Impact on Local Families & Children – So Far
During the first four months of 2020, Lafayette Urban Ministry was committed to staying open for business, offering rapid help & hope to 1,469 local households through one or more of our 16 programs.
During the crisis, LUM continued to offer local families financial & food assistance, immigration services, and shelter for those experiencing homelessness. Families were strengthened, and children were educated.
LUM program details for January – April 2020 are as follows:
- Emergency Shelter for the homeless—248 individuals were provided overnight accommodations 4,222 times.
- Good Samaritan Fund—$35,460 in direct cash assistance was provided to 408 households.
- ID Clinic—48 individuals were served.
- Immigration Clinic—137 individuals were served.
- New Opportunity Fund—3 individuals received grants to move into their own homes.
- Protein Food Pantry—301 households were served.
- Tax Assistance Program (free income tax preparation for low-wage workers)—270 tax returns filed from mid-January through mid-March. Tax refunds and credits totaling $386,730 were returned to those households — an average refund of $1,432 per household. The average annual adjusted gross income for those served by the program was $24,580.
- Winter Warming Station—177 individuals used the Winter Warming Station for a total of 554 visits.
- 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program (started on May 26)—40 children are currently enrolled.
- After School Program—61 Kindergarten through 8th grade students participated in the program during the 2019 – 2020 school year, which ended when local schools closed on March 23.
- LUM Camp—64 children, 40 counselors and 25 program leaders will be in attendance at this overnight summer camp for children (8 to 10 years old) during the last week of July.