GMMA Day 4: The Night Ministry


For an overview of what’s going on here, see this post from Monday.

Today, our penultimate day of Pseudostoops’ Giving My Money Away 2012, I’m bringing back an old favorite from GMMAs past: the Night Ministry.

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The Night Ministry is an incredible organization. In its own words:

The Night Ministry is a Chicago-based organization that 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.

 

The Night Ministry offers services “at the moment of need on the street.” The Health Outreach Bus travels to Chicago neighborhoods from 7-11:30 pm Monday through Saturday on a regular schedule.  This model, with a predictable schedule and traveling to areas of great need, allows the bus to provide essential health care services to people who very often find it difficult or impossible to access health care services elsewhere.  Volunteers also provide meal service alongside the bus so that clients can get a meal, too.

The Night Ministry also provides a continuum of care to homeless and LGBT youth. It reaches out to them where they are — on the street — providing non-judgmental support, guidance, food, and self-care supplies. This is a particularly vulnerable population, and particularly at this time of year, when I am warm and snug with my family, it hurts my heart to think of anyone, particularly youth, living on the street. I’m grateful that the Night Ministry is working hard to help these kids.

They’re an incredible organization, and I’m happy to support them. So get to commenting! (And remember, tomorrow I’ll be choosing a project from one of the amazing classrooms featured at DonorsChoose.org to receive a $50 donation- if you’d like to nominate a classroom, let me know in the comments!)

As always, thank you.


29 Responses to GMMA Day 4: The Night Ministry

  1. Silvia says:

    Great cause!

  2. Hillary says:

    What a great organization.

  3. Elissa says:

    Sounds like a great organization and mission–thanks again for donig this!

  4. Ris says:

    Sounds like a great organization!

  5. Erica says:

    Yet another good cause.

  6. Pamela says:

    What a great organization.

  7. Alice says:

    Another great one. Thanks again!!

  8. christina says:

    They are a great organization!

  9. d e v a n says:

    oops, missed yesterday! I won’t let today slip by. Great cause!

  10. Kristabella says:

    This is a great one!

  11. Kelly says:

    Awesome cause!

  12. Swistle says:

    Every year I laugh remembering how the post office once (just once) opened a letter from The Night Ministry to me. There was special paperwork about opening for inspection or something, and it was this absolutely innocent fundraising letter. I wonder if the post office thought the name meant…some other kind of ministry done at night. And if they felt a bit sheepish after they opened it!

  13. Gretchen says:

    Thanks!

  14. Matti says:

    Another great choice!

  15. Katie says:

    I love that you have featured multiple homelessness, poverty, and health charities, because I worry about them this time of year.

  16. Angela (@Aferg22) says:

    Wonderful.

  17. Susie says:

    Swistle’s comment made me snort my diet coke.

  18. Elizabeth says:

    This is me, leaving you a comment.

  19. animalcrackers says:

    One of their buses used to (maybe still does) park behind my old building. They do good things.

  20. Lauren says:

    Comment! (So mad at myself that I forgot to comment for a couple of days. Boo, me!)

  21. NGS says:

    Thanks for doing this every year!!

  22. Cari says:

    This is a great cause, and I love that you do this every year. A wonderful tradition.

  23. Jesabes says:

    Bummed I missed yesterday!

  24. Lizzie says:

    We used to help out with this org as kids through church. Thanks for the rec, def going to donate to them this year!