Category Archives: Good Samaritan Fund

LUM Receives $90,000 for COVID-19 Relief

Tippecanoe COVID-19 Response Fund

Lafayette Urban Ministry has been awarded an additional $25,000 from the Tippecanoe COVID-19 Response Fund — making the total received so far $90,000 ($15,000 in March, $20,000 in May, $30,000 in July & $25,000 in August). 

The Tippecanoe COVID-19 Response Fund was created by United Way of Greater Lafayette, The Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette and Greater Lafayette Commerce to bring relief to the area’s most vulnerable individuals and families. LUM is a funded partner agency and continues to serve those experiencing the short-term and long-term impacts of the coronavirus outbreak.

The monies have been rapidly distributed through the LUM Good Samaritan Program to seniors, children and low-income families to help with recovery, including housing and utility expenses. The fund is also helping with prescription medication assistance, access to childcare for families effected by closures, and services and shelter for people experiencing homelessness who lack the resources to stay safe.

Thank you to United Way of Greater Lafayette, The Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette, and Greater Lafayette Commerce for their continued support and designating LUM a partner in the important initiative.


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LUM Shelter – CARES Act Grant $17,500

West Lafayette CDBG – CARES Act Grant

The LUM Emergency Shelter has recently been awarded a $17,500 grant from the City of West Lafayette through the Community Development Block Grant program made possible by the CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security). This money will cover the unique costs incurred by the LUM Emergency Shelter as a result of COVID-19.

This award will ensure that the LUM Emergency Shelter may continue to operate during this crisis and provide support to those trying to avoid or transition out of homelessness every night of the year — while complying with and exceeding the recommended COVID-19 health & safety protocols. LUM is grateful for the continued support of and partnership with the City of West Lafayette.


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LUM Receives $65,000 for COVID-19 Relief

Tippecanoe COVID-19 Response Fund

Lafayette Urban Ministry has been awarded an additional $30,000 from the Tippecanoe COVID-19 Response Fund — making the total received so far $65,000 ($15,000 in March, $20,000 in May & $30,000 in July). The Tippecanoe COVID-19 Response Fund, created by United Way of Greater Lafayette, The Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette and Greater Lafayette Commerce, to bring relief to the area’s most vulnerable individuals and families. LUM is a funded partner agency and continues to serve those experiencing the short-term and long-term impacts of the coronavirus outbreak. 

The monies have been rapidly distributed through the LUM Good Samaritan Program to seniors, children and low-income families to help with recovery, including housing and utility expenses. The fund is also helping with prescription medication assistance, access to childcare for families effected by closures, and services and shelter for people experiencing homelessness who lack the resources to stay safe.

Thank you to United Way of Greater Lafayette, The Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette, and Greater Lafayette Commerce for their continued support and designating LUM a partner in the important initiative.


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Tippecanoe COVID-19 Hotline Launched


LUM Housing & Stability Assistance

Earlier this month, the Tippecanoe COVID-19 Housing & Stability Hotline was launched. This community resource will connect households struggling to pay rent, mortgages, and utilities during the COVID-19 pandemic to the LUM Good Samaritan Program along with other organizations equipped to provide aid. Hotline operators will ask a series of questions, determine the best resource to direct callers to, and provide a warm connection to that resource. The goal is to remove obstacles and reduce the amount of time between requests for aid and delivery of support.

The Housing & Stability Hotline is a partnership between United Way Greater Lafayette, The Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette, The City of Lafayette, and Lafayette Urban Ministry. The hotline can be reached by phone or text at 765-201-0668, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Calls will be returned within one business day. Residents may also complete an online form by visiting uwlafayette.org/housing.


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LUM Awarded $10,000 from CARES Act

Lafayette Urban Ministry has also been awarded a $10,000 grant made possible by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

This money is designated to provide emergency shelter for individuals experiencing homelessness including shelter operating costs, expansion of shelter and essential services for shelter guests and their families.

This award will ensure that the LUM Emergency Shelter may still operate during this crisis and provide support to those trying to avoid or transition out of homelessness.


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LUM Awarded $13,679 in Federal Support


Lafayette Urban Ministry has recently been awarded $13,679 in Phase 37 Emergency Food and Shelter Program funding.

EFSP is a program of the federal government designed to quickly provide emergency relief to those in our nation with critical housing and shelter needs.

This award will have a tremendous positive impact on LUM’s ability to assist families with critical housing expenses through the LUM Good Samaritan Fund and to offer emergency housing to individuals in transition at the LUM Emergency Shelter.


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Major Donations to LUM – January-May 2020

Several Significant Donations Totaling $166,000

LUM relies on donations from individuals and groups to offer programs that strengthen families & children in our community. Since January, LUM has been blessed with several significant gifts & grants totaling $166,000. They are as follows:

  • LUM Good Samaritan Program has been awarded a $35,000 gift ($15,000 in March & $20,000 in May) from the Tippecanoe COVID-19 Response Fund, created by United Way of Greater Lafayette, The Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette and Greater Lafayette Commerce.
  • Purdue Crew Team hosted Row-a-Thon and typically donates half of the proceeds to the LUM Good Samaritan Fund. After Purdue Crew’s competition year was cut short due to COVID-19, they decided to donate ALL of the proceeds to LUM, totaling $27,693.
  • In honor of Joe Micon’s 41 years of service to LUM and the community, more than $73,000 was donated and raised at the LUM Retirement Follies event. Joe Micon, immediate past LUM executive director, retired earlier this year, and he and his family generously requested and encouraged individuals to make a donation to LUM in lieu of retirement gifts.
  • LUM Homeless Services was recommended for Community Development Block Grants, and will be awarded $14,846 from the City of Lafayette and $6,444 from the City of West Lafayette — totaling $21,290.
  • The McAllister Foundation recently awarded the LUM Youth Programs a $12,100 grant.
  • The Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette has awarded to LUM a COVID-19 “Rapid Response Grant” for $4,000.
  • LUM was awarded a gift of $7,500 from Glick Philanthropies through the Glick Community Relief Fund, a grant program to help local nonprofits continue to respond to those impacted by COVID-19.

Lafayette Urban Ministry is grateful for the support from individuals, foundations, agencies, student organizations, groups, churches, and businesses — especially during times like these. This support has enabled LUM to rapidly assist families in crisis due to COVID-19 as well as offer a safe place for those experiencing homelessness. If you wish to make in an investment in the families and children of our community, make a donation online at lumserve.org/donate.


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LUM Receives $4,000 for COVID-19 Needs

Community Foundation Awards Grant to LUM

In addition the COVID-19 Response Fund grant, The Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette has awarded to LUM a “Rapid Response Grant” for $4,000. This grant was created for area nonprofit organizations, like LUM, to address the growing and immediate needs brought on by the COVID-19 crisis and the Indiana Stay-At-Home Order. This grant will allow LUM to address the immediate basic needs of the community right now.

The funds are already being used to feed those in need and help local families suffering hardships, through the LUM Good Samaritan Program & Protein Food Pantry. LUM is appreciative to The Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette for their leadership in supporting local families through the programs at LUM.

If you wish to support LUM directly, make a donation to the LUM Good Samaritan Fund — emergency financial assistance.


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LUM Receives $15,000 for COVID-19 Relief

Tippecanoe COVID-19 Response Fund

Lafayette Urban Ministry has been awarded a gift of $15,000 from the Tippecanoe COVID-19 Response Fund. The fund was created by United Way of Greater Lafayette, The Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette, and Greater Lafayette Commerce, who announced a joint effort to bring relief to the area’s most vulnerable individuals and families. LUM has become a funded partner agency as our community begins to experience the short-term and long-term impacts of the coronavirus outbreak. 

The monies will be distributed through the LUM Good Samaritan Program to seniors, children and low-income families to help with recovery, including rent, utility, and prescription medication assistance; access to childcare for families effected by closures; and services and shelter for people experiencing homelessness who lack the resources to stay safe. Thank you to United Way of Greater Lafayette, The Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette, and Greater Lafayette Commerce for designating LUM a partner in the important initiative.


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Social Distancing – LUM Good Samaritan Program

The LUM Office is temporarily closed to the public, but the LUM Good Samaritan Program & Immigration Clinic are still assisting clients by email and follow up phone calls. Pictured here is the Good Samaritan Program director, Linda Hicks, on the phone, giving much needed “rent” assistance to a local family. Our community is experiencing unprecedented factory shut downs, layoffs, restaurant closings and furloughs; so, it is no surprise that most of the recent requests for financial assistance have been for rent.

If you wish to invest in the LUM Good Samaritan Program, please give a donation to the fund, which supports families and children in crisis with financial assistance.


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