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. This issue's theme: Innovation!

June 2017
Innovation: Phoenix Hall
Innovation is at the heart of The Night Ministry's work. In this edition, learn how that innovative spirit and a collaborative approach that included young people like Terrance Lindsey has driven the creation of The Night Ministry's fifth youth housing residence - Phoenix Hall.
Terrance Lindsey, 18, is a 2017 graduate of North Lawndale College Prep High School. He served on the school's Student Housing Council, which was instrumental in developing Phoenix Hall.
Terrance Lindsey knew some of his fellow classmates at North Lawndale College Prep High School (NLCP) on Chicago's West Side were homeless and struggling to find a place to lay their heads at night. But then his own mother lost her home at the start of his senior year, and the situation became personal.
  
"I had to stay with relatives," and his mom went to stay with a friend, the 18-year-old said. "It was hard for me in having to separate from my mom."
  
"People never knew ... because I never showed it," said Lindsey, who just graduated from NLCP and will attend Michigan State University in the fall. "Sometimes you'll never know that a student is homeless."
  
The stigma, and even the lack of understanding about homelessness among students, is changing, however. That's due, in part, to the innovative work of The Night Ministry and a collaboration of other social service and non-profit agencies who've been working in the school and the neighborhood for two years under the auspices of The North Lawndale Student Housing Initiative.
  
The result: Phoenix Hall, a transitional residence located in North Lawndale for North Lawndale students. When it opens shortly it will house up to eight students who not only will have a place to live, but also a wide array of supports such as tutoring and wellness activities.

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Ways To
Connect ... Support ... Engage
Phoenix Hall Housewarming Registry
 
Help make The Night Ministry's newest housing program feel like home. Visit our online  housewarming registry  to purchase an item or give a cash gift. Thank you!


A Year-End Gift
 
There's still time to donate before our fiscal year ends on June 30th. We hope you'll consider making a gift to The Night Ministry today, so that together we can continue to support youth, adults, and families facing homelessness and poverty.

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