TNM Mission Moment
Thank you so much for inviting me to be with you this morning. I wish I could be with you in person as it is always a joy to return to GUMC. It’s difficult to believe that it’s been nearly 15 years since I was first appointed to be your Associate Pastor in July 2004.
I now serve as the Director of Mission Fulfillment at The Night Ministry in Chicago which GUMC has supported since before I joined the pastoral staff. The Night Ministry is a social service agency which seeks to support those struggling with homelessness and/or poverty by providing housing, healthcare, and a human connection.
The Night Ministry consists of two program areas: Health Outreach and Youth Services. Our Health Outreach Ministry consists of our 38-foot outreach bus that travels to 7 neighborhoods across the city, 6 days a week, to provide free healthcare, case management, and spiritual care to all who request our services. Additionally, a volunteer group – whether a church/synagogue/mosque, civic group, corporation, family or friends – provide and serve a meal to the guests to the health outreach bus. We are always in need of more meal groups so please be in touch if you or your group would be available to make and serve a meal.
Youth Services consists of a network of 5 shelters for youth/young adults who are experiencing homelessness or housing instability. Our shelters include a continuum of programs including The Crib, our emergency overnight shelter for young adults ages 18-24; our RAPPP program is our shelter for pregnant or parenting young women ages 16-21 who can stay for up to 21 days; Phoenix Hall, is our newest shelter designed to provide housing for students of North Lawndale College Prep High School which provides housing stability so students can complete High School; STEPS is our transitional living program for young adults where they can stay for up to 2 years. Each program provides case management and assistance to transition to more safe and stable housing which could be linkage to another program, assistance securing their own apartment or even family reunification.
Your support goes to aid all these programs which serves as a lifeline for those in need. As we all witnessed last week, winter in Chicagoland is brutal, especially for those without stable housing. During the polar vortex, The Crib was open 24 hours a day for a week and increased our capacity by adding beds in the hallway to assist even more young adults.
Thank you, Glenview UMC, for your ongoing support of The Night Ministry! It’s my honor to serve such an amazing organization and your continuing support means so much to me.
Blessings and all my best to you all!
Rev. Gregory Gross