LUM is Warming Hearts & Homes
Preparing for Winter’s Chilly Embrace
As fall & winter blanket our community in their chilly embrace, our longstanding commitment to aiding those in need shines ever brighter. At Lafayette Urban Ministry, we recognize that the winter season poses unique challenges for our most vulnerable neighbors. It’s a time when the cold bites deeper, making the warmth of compassion an indispensable lifeline. While LUM tirelessly serves clients throughout the year, winter’s arrival brings distinct hardships that demand special care and attention. Our mission stands resolute—to provide solace, support, and a sense of belonging.
Our winter mission is made possible through the kindness and support of our community. Whether you choose to volunteer your time, donate essential items, or contribute financially to LUM programs, your involvement can make a meaningful difference in the lives of those we serve. Together, we can ignite warmth even on the coldest of winter nights, kindling the flames of compassion and hope. As we embark on this winter mission, let us remember that by serving those in need, we illuminate the path toward a brighter, more compassionate world for all. To engage in LUM winter initiatives, click the links below.
Warming the Hearts of the UnHoused
An important winter initiative is the Winter Warming Station. When plummeting temperatures and harsh weather threaten the safety of our unhoused neighbors, LUM opens its doors to provide an additional sanctuary.
The Winter Warming Station complements the Emergency Shelter, offering a warm, secure haven where individuals can find respite from the bitter cold, each night from November 15 to April 15. The Winter Warming Station will open at 9 p.m., three hours earlier than in the past, and close at 7 a.m. LUM will also be making sure that all of the beds in the Emergency Shelter are filled ensuring that fewer individuals will need the Winter Warming Station. To engage in these LUM winter initiatives, click the links below.
Warming Homes with Food & Emergency Assistance
Beyond shelter, LUM provides nourishing meals, hygiene products, and new socks, winter hats, gloves and scarves. The devoted team of staff and volunteers ensures that no one in our community must endure a frigid night on the streets. Winter doesn’t discriminate, affecting all families striving to make ends meet.
The LUM Financial Assistance Program and Food Pantries become a lifeline for these families, ensuring they have emergency funding to avert crises and access to nutritious food during these challenging times. Additionally, LUM offers cleaning supplies, hygiene items, paper products, and other essentials to help families stay comfortable and housed. To engage in these LUM winter initiatives, click the links below.
Warming Children’s Hearts with Christmas
While winter can be a season of hardship, it also embodies moments of joy and celebration. LUM Jubilee Christmas is a program designed to bring smiles to the faces of children and families.
Thanks to the generosity of donors and volunteers, Jubilee Christmas provides gifts and holiday meals, allowing families to experience the magic of the season. This year, Jubilee Christmas is Saturday, December 9 but donations are needed now. There are hundreds of volunteer opportunities from November 7 through December 11. To engage in this LUM winter initiatives, click the links below.