Ride Along With The Night Ministry

The Night Ministry's Health Outreach bus draws a crowd at Humboldt Park in Chicago during a Sunday afternoon stop March 29, 2015. (DePaul University/Jamie Moncrief)

On a cold winter night in Chicago, the last place most people want to be is outdoors. Unfortunately, people struggling with poverty and homelessness often don’t have that choice. It is with this understanding in mind that DePaul alumni, faculty and staff take DePaul’s mission to heart by volunteering with The Night Ministry. Each year, this 40-year-old, Chicago-based nonprofit provides housing, health care and human connection to 5,200 adults, teens, pregnant women and new moms in six Chicago neighborhoods. Jamie Moncrief, assistant director of visual content in DePaul’s Office of Public Relations and Communications, rode with the crew of The Night Ministry’s Health Outreach bus to photograph them in action.

The Night Ministry's Health Outreach bus makes its way towards Humboldt Park in Chicago during an evening stops where volunteers offer healthcare, food and clothing to the needy and homeless. (DePaul University/Jamie Moncrief)

The Night Ministry’s Health Outreach bus travels to Chicago’s Humboldt Park, where volunteers will spend the evening providing health care, food, clothing and personal hygiene supplies to those in need.

Matthew Sorenson examines Magdeline Cruz (note spelling) inside the Night Ministry's Health Outreach Bus during a stop Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015 at Humboldt Park in Chicago. Cruz credits the Night Ministry organization for getting her off the streets and providing her healthcare she cannot afford. Sorenson is the associate director, Master's Entry to Nursing Practice Program at the College of Science and Health. (DePaul University/Jamie Moncrief)

Matthew Sorenson, associate director of the master’s entry to nursing practice program at DePaul’s College of Science and Health, regularly volunteers his expertise to The Night Ministry. Here, he discusses treatment options with Magdeline Cruz inside the Health Outreach bus. Cruz credits the organization with getting her off the streets and providing her with health care that is financially out of her reach.

Matt Holmes (CDM ’14) and Melanie Fritz go through their supplies of food, beverages and outerwear to help fortify those in need against the harsh winter weather.

Matt Holmes (CDM ’14) and Melanie Fritz go through their supplies of food, beverages and outerwear to help fortify those in need against the harsh winter weather.

Members of the First Congregational Church of Western Springs hand out bag lunches near The Night Ministry’s Health Outreach bus during a Sunday afternoon stop.

Members of the First Congregational Church of Western Springs hand out bag lunches near The Night Ministry’s Health Outreach bus during a Sunday afternoon stop.

Needy members of the Humboldt Park community wait patiently for food, supplies and health care services outside the Health Outreach bus.

Needy members of the Humboldt Park community wait patiently for food, supplies and health care services outside the Health Outreach bus.

Hospitality volunteers Hani Kuttab, right, and J.R. Clark offer up conversation with the hot beverages and supplies they hand out to those who count on The Night Ministry’s services for some basic needs, including human contact.

Hospitality volunteers Hani Kuttab, right, and J.R. Clark offer up conversation with the hot beverages and supplies they hand out to those who count on The Night Ministry’s services for some basic needs, including human contact.

2 responses to “Ride Along With The Night Ministry

  1. Dear Friends,
    How are you? Please let me know how can I be the volunteer to go with “The Night Ministry bus”. Thank you very much.
    I am currently teaching in the Math Department.

    Marie Ju yju@depaul.edu

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