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Linda’s Reflections On COVID-19 from the Frontlines


Good Samaritan Program

“Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote, ‘Out of the mountain of despair, a stone of hope.’ The ability to help others through the Good Samaritan Program has felt hopeful during a year filled with many challenges far beyond any that I have experienced in my lifetime. So many of our clients have been overwhelmed, feeling they will never catch up with their rent and bills. Our ability to help financially, along with offering a listening ear, referrals and information on where else to turn, has helped to provide a stone of hope.

Linda Hicks, Director, LUM Good Samarian Programs


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Financial Assistance – First Quarter 2021


Financial Assistance – Since January 2021

As LUM closes out the first quarter of 2021, it is worthy to note that although families are receiving their tax refunds and stimulus checks, the crisis continues.

Families are still needing financial support. Since January 1, 2021, here are the stats:

  • 382 local families have been helped
  • 138 of these families (36%) were asking for assistance for the first time
  • $43,032.57 has been distributed so far

LUM hopes you agree that investing in the LUM Good Samaritan Program is a wonderful way to support your community and those in need of emergency assistance. If you are able, please consider a donation. One hundred percent of what you give will be passed along to struggling households, perhaps one in your own neighborhood.


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One Year Later – Financial Assistance

During the entire pandemic the generosity of this community has been heartwarming. Some gave supplies, some gave money and some gave of their time & expertise. LUM is grateful for each and every individual, family, company, agency, group, and church who has supported LUM programs during this crisis. Thanks to our volunteers who risk their own health to keep serving others.

Pictured below are two LUM Good Samaritan Program volunteers (L to R, front row): Pat Garrott & Shirley Robertson; who are joined by LUM staff members (L to R, back row): Linda Hicks, director; Connie Decker, receptionist; & Nancy Emig, clerk.

Other notable donations to LUM for COVID-19 relief were from those listed as follows:

  • Tippecanoe COVID-19 Response Fund
  • United Way of Greater Lafayette
  • The Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette
  • Greater Lafayette Commerce
  • Fairfield Township Trustees
  • Purdue Crew Team – Row-A-Thon
  • McAllister Foundation
  • Glick Community Relief Fund
  • Regions Bank
  • Bob & Patti Truitt

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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One Year of Rapid Relief to Families in Crisis


One Year Later – Financial Assistance

In the past 12 months, a small but mighty team has kept LUM “open” and “serving” local families in financial crisis. In the beginning of the pandemic, everything had to change immediately. Despite all of the obstacles, LUM was able to continue providing emergency financial assistance using online forms, email and phone calls. The LUM Good Samaritan Program has not faced a challenge like this before but the staff members and volunteers were so passionate and focused that nothing, not even a global pandemic, could stop them.
As the news of LUM’s success spread, LUM became one of the few trusted agencies for assistance and referrals, and the donations followed. Since March 23, 2020:

  • 1,256 local families have received financial help
  • 728 of these families (58%) were asking for assistance for the FIRST time
  • An additional $213,025 of COVID-19 relief funds has been donated to LUM
  • $253,801.14 has been distributed by LUM

Pictured above are two LUM Good Samaritan Program volunteers (L to R, front row): Pat Garrott & Shirley Robertson; who are joined by LUM staff members (L to R, back row): Linda Hicks, director; Connie Decker, receptionist; & Nancy Emig, clerk.

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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LUM Receives $17,000 for COVID-19 Relief

Supporting Families Impacted by COVID-19

Lafayette Urban Ministry has been awarded $17,000 from the Tippecanoe COVID-19 Response Fund. This fund was created last spring 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 global pandemic. Ten thousand dollars will be distributed to individuals and family through the LUM Good Samaritan Program; and $7,000 will fund a clerk to process these requests more quickly. 

LUM is proud to be designated as a partner in this important initiative. Thank you to United Way of Greater Lafayette, The Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette, and Greater Lafayette Commerce for their continued support.


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Row-A-Thon – Greatest Fundraising Spectacle


It’s Not Too Late to Donate & Support LUM

This past Saturday, the Purdue Rowing Team held their annual “Row-A-Thon” event. Each member of the co-ed team rowed a marathon of 20,000 meters in three hours on indoor rowing machines while raising funds for the LUM Good Samaritan Fund.

If you missed Row-A-Thon, you may still make a donation by mail or online (click HERE). Please make checks payable and mail your checks to: Purdue Crew Row-A-Thon, 355 N. Martin Jischke Drive, West Lafayette, IN 47907. Thanks to Purdue Crew president, Kelsey D’Amico, Head Coach David Kucik, and the entire rowing team and coaching staff for their continued support of Lafayette Urban MinistryPlease note: the funds raised from Row-A-Thon will be split 50/50 between LUM and Purdue Crew Team.


The LUM Good Samaritan Fund is an emergency financial assistance program which provides our community’s neediest families and children with a strong and reliable safety net. Help is offered for utility bills, rent, and prescription medications. In 2020, the Good Samaritan Fund served 2,017 families; provided financial assistance in averting eviction, utility disconnects and other to crises 1,393 times; and shared $229,833.82.

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 every night of the year, while providing support to those trying to avoid or transition out of homelessness.

This award will ensure that the LUM Emergency Shelter may continue to operate during this crisis while providing support to those trying to avoid or transition out of homelessness. The funding will make it easier for LUM to continue following and exceeding all of 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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Row-A-Thon – THIS Saturday – Benefits LUM


Purdue Rowing Team presents “Row-A-Thon 2021” in support of the LUM Good Samaritan Fund.


Each year, the Purdue Rowing Team sponsors “Row-A-Thon” in support of the LUM Good Samaritan Fund. Row-A-Thon is an all-day event, where the co-ed team members row a marathon of 20,000 meters in three hours on indoor rowing machines while raising funds for LUM. Purdue Crew president, Kelsey D’Amico shared that, 

“Row-A-Thon is a long-standing tradition of Purdue Crew, and a fundraiser we are once again extremely excited and proud to be able to run for those in need, especially amid the COVID-19 pandemic. It is a great way for our athletes to put in hard work toward their training while helping the community in a genuinely impactful way!”

  • THIS Saturday, February 13
  • 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Recreational Sports Center – Purdue (due to COVID-19, the event is closed to the public)
  • Live Online Updates — to stay up-to-date on Row-A-Thon progress, go to Purdue Crew’s Instagram, Facebook or Website

You may make a donation by mail or online. The instructions are are as follows:

  1. Go to giving.purdue.edu and click the GIVE NOW button
  2. Enter your donation amount
  3. In the search field for designation, scroll down and choose “Other” under Other Designations at the end of the list
  4. Type “Purdue Crew” into the blank designation box
  5. In Additional Comments box type “This gift is from ________ on behalf of (athlete(s) name – if applicable)”
  6.  Fill out the remaining online fields

Please make checks payable to Purdue Crew Club and mail your checks to:

Purdue Crew—Row-A-Thon
355 N Martin Jischke Drive
West Lafayette, IN 47907


More information: The LUM Good Samaritan Fund is an emergency financial assistance program which provides our community’s neediest families and children with a strong and reliable safety net. Help is offered for utility bills, rent, and prescription medications. In 2020, the Good Samaritan Fund served 2,017 families; provided financial assistance in averting eviction, utility disconnects and other crises 1,393 times; and shared $229,833.82.


PHOTOS — Check out the photos from last year’s Row-A-Thon, click HERE.


Contacts:
Wes Tillett, Executive Director, Lafayette Urban Ministry
765.423.2691 | wtillett@lumserve.org

David Kucik, Head Coach, Purdue Crew
dwk@purdue.edu

Fairfield Township Donates $5,400 to LUM

Emergency Assistance for Township Residents

Recently Taletha Coles, Fairfield Township Trustee, presented Wes Tillett, LUM executive director, a check in the amount of $5,400.

This grant money will be used by LUM to assist residents of the Fairfield Township in Tippecanoe County, Indiana, with emergency financial and food assistance through the Good Samaritan Program and Protein Food Pantry. Fairfield township is one of 13 townships in Tippecanoe County. From the Wabash River to Beck Lane and 500 E to E 400 N, this will have an immediate positive impact on local families in need. 

Thanks to Trustee Coles and the Fairfield Township members for their continued support of Lafayette Urban Ministry and the families we serve.


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Purdue Crew’s Row-A-Thon — Benefits LUM


Purdue Rowing Team presents “Row-A-Thon 2021” in support of the LUM Good Samaritan Fund. Row-A-Thon is one of the largest donations each year.



TENTATIVE DETAILS for the Purdue Row-A-Thon 2021 are as follows:

  • Saturday, February 13
  • 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Recreational Sports Center – Purdue (due to COVID-19, the event is closed to the public)
  • Livestream – link will be added closer to the event date

Each year, the Purdue Rowing Team sponsors “Row-A-Thon” in support of the LUM Good Samaritan Fund. Row-A-Thon takes place all day  in the Recreational Sport Center at Purdue. The co-ed team members row a marathon of 26 miles in three hours on indoor rowing machines while raising funds for LUM. Check out the Livestream on Saturday, February 13 and check it out. You may make a donation in person at Row-A-Thon or by mail.


To make an online donation, the instructions are provided below:

  1. Go to giving.purdue.edu and click the GIVE NOW button
  2. Enter your donation amount
  3. In the search field for designation, scroll down and choose “Other” under Other Designations at the end of the list
  4. Type “Purdue Crew” into the blank designation box
  5. In Additional Comments box type “This gift is from ________ on behalf of (athlete(s) name – if applicable)”
  6.  Fill out the remaining online fields

Please make checks payable to Purdue Crew Club and mail your checks to:

Purdue Crew—Row-A-Thon
355 N Martin Jischke Drive
West Lafayette, IN 47907


Thanks to Purdue Crew president, Kelsey D’Amico, Head Coach David Kucik, and the entire rowing team and coaching staff for their continued support of Lafayette Urban MinistryPlease note: the funds raised from Row-a-thon will be split 50/50 between LUM and Purdue Crew Team.


PHOTOS — Check out the photos from last year’s Row-A-Thon, click HERE.


Contacts:
Wes Tillett, Executive Director, Lafayette Urban Ministry
765.423.2691 | wtillett@lumserve.org

David Kucik, Head Coach, Purdue Crew
dwk@purdue.edu


More information:
The LUM Good Samaritan Fund is an emergency financial assistance program which provides our community’s neediest families and children with a strong and reliable safety net. Help is offered for utility bills, rent, and prescription medications. In 2020, the Good Samaritan Fund served 2,017 families; provided financial assistance in averting eviction, utility disconnects and other crises 1,393 times; and shared $229,833.82.