For Mark Warren, serving as Vice Chair of The Night Ministry's Board of Directors allows him to play an active, ongoing role in providing hope, compassion, and encouragement to individuals experiencing homelessness and poverty in Chicago. We asked Mark, a management consultant at Point B, to share what drives his engagement with The Night Ministry.
How did you first learn about The Night Ministry?
I first became aware of The Night Ministry by seeing the Health Outreach Bus in Wicker Park years ago. I ended up taking a deeper look into the organization and volunteered, packing hygiene kits, and then, a few years later I was introduced to the Board through a working relationship that my firm had with [former Board Chair] Laurie Neu.
How would you describe The Night Ministry's Board?
It's a very active board that is passionate about the mission of The Night Ministry. Each Board member comes with different skills and different strengths. There are a lot of strategic thinkers who understand the importance of getting the job done.
What is the one thing that has made you feel most proud about serving on The Night Ministry's Board?
It's really my association with an agency that has an amazing staff. For example, I had the opportunity to participate in our recent strategic planning efforts [for youth programs] and was extremely impressed by the ability of The Night Ministry staff to find the right balance between innovation and practicality.
What would you tell someone who is thinking about supporting The Night Ministry?
I would say the time and resources donated to The Night Ministry will have an immediate impact on the lives of those who are in most need.