SIA Foundation Supports LUM Shelter

SIA Foundation Awards $13,976 to LUM

At a recent celebration at Subaru of Indiana Automotive, the SIA Foundation awarded more than $173,000 to Indiana nonprofits, including LUM. For the spring cycle, 20 organizations from 14 counties received capital grants — including a $13,986 award to Lafayette Urban Ministry.

{Pictured receiving the big check is Pablo Malavenda, LUM executive program director (center), and SIA Foundation board members (L to R): Tom Easterday, David Rausch, Julie Cole & Ed Wulbrecht.}

At the LUM Emergency Shelter, there is a focus on health, cleanliness, accessibility, and safety each and every evening. Last fall, the LUM Healthy Shelter Initiative was launched and a comprehensive plan was put in place to make specific improvements. This $13,986 gift from the SIA Foundation will support this Initiative and will be used to purchase new bunk beds and mattresses. A few of the highlights of this Initiative are listed below.


To best prevent insects, most of the wooden bunk beds have been replaced with metal ones; and new seam-sealed mattresses and pillows were purchased. These are also easier to disinfect.


LUM plans on installing outdoor lockers for the guests to store their personal belongings. With everything being securely left outside of the facility, there will be a positive impact on the health and safety of the shelter.


In addition to strict food service protocols, LUM has made a “no food waste” pledge. LUM directors make sure that all food is served at the shelter or youth program, distributed at the two food pantries, or donated to another agency. So far, there has been zero food waste and the kitchens are cleaner and more organized.


A new elevator was installed, ensuring that individuals with disabilities may use the shelter.


All are now sturdy, made from plastic and metal, ensuring that they are able to be disinfected regularly.


In addition to the daily cleaning, volunteers now deep clean the entire shelter building and grounds each month.


Heat is the best way to kill insects. LUM now has heating units that will eliminate all insects when used regularly along with professional extermination.

Thanks to the associates of SIA and the board members of the SIA Foundation for supporting LUM.

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