View and share this e-newsletter from Paul W. Hamann, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Night Ministry, a non-profit providing housing, health care, and human connection to Chicago community members struggling with poverty or homelessness.
December 2017
Sharing the Spirit of the Holidays
The holiday season is a time of joy and wonder. We gather with friends and family to share in good cheer and make lasting memories over the dining room table or in front of the fireplace.

At The Night Ministry, we celebrate with the young people and adults we serve throughout all of our programs, thanks to the generosity of supporters, donors, and friends.

Keep reading below to find out how The Night Ministry brings the holiday spirit to those who might otherwise go without.

Your generosity brings holiday cheer to the neighborhoods served by our Health Outreach Bus.
Celebrations at the Health Outreach Bus

Our Health Outreach Bus will bring festivities to the seven neighborhoods it serves over the next week. In addition to enjoying a meal, hot chocolate, and cookies, guests will receive stockings---handmade and filled by kindhearted donors---containing much-needed personal items like thermal socks, hand warmers, and hygiene supplies. Children will also receive wrapped presents such as toys and clothing. In the meantime, members of the Street Medicine Team will present the clients they serve in encampments across Chicago with gift stockings.

Kris Citron, a volunteer for The Night Ministry who will be participating in Health Outreach Bus festivities, says the experience enriches everyone involved. "The wide eyes of children in anticipation and the sincerest of appreciation from the adults always brings me back to how the simple act of caring is a gift that cannot be compared," she said.

Festivities at Our Youth Programs

"The holidays can be a very tough time for many of the young people we serve," said Devin Redmond, Residential Services and Training Coordinator at The Night Ministry. "That is why it is especially important and beneficial to have celebrations like our Annual Youth Holiday Dinner and Party, where staff, volunteers, donors, and members of The Night Ministry's Associate Board come together to serve a restaurant-style meal for residents from all Youth Programs as part of an evening of fun, games, music, and gifts."

Young people who visit our Youth Outreach Van on the streets of the Lakeview neighborhood will also be treated to a holiday party hosted by Anshe Emet Synagogue, complete with seasonal decorations, a special meal, and gifts. Meanwhile, The Crib, our emergency overnight shelter for young adults, will be open all day and night on Christmas. Guests will partake in festive activities while enjoying breakfast, lunch, and a chef-prepared holiday dinner.

"Most importantly," said Redmond, "the holidays are a time to surround our resilient youth with warmth and love, and to remind them they are valued and cared for." 
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You can help make the holidays brighter for the young people and adults The Night Ministry serves. Email volunteering@thenightministry.org or call 773-506-7012  to find out how.
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Close Out the Year with a Gift to The Night Ministry

We hope this past year has been filled with joyous moments and cherished memories. We also hope you will consider making a year-end donation to The Night Ministry so we can continue to provide housing, health care, and human connection to our most vulnerable neighbors in the new year. 

Click here to make your tax-deductible gift today. If you have already made a donation, we thank you for your support.

Fixing Up the Holidays

In  what's become a holiday tradition, Paul W. Hamann, The Night Ministry's President & CEO, will join hosts Lou Manfredini and Lindsey Smithwick live on Mr. Fix-It on Saturday, December 23 at 8:35 am on WGN Radio 720 AM . Tune in to hear Paul discuss the latest on The Night Ministry and share in the spirit of the season.

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