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.
Northwestern Memorial Hospital provides flu vaccines in the fall to our guests.
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.
The Night Ministry provides a nurse practitioner who trouble shoots, helps and refers those in medical need every week