Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Boystown Youth Shelter To Re-Open July 26

After being closed for six weeks, The Crib youth shelter at 835 West Addison will resume overnight operations next Wednesday according to the Night Ministry, its parent organization.

The Night Ministry voluntarily halted nightly operations on June 7, citing staff turnover, training, and other issues.

The Crib | The Night Ministry
"Over the past seven weeks, we have reviewed and revised our policies and procedures and hired and trained new staff,” Night Ministry Senior Vice President Erin Ryan told The Windy City Times.

The shelter’s operating procedures have raised concern in the past.

Major issues have included The Crib’s practice of allowing convicted violent felons to stay in the shelter with younger, marginalized, and easily-influenced youths.

The Crib | The Night Ministry
In February, a 23-year-old man who was 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.


As before, the shelter will operate in the basement of Lakeview Lutheran Church beginning July 26.

In announcing The Crib's closure, Ryan said,  “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."

Unclear with today's announcement is what changes have been made to make the small space better suited for the shelter's safe operation.
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12 comments:

  1. If there's a corresponding uptick in crime in the area of this "crib" or shelter or whatever it is, over the next few weeks, we'll have the answer.

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  2. The photos surprise me because I always pictured the place, foolishly I guess, as more of a military-style, clean and ordered place...not just a pigsty flophouse.

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  3. Guess they haven't learned there lesson yet. It's just a matter of time and someone will pay for "The Cribs" stupidity.

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  4. Thanks for giving the neighbors a heads-up!

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  5. That's no shelter.

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  6. Based on those photos, the Crib does not look like a reputable, genuine shelter. Looks more like a flop house in which a few individuals are pocketing large chunks of tax payer money.

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  7. They hate the police and are a safe refuge for violent west side predators

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  8. I was told by the church minister that they do not go through the sleep overs back packs because Hotels dont go through our stuff when we pay/ stay. Hotels do Id and credit card ID when you stay. I said your basement is not a hotel and you need to search and ID these grown men criminals out of the basement with kids.

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  9. The staff's flax jackets must have arrived.

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  10. Here's a idea, let's keep a tab and see if crime goes up or down. We have real stats for let's use 2 months prior from then 2 months after opening.

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  11. Isn't this the place where the "Director" called everybody "racist, ageist, homophobic, misogynist, classist" and every other name in the buzzword book except "Trump supporter" and was forced to resign the next week? What happened to her? CWB needs a "Where Are They Now?" column.

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  12. And the name "Erin Ryan" just reeks of Chicago Irish Thugette who's daddy owned a bar somewhere in the city proper or worked directly for Daley and she was, not born with a silver spoon in her mouth, but with "connections" even after the umbilical cord was cut.

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