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About Lafayette Urban Ministry

The Lafayette Urban Ministry (LUM) is an organization of more than 47 Christian churches that serves as a social safety net for Lafayette, Indiana's needy children and families.

LUM Raised $2,700 on #GivingTuesday


Whether it was making someone smile, helping a neighbor out, or showing up for an issue you care about, on #GivingTuesday you transformed the way we think about and act on giving all year long.

Thank you for participating in GivingTuesday — and for supporting LUM.

Jubilee Christmas – December Engagement Opportunities


Thursdays & Fridays – 10 a.m. to Noon
Donate | Needed Items | Host a Collection Drive | Volunteer | 


VOLUNTEER – LUM Jubilee Christmas needs lots of volunteer “elves” to bring Christmas to local families and children in need. These opportunities are perfect for GROUPSVolunteer opportunities are as follows:

  • HOST a FAMILY on Saturday, Dec. 10 (100+ needed) at 2 p.m.
  • MOVE & SORT Toys THIS Monday, Dec. 5 at 10 a.m.
  • Staff the DONATION Center – Now to Dec. 6, 1-5 p.m.
  • SORT Toys on Saturday, December 10 at 11 a.m.

DONATIONS are appreciated for Jubilee Christmas from churches, organizations and individuals, and help make the program a success. Your cash gift to Jubilee Christmas may be given in honor of a friend or family member — in lieu of a holiday gift. LUM will send a Holiday Card sharing that a donation has been made by you to Jubilee Christmas in their name.

GIVE NEEDED ITEMS to Jubilee Christmas. Donations of new, unwrapped toys, clothing (newborn to 12-year-old), books, games, sports equipment, quilts/family blankets are welcome. Donations may be dropped off on Monday & Tuesday (12/5 & 12/6) at Oakland High School (Lafayette) from 1 to 5 p.m. or Greyhouse Coffee & Supply Co. (West Lafayette) 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., now through Monday.


More – LUM December Engagement Opportunities

FOOD Pantries
(Thursdays & Fridays – 10 a.m. to Noon)


EMERGENCY Shelter
(Every Night – 8 p.m.)


JUBILEE Christmas
(Saturday, Dec. 10)


Please click the name above for more information — and SHARE with others who might be interested.

Homeless Services – December Engagement Opportunities


Every Night – 8 p.m. to 7 a.m.
Volunteer | Donate Provide Meals | Needed Items | Host a Collection Drive |


VOLUNTEER – The LUM Emergency Shelter needs Overnight Shelter Volunteers 365 nights a year from 8 p.m.-7 a.m. or 8 p.m. -midnight. Duties include checking in guests, serving dinner, distributing toiletries and maintaining a welcoming, safe & clean environment. The LUM Winter Warming Station is now open until mid-April and also needs volunteers each night.

MEALS – If you or your group wishes to prepare a meal for the shelter guests once or regularly, click HERE for more information. For more information on homeless services volunteer opportunities at LUM, click  HERE.

  • Make a Monetary DONATION, click HERE
  • Sign up to VOLUNTEER, click HERE
  • Donate Needed ITEMS, click HERE
  • Prepare a MEAL for LUM guests, click HERE

Your financial generosity is not only an act of hospitality toward those with no home of their own, it is also an investment in the health and safety of the greater community. If you’re interested or need more information, click HERE — or email or call Jeffrey Auguste (jauguste@lumserve.org | 765-423-2691).


More – LUM December Engagement Opportunities

FOOD Pantries
(Thursdays & Fridays – 10 a.m. to Noon)


EMERGENCY Shelter
(Every Night – 8 p.m.)


JUBILEE Christmas
(Saturday, Dec. 10)


Please click the name above for more information — and SHARE with others who might be interested.

Food Pantries – December Engagement Opportunities


Thursdays & Fridays – 10 a.m. to Noon
Donate | Needed Items | Host a Collection Drive | Volunteer | 


LUM operates two food pantries — the Protein Food Pantry in downtown Lafayette & Westside Food Pantry in West Lafayette. Volunteers are needed each Thursday & Friday morning from 10 a.m. to Noon, and delivery of donated items will be received during those times. Four Ways YOU can help the LUM Food Programs are as follows:

  1. Make a MONETARY DONATION, click HERE
  2. Sign up to VOLUNTEER, click HERE
  3. Donate NEEDED ITEMS, click HERE
  4. Sponsor a FOOD DRIVE, click HERE

If you have questions or need further information, go to lumserve.org/food-pantry, call 765-423-2691 or email foodpantry@lumserve.org.


More – LUM December Engagement Opportunities

FOOD Pantries
(Thursdays & Fridays – 10 a.m. to Noon)


EMERGENCY Shelter
(Every Night – 8 p.m.)


JUBILEE Christmas
(Saturday, Dec. 10)


Please click the name above for more information — and SHARE with others who might be interested.

Quick Links – December Engagement Opportunities


| Sign Up | Donate | Volunteer | Needed Items |


JUBILEE Christmas
(Saturday, Dec. 10)


EMERGENCY Shelter
(Every Night – 8 p.m.)


FOOD Pantries
(Thursdays & Fridays – 10 a.m. to Noon)


      Please click the name above for more information — and SHARE with others who might be interested.

      Turkey Trot 5K Run – Record Breaking Again


      850+ Participants – $39,000+ Raised for LUM

      The LUM Turkey Trot 5K Run attracted a record number of participants on Thanksgiving morning and also raised a record amount of money for LUM. This year, the weather was perfect, the event raised more than $39,000 and more than 850 individuals were registered to participate. 

      Turkey Trot is an important event for LUM because it creates a sense of community and funds all of the LUM programs including youth programs, the food pantriesfinancial assistance, immigration services, tax assistance and homelessness services. Please join us in thanking all of our participants, donors, and event sponsors. If you missed the Turkey Trot and wish to make a donation, click the button below and mark your calendars for next year.

      • EVENT SPONSOR – To view the list of all of our Event Sponsors, including monetary donations and in-kind gifts, click HERE.
      • PHOTOS – To view more photos, click HERE.
      • RESULTS – 2022 Race RESULTS — Turkey Trot 5K Run
        • Listed by time — click HERE
        • Listed by group — click HERE

      LUM Food Pantry – Three Ways to Get Engaged

      The LUM Protein & Westside Food Pantries need you. Here are three ways to get engaged today. The LUM Food Pantries are open weekly on Thursday & Friday mornings and focus on providing “protein, paper goods & produce.”

      Volunteers are needed each Thursday & Friday morning from 10 a.m. to Noon, and delivery of donated items will be received during those times.

      Four Ways YOU can help the LUM Food Programs are as follows:

      • Make a Monetary Donation, click HERE
      • Sign up to Volunteer, click HERE
      • Donate Needed Items, click HERE

      If you have questions or need further information, go to lumserve.org/food-pantry, call 765-423-2691 or email foodpantry@lumserve.org.

      Village Soup Day Supports LUM Again

      More Than 300 Meals – Big Support for LUM

      Last week, Westminster Village in West Lafayette sponsored the Village Soup Day in support of LUM programs. The Westminster Village staff sold more than 300 meals featuring their famous menu of hot broccoli cheddar soup, chili, maple vinaigrette salad, house-made rolls, and gourmet choc-chip cookies.

      The money raised from this event will have an immediate positive impact on local families in need, children, and our neighbors experiencing homelessness. 

      Thank you, Westminster Village staff for your support of LUM!

      Jubilee Christmas Needs Your Support

      Countdown to Jubilee Christmas – Only Days Away


      VOLUNTEER DONATE GIVE NEEDED ITEMS

      VOLUNTEER elves are needed to staff our Donation Center (Nov. 28 – Dec. 6) and to assist with Jubilee Christmas part 2 on Saturday, December 10. This is a great opportunity to host a family and assist them in shopping for their children. Please SHARE this with others.

      DONATIONS are appreciated for Jubilee Christmas from churches, organizations and individuals, and help make the program a success. You can help by donating a cash gift of $50, $100, $250, $500, $1,000 or more to Jubilee Christmas. Your cash gift to Jubilee Christmas may be given in honor of a friend or family member — in lieu of a holiday gift. LUM will send a Holiday Card sharing that a donation has been made by you to Jubilee Christmas in their name.

      GIVE NEEDED ITEMS to Jubilee Christmas. Donations of new, unwrapped toys, clothing (newborn to 12-year-old), books, games, sports equipment, quilts/family blankets are welcome. Donations may be dropped off starting Monday (11/28) to at the LUM Office (Lafayette) and Greyhouse Coffee & Supply Co. (West Lafayette).


      Information | Donate | Volunteer | Donate Toys & Other Needed Items |


      Donate Items — Jubilee Christmas Wishlist — new items only

      • Toys, Board Games, Dolls, Lego sets, Dress up & Pretend Play, Play kitchen items
        • Highest need — children aged 10 – 12 years old
        • No Guns, please
      • Sports & Recreation equipment — Balls & equipment (basketball, soccer, kick balls, baseball, etc.), Bikes, Outdoor games (Flying discs – Frisbee, Hula-hoops, Jump ropes, Family games)
      • Books (grade-level: Pre-K through teen)
      • Craft Kits & Art Supplies
      • Children’s clothing — outfits; winter coats, gloves, hats, scarves, boots;
      • Blankets & Quilts — each family gets at least one for the family
      • Wrapping Paper, Gift Bags, Tape
      • Batteries
      • Gift Cards — Food cards, Gift cards for teen siblings
      • Bottled water
      • Trash bags (30 gallon)

      Donation Centers are as follows:

      • LUM Office
        420 N 4th Street, Lafayette
        — Monday, November 28 through Friday, December 2 — 1 to 5 p.m.
      • Oakland High School/LARA
        1100 Elizabeth Street, Lafayette (rear – cafeteria entrance)
        — Monday, December 5 & Tuesday, December 6 — 1 to 5 p.m.
      • Greyhouse Coffee & Supply Co.
        100 Northwestern Avenue, West Lafayette
        — Through Monday, December 5; HOURS: Mon. – Fri. 7 a.m.-10:30 p.m., Sat. & Sun. 8 a.m.-10:30 p.m.

      For more information on LUM Jubilee Christmas, click HERE.


      | Make a Donation | Volunteer | Donate Toys |



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      Jubilee Christmas

      LUM Focuses on Hope This Thanksgiving


      Community Thanksgiving Feast – Restoring Hope

      Thanksgiving at LUM is about restoring hope — and the LUM Community Thanksgiving Feast makes it happen. The “feast” is just winding down at Central Presbyterian Church in downtown Lafayette, IN, and it was a special event. For the first time since 2019 (pre-COVID), guests were able to eat their holiday meal together — restoring hope for all of us. In addition to the turkey dinner, there was live music featuring West Lafayette High School orchestra students, Blue Moon Rising, and Larry Guentert Jazz Duo.

      The LUM Community Thanksgiving Feast takes two months of planning, engages more than 200 volunteers and requires approximately $10,000 in donations to make it happen. The meals included roasted & smoked turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, yams, cranberry sauce, stuffing (AKA dressing), bread/rolls, a variety of beverages, and slice of pie. More than 800 meals were distributed — including 82 turkeys and 112 homemade pies.

      LUM is grateful to Central Presbyterian Church for use of their facilities. It was also special to have several local officials “breaking bread” with our guests, including Indiana State Representatives Sheila Klinker Chris Campbell, Mayor Tony Roswarski, and Lafayette City Council members, Kevin Klinker and Nancy Nargi. Additional information and acknowledgements include the following:

      • Food donations: Chick-fil-A, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, First Christian Church, Great Harvest Bread Company, Lafayette Brewing Co., Jane’s Gourmet Deli, La Scala, Oliverio’s Southland Restaurant, Phoenix Paramedics Solutions, Purdue Federal Credit Union, SmittyBread, St. John’s Episcopal Church, and St. Thomas Aquinas Center plus dozens of individuals.
      • Table decorations and placemats were created by the students enrolled at the LUM After School Program, Creekside Growers, St. Boniface Elementary, St. Mary Cathedral Elementary School, and West Lafayette Elementary School.
      • The Crew: Thanks to Josh Prokopy, who directed the event; Nina Morgan, who headed up the kitchen crew; Terri Anderson for working with the volunteers, Jackie Gracer for managing the dining room; and Wes Tillett for emceeing and hosting the event.

      It was a joyous community event and a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday celebration for all. Please consider a donation to offset the expenses of this special LUM event. To view more PHOTOS, click HERE.