Last month, Payline partnered with The Night Ministry, an outreach organization in Chicago that creates a positive impact by providing housing, health care, and human connection to those who are struggling with poverty and homelessness as part of our positive impact January 2017. Payline invited Gail Bernhoff, Manager of Volunteering at The Night Ministry, to speak to our staff about the organization’s services, including short-term housing for homeless youth, a transitional living program, and other outreach operations.
Most notably, The Night Ministry creates a positive impact in neighborhoods around the city by operating on the ground to build relationships and provide immediate, practical resources to those who need it most. Their Health Outreach Bus offers medical exams, treatment and HIV testing, as well as coffee, conversation and a sense of community. The Night Ministry teaches that outreach is the first step in relationship-building. They listen to every person’s story; they provide practical resources; they are patient and consistent in how they build relationships; and they empower each person they encounter to consider options based on their personal strengths.
To assist them in their mission of providing practical resources, Payliners assembled 312 hygiene kits to be passed out from their Health Outreach Bus for our positive impact January 2017. These kits are essential to The Night Ministry’s program because they include toiletries that individuals struggling with poverty and homelessness rely upon to stay healthy and retain dignity. Hygiene kits are passed out to homeless and unstably housed clients who visit The Night Ministry’s Health Outreach Bus. Hygiene items are also given out by The Night Ministry’s Youth Outreach Team and at The Crib, the emergency overnight shelter.
The Payline Team in Action
Positive Impact January 2017 Results at a Glance
Take a look at our complete results below:
Looking Ahead to Next Month’s Positive Impact
Throughout the month of February, Payline will be supporting the cause of Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation by working with Chicago-based no-kill pet shelter, PAWS. PAWS, which stands for “Pets Are Worth Saving”, is a national model in animal sheltering and is committed to bringing an end to the killing of homeless cats and dogs. In order to end the overpopulation of homeless animals, PAWS transforms animal welfare by setting higher standards in the way that animals are treated. According to their latest report, PAWS made a positive impact in Chicago by finding homes for nearly 6,000 homeless pets in 2015 and performing over 18,000 spay and neuter surgeries through their Lurie Clinic and GusMobile Spay/Neuter Van.
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Information for this piece came from The Night Ministry‘s website. If you are interested in getting involved with their program, sign up for their newsletter, Nightbytes.