Category Archives: Homeless Shelter

Volunteer Afternoon Receptionists Needed


Daytime Volunteer Opportunity | M-F | Noon to 4:30 p.m.


If you’re interested in recurring, daytime service opportunity, consider becoming a Volunteer Afternoon Receptionist at Lafayette Urban Ministry.

Volunteer Afternoon Receptionist is needed each weekday from Noon to 4:30 p.m. — and some weekday mornings.

Normally, Volunteer Afternoon Receptionists greet guests, answer phones and complete general clerical duties in the main office of Lafayette Urban Ministry (420 N 4th Street, Lafayette).

During COVID-19, the duties include answering the phones and assisting staff in general duties. LUM maintains strict COVID-19 protocols for a safe environment which requires face masks, hand washing, social distancing, plastic barriers, and no client contact.


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If you are interested, please email or call Monica Casanova, LUM office manager (mcasanova@lumserve.org | 765-423-2691). If you need more information, click HERE.


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Meet Nancy – New LUM Business Office Clerk


Nancy L. Emig – LUM Clerk – Business Office

Nancy L. Emig is the new clerk, responsible for assisting the LUM business office and working directly with the Good Samaritan Program.

Nancy grew up in Valparaiso, graduated from Valparaiso High School, and lives in West Lafayette with her husband, Greg, daughter, Carly, and their three furry children (dogs), Zoey, Abbey & Bayley. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Purdue University in Supervision. Nancy enjoys being a mother, supporting her daughter’s activities, listening to music, traveling, golfing, watching Purdue sports and NFL games, loving her dogs, and helping her husband with their business venture/adventure. She is inspired by the quote,

As I look at my life, I would prefer to err on the side of GRACE rather than judgment,
To love too much rather than too little,
To believe in my sisters and brothers too much rather than not enough,
To believe the best and be wrong rather than believe the worst and be right.


Nancy started with LUM as a volunteer, serving more than five years, as an afternoon receptionist and with Jubilee Christmas, the Good Samaritan Program, and with her “reading” dog, Bayley, the After School Program. Nancy shared, 

I am here to serve and give back to the community that has welcomed and been so gracious to my family. I hope to bring the same joy, a smile or sense of peace to just one person, my day is fulfilled.

LUM is fortunate to have had Nancy Emig as a volunteer and is thrilled to have her join the LUM staff. Please join us in welcoming her in her new role with the LUM team.


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Meet the LUM Homeless Services Team


Emergency Shelter | Winter Warming Station


LUM is excited to introduce the LUM Homeless Services staff members. The LUM shelter staff members manage the nightly operations of the LUM Emergency Shelter & Winter Warming Station. Led by Briton Weise, LUM Homeless Services director, these frontline workers are hardworking, caring and dedicated to keeping our shelters open and safe.

The LUM Emergency Shelter provides short-term, overnight shelter, meals, and showers in a safe and caring environment for up to 44 homeless adults each night of the year. The LUM Winter Warming Station complements these services from November to April. This year, due to COVID-19, LUM is also assisting in the management of the Shelter Annex, which provides an alternate day shelter during periods of quarantine.

In 2020614 individuals were provided overnight shelter at LUM; and so far in 202162 individuals

Please consider investing in, volunteering with, or providing meals for the LUM Homeless Services – LUM needs you.


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Become a Tax Assistance Program Volunteer


No Experience Necessary – Start in 2021


Make a difference in your community by becoming a LUM tax volunteer. Volunteers are needed from mid-January through April 2021 for the LUM Tax Assistance Program. No experience is necessary — and training is provided. You may even qualify for continuing education credits.

As a LUM tax assistance volunteer, you’ll join a program that’s helped millions of people file tax returns at no charge for more than 40 years. There are a number of volunteer roles available — click HERE to see descriptions. Due to COVID-19 protocols, more volunteers are needed. Some require accounting experience (tax preparer) but some do not (check in/greeter).

If you are interested or need more information please click HERE, or please call or email Josh Prokopy (765-423-2691 | jprokopy@lumserve.org).


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Electric Plus Donates $10,000 including Gift Cards


Generous Gifts to LUM This Holiday Season

The management at Electric Plus, headquartered in Indianapolis, decided to help agencies in the cities of their various offices, including the one in Lafayette. They also wanted to support local business. The employees donated $5,000 and Electric Plus matched that for a total of $10,000. Vince Aynes & Pat McCarthy recently presented LUM with a check for $5,700 plus $4,300 worth of gift cards from more than 15 local businesses. The LUM staff members have begun distributing the gift certificates to the families enrolled in the After School Program and guests in the Emergency Shelter and Winter Warming Station. LUM is grateful to the management and employees at Electric Plus, especially those in the Lafayette office, for selecting LUM as the recipient of this wonderful gift. It is such a blessing especially this time of year. {Pictured L to R: Vince Aynes; Nina Morgan, LUM Protein Food Pantry director, and Pat McCarthy.}

Grace Lutheran Church Donates Needed Items


Generous Gifts to LUM This Holiday Season


The members of Grace Lutheran Church collected and donated a truck-load of much “needed items” to Lafayette Urban Ministry. Some of the items will be used in the LUM Emergency Shelter and some will be distributed to the families served by the LUM Protein Food Pantry. LUM is very grateful to Grace Lutheran for their continued support of those served by LUM Programs including local families, children and individuals experiencing homelessness.

Urgent Need – Overnight Shelter Volunteers


Volunteer with the LUM Emergency Shelter


The LUM Emergency Shelter needs Overnight Shelter Volunteers 365 nights a year from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. or 8 p.m. to midnight. Duties include checking in guests, serving dinner, distributing toiletries and maintaining a welcoming, safe & clean environment. Must be at least 18 years old. Volunteers must attend a Shelter Training Session, offered every Monday at 6:30 p.m.

MEALS Are Needed, Too — If you or your group wishes to prepare a meal, click HERE.


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volunteer opportunities

LUM Needs You! Here are the CURRENT LUM Volunteer Needs:

There are many different opportunities for volunteering, from working one-on-one with a child to helping run the homeless shelter. Also, there are opportunities to fit every schedule, from regular long-term commitments to one time work with an event. Some volunteer positions require training while others require only a willing heart and a helping hand.

READ BELOW for more detailed information on current volunteer opportunities.

To view all LUM Volunteer Opportunities, click HERE.


LUM Events

Sign up online to volunteer at LUM Events like LUM Follies, Hunger Hike, Port of Hope, Thanksgiving Celebration, Turkey Trot 5K & Jubilee Christmas. Online Volunteer Sign Up Sheets, click HERE.


Group Opportunities

If your group would like to volunteer with LUM, sign up for a LUM Event online — or please email or call for more information (lum@lumserve.org | 765.423.2691).


Volunteer Opportunities

  • To view all LUM Volunteer Opportunities, click HERE.
  • SIGN UP ONLINE — Sign up to volunteer with LUM online. It’s quick & easy and you’ll get email reminders.

Many more Volunteer Opportunities may be found HERE.


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Neil Klemme Match Program Raises $12,000

LUM was excited to partner again this year with the Neil Klemme State Farm Insurance Agency, a local small business, for the annual November Match Program. Thanks to the generosity of Neil Klemme, State Farm, and all of our November donors the effort raised more than $12,000. This will give LUM a tremendous boost in the effort to support local families and children in our community with food assistance, emergency financial assistance, Christmas assistance, low-cost childcare and more. LUM is fortunate and grateful to have this support from the Neil Klemme State Farm Insurance Agency — and YOU! Please contact Neil Klemme when you get a chance and thank him and his team.

Double Your Donation – Only Until Monday


Klemme $3,600 Match Ends Monday (11/30)


There are only four more days to take advantage of this amazing opportunity to DOUBLE your DONATION to Lafayette Urban Ministry.

Your gift will support families, children and those experiencing homelessness right here in your community through LUM programs and services.
During the month of November ONLY — Neil Klemme State Farm Insurance has agreed to match donations up to $3,600.

Click the Double your Donation button below and your gift — and your impact — will be doubled. Join us in thanking Neil Klemme & State Farm Insurance for making this possible. Please share this with others.

Join us in thanking Neil Klemme & State Farm Insurance for making this possible.

This is an exciting partnership because Neil Klemme State Farm Insurance Agency is a local business. LUM is fortunate and grateful to have this support from Neil Klemme State Farm Insurance Agency.

Double Your Donation – NOW through Nov. 30


NOW through November 30
Neil Klemme Insurance Agency will Match your Donation


Don’t miss this unique opportunity to DOUBLE your DONATION to Lafayette Urban Ministry. Support the LUM programs and services offered to local families & children during the month of November — and Neil Klemme State Farm Insurance will match donations up to $3,600.

Click the “Klemme Match” button below and your gift — and your impact — will be doubled.

Join us in thanking Neil Klemme & State Farm Insurance for making this possible.

This is an exciting partnership because Neil Klemme State Farm Insurance Agency is a local business. LUM is fortunate and grateful to have this support from Neil Klemme State Farm Insurance Agency.