pregnant or parenting runaway, throw away, or homeless youth and their children.

Transitional Living Program: STEPS aims to transition teens age 18-21 from homeless to independent living within two years.

Current Opportunities at The Night Ministry

Individual Volunteers at The Crib, Open Door Shelter-West Town, and the Health Outreach Bus

The Night Ministry needs individual volunteers to serve at two of our shelters and on our Health Outreach Bus.

Volunteers must go through a one-time, 6 hour training and complete necessary paperwork.

E-mail volunteering@thenightministry.org for more information.

Type: Ongoing Opportunity
Good For: People Over 16
Days: Friday, Monday, Saturday, Sunday, Thursday, Tuesday, Wednesday
Times: Afternoons, Evenings, Mornings

Small Groups to Prepare and Serve Meals alongside The Night Ministry’s Health Outreach Bus

We are in need of groups of 4-6 people to prepare and serve food at our Health Outreach Bus stops.  Our Health Outreach Bus is out Sunday-Thursday each week, providing medical care, case management, and human connection to those in the neighborhoods we serve.  Currently the bus goes to Humboldt Park, Pilsen, South Shore, Back of the Yards, and Uptown.

Meal groups shop for and prepare a meal (can be as simple as sandwiches, chips, and fruit, or as complex as a hot meal) for 75-150, meet the Health Outreach Bus at the designated stop, and serve from a table on the sidewalk for about an hour.  This is a great way to get to know those who are experiencing poverty and homelessness while meeting a big need.

This opportunity is great for groups from congregations, corporations, schools, etc.

Type: Hot Opportunity, Ongoing Opportunity
Good For: Groups, People Over 16, Seniors
Days: Friday, Monday, Saturday, Sunday, Thursday, Tuesday, Wednesday
Times: Evenings
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