Health Services

Health and Wellness

The Chicago Help Initiative offers the following programs to our guests:

HIV and Hepatitis C Testing - The Night Ministry conducts free, confidential, rapid HIV and Hepatitis C testing for guests at our weekly meal. 

Flu Shots - Northwestern Memorial Hospital provides free 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 difficulties or mental illness. 

Nurse Practitioner - Every week, a nurse practitioner from The Night Ministry is on hand during our meal to assist any of our guests in need of medical attention with general help and referrals. 

Chair Yoga - A certified yoga instructor guides our residents who have physical challenges — or just want to relieve stress — through an hour-long “chair yoga” class prior to each meal. The instruction is low-impact and focused on flexibility and mindfulness.

Did you know?


of the people we serve are military service veterans.

They help us with food, social services. Nothing but love, that’s how I feel about the Chicago Help Initiative.”