About LUM

The Lafayette Urban Ministry (LUM) is an organization of more than 45 churches that serves as a social safety net for Lafayette’s needy children and families.

For over 40 years, LUM has worked to give back the hope, the future, and the self-respect to low-income people in the Greater Lafayette area. We take an active role in trying to change social injustices and improve the quality of life for the poor of Indiana.

Loving neighbors, seeking justice, empowering the least among us, and renewing the Church’s social ministry

We invite you to learn about LUM and keep up to date with the latest LUM news and developments. Welcome!


LUM Staff

  • Staff Directory – click HERE
  • Director’s Message – click HERE

LUM Board of Directors: click HERE
LUM Member Churches: click HERE


LUM History


LUM Bylaws – view online, click HERE; to view PDF version, click HERE


LUM’s Mission Statement:

Poverty is the greatest thief. More than depriving a neighbor of food or shelter or warmth, it steals away hope. While other thieves may take away the past, poverty steals the future and self-respect.

The Lafayette Urban Ministry is in the business of restoring human dignity. Through voluntary efforts and contributions we give back the hope, the future, the self-respect, which all God’s people need and deserve.

Ours is a Christian ministry that welcomes congregations and people of all faiths. We give witness to God’s saving love and prophetic power by loving neighbors, seeking justice, empowering the least among us, and renewing the Church’s social ministry.


LUM Programs – Events – Services


Find LUM:
For information on our programs and services, volunteering opportunities, making a donation, or any other questions, you may stop in during our office hours or contact us by telephone,  mail, or e-mail.

Lafayette Urban Ministry
420 N 4th Street
Lafayette IN 47901-2213

Phone: 765.423.2691
E-mail: lum@lumserve.org
Website: lumserve.org
Client website: client.lumserve.org
Hunger Hike website: hungerhike.org
Turkey Trot 5K website: turkeytrot5krun.org


LUM Office – 420 N 4th Street, Lafayette, Indiana
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:15 am-4:30 pm


LUM Emergency Shelter – 525 N 4th Street, Lafayette, Indiana
Hours: Open every night. Check-in from 9 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.


LUM Immigration Clinic – 420 N 4th Street, Lafayette, Indiana
LUM Ray Ewry Youth Center – 525 N 4th Street, Lafayette, Indiana
LUM Protein Food Pantry – 525 N 4th Street, Lafayette, Indiana


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Nondiscrimination Statement – Lafayette Urban Ministry

Lafayette Urban Ministry does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military status, political association or belief, or union affiliation or activity, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and guests.

Lafayette Urban Ministry is an equal opportunity employer. We will not discriminate and will take affirmative action measures to ensure against discrimination in employment, recruitment, advertisements for employment, compensation, termination, upgrading, promotions, and other conditions of employment against any employee or job applicant on the bases of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran’s status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.