Chicago’s Night Ministry: A Lifeline To The Homeless

Steve Miller
February 14, 2020 - 6:00 am
Nigh Ministry Stephan Koruba and Andrew Wojda

Stephan Koruba and Andrew Wojda of Nigh Ministry (WBBM Newsradio/Steve Miller)

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Representatives of Chicago’s Night Ministry have been trying to help the homeless and others get through this week’s cold snap.

At Adams and Wells, a young man stands on the corner holding a sign that says "Homeless and Hungry. Please Help."

He tells us he's been sleeping on the Blue Line at night: "That sucks because it's dangerous. I've been robbed a few times.  I have body lice that I caught on there. It's pretty brutal."

We ask how he ended up having to sleep on the L.

"I've been a heroin addict for like 10 years,” he said, “and I managed it somewhat well until kind of recently."

Blue Line Homeless
This man tells WBBM Newsradio he is homeless and must resort to sleeping on the Blue Line. (WBBM Newsradio/Steve Miller)

The Night Ministry arrived to help him out. They gave him a sweatshirt and wished him well.

Stephan Koruba and Andrew Wojda on Thursday also tried to find a homeless woman to make sure she gets to an appointment to sign an apartment lease.

They didn’t find her.

"There's times when things feel discouraging almost every week, but that's part of it,” Koruba said.

"You laugh to keep from crying a bit," says Wojda.

"But you know, these folks give us a lot back. They give us a lot back," says Koruba.