Saturday, June 03, 2017

Boystown Youth Shelter Closing For At Least A Month, Staff Training And Turnover Cited

The Crib operates in the basement of Lakeview Lutheran Church near Halsted and Addison. | Google
The Night Ministry’s Crib, a youth shelter that operates out of Lakeview Lutheran Church at 835 West Addison, will close for at least a month beginning June 7 according to its parent organization.

While the Night Ministry is framing the closure as a chance to train its staff and address turnover issues, the announcement came just a day after police were called to the shelter to handle its latest security concern.

A Crib supervisor called 911 around 6 o’clock Friday morning after a suspicious man knocked aggressively on the shelter door and then covered a security camera lens.

In February, a 23-year-old man who’s on parole for robbery was arrested at the Crib after staff members reported seeing him carrying a gun inside the shelter.

Last October, CWBChicago reported that a different man who was on parole for robbery called 911 to report that he had been robbed inside the Crib.

That man, Keyruni Buford, was arrested in Boystown three weeks later after he punched a senior citizen in the face three times, took the victim’s phone and reached into the man’s pants to take his wallet, according to court records.

Erin Ryan, senior vice president for The Night Ministry, told The Windy City Times today, “We have had a couple incidents in the space—it's a small space and tensions were high...We had a couple incidents that made us concerned for the safety of the residents. We want to make sure the space is safe and that we review our policies and the way that we use it."

But Ryan is spinning the closure as a chance to train the shelter’s workers and address turnover.

A source who works with Boystown-area service agencies told CWB today that the Crib has had ongoing issues with staff retention and has had difficulty finding quality workers to staff the shelter.

The Crib will continue to offer nightly dinner service. Catholic Charities will help find shelter for people who show up at the Crib during its closure, Ryan said.
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26 comments:

  1. They need to close this shit hole it only takes in Gangster criminal people to then violently rob our law abiding tax paying renters and property owners. The management at the crib and the Center On Halsted is addle brained and constantly invites criminals from other neighborhoods. These criminals are not gays, gays lesbians and true drag queen and sex changes are NOT violent criminals which is what these ignorant programs are filling our neighborhood with (trash)

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  2. Oddly enough I had a conversation 3 weeks ago with the female minister about safety and guns knives mace that the (kids) my ass violent career adults were taking in the basement sleep area. she denied all that. Living proof right here!

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  3. Night Ministery takes in a bunch of violent ADULT gangsters "claiming to be kid gays" these repete violent weapon toting criminals are sleeping for days in the basement and then assult our law abiding high tax paying residents and night paying customers who frequent our businesses. This "church" is destroying the safety of our neighborhood. These crooks with violent criminal records do NOT live in Boys town and think its funny to rob and beat us up and these are NOT gays and Lesbians. Gays and Lesbians and sex changes do NOT commit these kinds of violent crimes. These are just little a hole criminals the Center On Halsted and the crib invite these filthy criminals up here with the lure of FREE STUFF. The "Church and Center" doing this is derogatory to the minority people they bring up here. it helps build these "kids" criminal records when repete caught making them unemployable in adult life. The money would be better spent if it was sent and used in the neighborhods these "kids" and adults live in because these criminals have no ZERO respect for Lake View, Wriggly Ville and Lincon park and delight in robbing our citizens. The Center and Church gives them the false impression this neighborhood is here for the criminals taking FREE STUFF and the criminals rob us. The criminals come down here with the feeling of busting everything in this neighborhood and yes they do. The fight up and down Halsted st. in the evenings break windows and doors taunt fight every one never becoming anything productive in the neighborhood and ugly mouth threatening for money and cigarettes or prostitution. I could only hope the people in charge of this church mess are attacked by the violent people they bring down not our decent neighbors and gays CLOSE THIS CHURCH PERMANENTLY!!!!

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    1. So you're advocating for violence against the LVLC and the Crib staff?
      Why not ask for more shelters for GLBT youth?

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    2. How about if start by not having MORE shelters, but instead we start by getting ONE to operate correctly. That'd be nice.

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    3. Nobody's advocating violence there Mr Overreaction @ 20:48 PM.
      CWB -- I'd second your statement.
      Here's what I CANNOT understand - how can any thinking person suggest that the solution to a (dubious) problem is to offer more of what has already proven to be ineffective / problematic / even harmful?
      Sheesh!
      Like having you doctor say 'Wow, you had a bad reaction to that drug and you're not getting better....take more of it!'
      Genius. Just genius.

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  4. Windy City Times would likely believe any snow job they are told.

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  5. As a neighborhood resident living a few blocks away I hope it forever closes. I met a couple youths who lived there temporarily and had just moved from Florida; they said there's a heirarchy and violent fights, they were scared to sleep. I also didn't know until they told me they get kicked out first thing in the morning. I typically don't talk to these people, but they fell to their knees over my dogs and were sincere and scared to stay there after 2 nights.

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  6. I knew one attractive dude from Iowa that lasted at COH a whole 6 months. I think having them on your resume is a great stepping stone. Prior to that he was trying to play he was attracted to me to get me to join some church even though I was twice his age. Even tried twice and paid for my lunch on his obvious expense account.

    He went and got his Masters in "Non-profit Administration" and is head of some diversity church who's head office is downtown. The www is a wonderful thing.

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  7. You mean its hard to keep employees who have to work all night for minimum wage in a church basement locked up with criminals?? I don't believe it....

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  8. Sounds like they're admitting what the neighbors have always said is true. The Crib is understaffed, poorly operated and freely mixes hardened criminals with a handful of kids who actually need help. It only took the Crib five years to admit to the truth. Wonder what broke the camel's back?

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  9. These dumbass "social service agencies" .... They're not going anywhere, as long as they have Tommy Tunney's city funds-producing tit to suckle on.

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  10. This is why liberalism and tolerance have their limits - scum take advantage.

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  11. All of you who have made such nasty comments about young folks who are less fortunate, should be ashamed. I know at times trouble arises; it's will happen with this population. But, how about perhaps volunteering your time to actually make a difference in someone's life at the shelter. Make a donation, offer to serve food. I read a comment where someone said they don't usually talk to "these folks." Really! Who says or does that. But, yet, the youth are characterized as horrible people whom one should stand themselves aloof from. Looks like making such comments like that is really what's horrible hun.

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    1. Morris, the neighbors would be *much* more supportive if the Crib took these actions years ago when the problems were first brought to their attention. Instead, they hid behind "isms" and claimed that no bad people stay at their facility, despite clear facts and video that show the contrary. Let's hope they get their act together.

      Remember--even people with the very best of intentions can do a horrible job. Look no further than this story.

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    2. Morris - time to get your head out of the sand buddy. (And yes, I do plenty with / for vulnerable "populations").
      FACTS speak very very clearly. Management at COH, Crib and others have consistently lied about their operations and about their policies. They're crummy neighbors. They house violent criminals. And they very often refuse to cooperate with police.
      The animus here is directed appropriately - against crummy neighbors and against thugs. Just as it should be.
      Perhaps YOU should call for some very very serious reform, so that COH, Crib etc could really serve the whole 'neighborhood'.

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  12. Shut it down for good. Add COH to the bunch. Letting people sleep or squat all day is of little help. You want to help? Get a JOB program going. Not that many want to work, sadly

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  13. Slightly off topic, but does anyone know how Broadway Youth Center is doing now that they've relocated a bit north? Have there been any incidents? Are they cooperating with police now?

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  14. Watch how crime within that area will dip slightly for a month because these criminals will have no where to hide.

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    1. Yup, they'll go HOME for a while.

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    2. They'll sleep behind the Magnet School.

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  15. This is clearly a problem with bad management by the Night Ministry. There are definitely those homeless LGBTQetc youth who could very much use a safe place to stay at night and there area definitely violent sociopaths who are only looking for a home base from which they can steal from the neighborhood. The Night Ministry and Ms Ryan need to do a better job of assessing people and weeding out the criminal element.

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  16. In other news Walsh secuirity will be taking over management of the shelter thanks to millions in city , state and federal grants.... not a far fetched in our corropt city.

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  17. Erin Ryan has solid professional cred, as she was formerly Executive Director of Lincoln Park Community Shelter, which is a shining and successful model for homeless services. An overriding issue with The Crib is that it is a transient homeless facility, those seeking to stay there are selected on a "first come - first served" basis. Screening undesirables out can be an unwieldy process. Lincoln Park Shelter serves long - term residents who are carefully screened and selected, and residents are required to be "with the program" in order to live there, which is a totally different model from the Crib. Additionally, Lincoln Park Shelter must hew to strict "Good Neighbor Agreements"...a shelter guest can be kicked out for something as minor as throwing a cig butt on the streets adjacent to the shelter (600 W. Fullerton); neighbors constantly monitor LPCS and the surrounding area, some with video cameras, any complaint from the neighbors will be quickly addressed. Another important factor is that LPCS is *totally* privately - funded, not dependent on public monies for its operation. Running a transient homeless facility is a thankless task, if proper steps are not taken, "the situation" will quickly spiral out of control, and this is what has happened with The Crib. Another issue is clueless social workers and staff who enable their clients by lacking any structure and setting no boundaries - it's the worst possible thing staff can do, as it results in much harm to the homeless clients, the agencies, and especially the neighborhood. I work in the field, so I see this all the time, it is very frustrating...I am lucky now to work at a place with strict behavioral guidelines for participants, no "feel good" nonsense allowed...!!! In any case, there is a great need for a youth homeless facility, and I wish the Night Ministry all the best in restructuring their program so that their clients will be empowered via a structured environment, and that no trouble befalls their neighbors and the surrounding community.

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    1. Thank you for your detailed input. We are familiar with LPCS' operation and strongly agree that its model is much better suited for the success of its participants as well as the long-term health of its program. Thank you for reminding us of their work.

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    2. Thank you, Crime in Boystown. I will add that a few years back I was a resident of LPCS, so I can see "both sides" of the homeless issue. I was just a middle - class type of guy that "Fell through the cracks" financially, and LPCS saved my life - and specifically it was the routine, structure, and discipline that ensured my and others' success. Now that I'm in the social services field (workforce development, e.g. assisting low - income folks with getting good jobs), I see much that disturbs me in the field, many of the programs out there simply enable participants' already bad life choices, and secondly, a number of these "feel - good" programs exist to keep agencies - and their salaried staffs! - financially afloat. Many of these agencies have an inbred social work culture, very hard to change. As for The Crib, my suggestion would be to get it OUT of the Boystown nightlife area, it is insane to have a youth facility in such a "disruptive" location. And the youth services that The Crib (and COH...) offer should be provided out in the neighborhoods where needed (South/West Sides...). All this takes money and effort and getting out of that "enabling" social work model of doing things...and a dose of of good old - fashioned real world common sense. As my boss says to clients who act inappropriately, "This is not the street - so either shape up or get out!" ;-)

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