Chicago's Night Ministry Turns Overnight Shelter Into 24/7 Home

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) — The Night Ministry serves the homeless in Chicago, and right now they’re trying to help people shelter-at-home, when those people don’t really have a home. 

One of the shelters run by the Night Ministry is the Crib, which normally is just an overnight emergency shelter for homeless people aged aged 18 to 24.

Night Ministry President Paul Hamann said Wednesday the Crib is in the basement of Lakeview Lutheran Church.

“We normally sleep 21 young people on a 900-square-foot area,” he said. “But what we’ve had to do is actually move up into the sanctuary of the church and provide sleeping space up there. That way, we can provide distance between the guests whom we serve.”

Hamann says it works out because there’s no church these days. They are able to let the homeless youth sleep on two levels and stay there 24/7.

One big challenge, he says, has been getting the young people to stay in.  

Hamann says Night Ministry brought in some junk food. That has helped.