Due to the uptick in violence in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago—specifically four stabbings—Lakeview residents are attempting to force out marginalized groups and organizations that support them. As such, the Night Ministry, a nonprofit organization that provides services to the homeless without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation or nationality, is now under fire as some residents believe it is attracting the “wrong” type of people to their neighborhood.
The Night Ministry is conscientious and understands that, more often than not, persons who are displaced lack the means to travel. Therefore, the Night Ministry brings their services to the streets of Chicago, several nights a week, to dispense meals and medical services from their van. Nevertheless, Lakeview residents have made numerous phone calls to Mitchell Feiger, CEO of MB Financial, to coax him into stopping the Night Ministry from administering services near MB Financial’s property as they see the homeless as an inconvenience.
The inconvenience is uprooting the Night Ministry and the people they serve—the people who will starve and succumb to elements of the night and inadequate medical attention. Give the homeless a voice—not an eviction notice. Tell Mitchell Feiger, CEO of MB Financial, the Night Ministry is right where it belongs!