Health Services

The Chicago Help Initiative offers the following programs to our program participants:

HIV and Hepatitis C Testing

The Night Ministry conducts free HIV and Hepatitis C testing for guests at our weekly meal. Founded in 1976, The Night Ministry has been providing a variety of services to the homeless and vulnerable on the nighttime streets of Chicago. In 2003, The Night Ministry received a grant from the Centers of Disease Control to conduct rapid HIV testing.

Flu Vaccination

Northwestern Memorial Hospital provides flu vaccines in the fall to our guests.

Blood Pressure

A group of medical students from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and Rush Medical College conduct blood pressure readings and other simple medical services

Mental Health Services

Professional staff members from Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s Norman and Ida Stone Institute of Psychiatry provide regular one-on-one counseling and psychiatric referrals to guests experiencing emotional problems and severe mental illness. 

Nurse Practitioner

The Night Ministry provides a nurse practitioner who trouble shoots, helps and refers those in medical need every week

Literacy Program

Literacy Program

CHI holds a regular weekly literacy program that matches volunteer tutors to individuals that need assistance. Our volunteers complete a one-day training workshop and then,… Read More
Gold, Barry

Meet Barry Gold

Barry Gold is a regular guest of The Chicago Help Initiative (CHI) and an avid photographer. Barry’s photographs have been featured in two… Read More
CHI Jobs Club

CHI Jobs Club

What is Jobs Club? If you are seeking employment, but have been out of work for a period of time or have issues you think… Read More