The Night Ministry’s Health Outreach Bus at its stop in East Garfield Park neighborhood. The Health Outreach Bus visits underserved communities throughout Chicago, providing free health care, meals, hygiene supplies and links to other supportive services. Credit: provided

RAVENSWOOD — By the end of November, The Night Ministry will say goodbye to its long-time Ravenswood headquarters as it continues its transition into a new home in Bucktown. 

The nonprofit provides housing, health care and more to people struggling with homelessness and poverty. Its headquarters for the past 17 years has been based out of the building at 4711 N. Ravenswood Ave.

Earlier this year the building was sold, so the nonprofit decided to move its headquarters and health outreach staff. The Night Ministry first announced plans to move into the Bucktown address in May.

“Our Ravenswood neighbors have been wonderful supporters of our mission,” said Paul W. Hamann, president and CEO of The Night Ministry. “While we hope they will continue to support us, and we will miss being a member of the community, our move to the Bucktown facility will greatly enhance the services we provide to Chicago’s homeless population.”

The lease at the Ravenswood address expires Dec. 31. The new Bucktown location at 1735 N. Ashland Ave. won’t be ready to serve as the new headquarters until next spring. 

In the meantime, the nonprofit will temporarily move its headquarters and health outreach staff to Edgewater Presbyterian Church, 1020 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. By the end of November, the Night Ministry will be completely moved out of the Ravenswood address.

“All of our programs operate at different sites and the move will have no impact on them,” said Burke Patten, a spokesperson for the nonprofit. 

During the transition period, The Night Ministry’s mailing address will remain 4711 N. Ravenswood Ave. The nonprofit will also continue to accept in-kind donations, such as new clothing and hygiene supplies, at the Ravenswood building through Dec. 13. 

Starting Dec. 16, in-kind donations will be accepted at Edgewater Presbyterian Church.

When The Night Ministry moves into its new Bucktown headquarters next year it’ll allow for easier parking of the bus used in the health outreach program, Patten said. 

“At the Ravenswood address we couldn’t park it nearby. It was always parked about three and a half miles away. So every time the bus was going out somebody had to go and get the bus,” Patten said. 

The new Bucktown location is also closer to the areas served by The Night Ministry’s programs, he said.

The Crib — an overnight shelter for young adults currently based out of Lake View Lutheran Church, 835 W. Addison St. — will also be relocated to the Bucktown building in the spring.

For more information on the transition click here.

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