Category Archives: After School Program

Meet the After School Program Team

44 Students| K – 8th Grade | 3 Hours Per Day

LUM is thrilled to introduce the LUM After School Program team (not pictured: Tabatha Volpi, teacher). What a talented and caring team! Led by Kristi Hogue, LUM Youth Programs director, the LUM teachers are assisted each afternoon by volunteers.

The LUM After School Program provides safe, fun and enriching childcare for up to 60 children in Kindergarten to 8th grade in Tippecanoe County. The children are transported by the LUM buses from school to the LUM Ray Ewry Youth Center. For up to three hours each school day, the students work on homework, have a nutritious snack, and participate in craft projects, music, and other fun recreational and educational activities — enabling their parents to finish their workday. The program is staffed by professionally trained teachers, interns and volunteers, whose training exceeds State of Indiana requirements.

In 202080 children were enrolled; and so far in 2021, 44 children are enrolled.

Please consider investing in or volunteering with the After School Program – LUM needs you.

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LUM Chipotle Night – February 23

App & Online Orders for Pick Up, Dine In, To Go, Catering
Dining Room & Patio Seating
Tuesday, February 23 – 5 to 9 p.m. – South St., Lafayette

Eat your favorite burrito bowl and support the LUM Youth Programs. Take a night off from cooking, go to Chipotle Mexican Grill (4030 South St., Lafayette) and LUM earns 33% of your order with the coupon below. Chipotle is also including “online orders for pickup” for the LUM fundraiser. This means YOU will be able to place your orders for pickup either through the Chipotle app or website, skipping the line and maintaining safe social distancing guidelines. Online orders will require a custom code to be used during checkout to be counted — LUM’s online code: 8YL3ZEF.

Join us at Chipotle (South Street, Lafayette, IN) on Tuesday, February 23 from 5 – 9 p.m. — and the LUM After School Program gets 33% of all orders, if you present this COUPON (pictured).

It’s easy! Print the coupon or show it on your phone, order your favorite Chipotle meal (burritos, burrito bowls, tacos, salads or kids meals), don’t forget to get chips, guac’, and a drink — and LUM gets 33%. So — plan to eat out on Tuesday, August 25 — all for a GREAT CAUSE — the students enrolled in the LUM After School Program.

If you can’t make it and wish to support the LUM students, click the button below to make a donation.

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.}

The Community Foundation – $10,000 Gift

Generous Gifts to LUM This Holiday Season

Lafayette Urban Ministry is thrilled to report that the Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette has awarded LUM a grant for $10,000 for security upgrades at the LUM Ray Ewry Youth Center, which is home to LUM Youth ProgramsProtein Food Pantry & Emergency Shelter. The money will be used to upgrade all of the exterior door locks and security cameras. The safety of our children, guest, clients, volunteers and staff members is a top priority. This upgrade will not only better protect these individuals but also secure the building and all that is within it (people & possessions). Many thanks to the Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette for their continued support of LUM.

Knights of Columbus Donate Books to LUM

A Gift of Books to the LUM Students in ASP

The members of the Purdue Knights of Columbus at St. Thomas Aquinas Center (council #15144) recently donated a trunkload of books to the students enrolled in the LUM After School Program. The group acquired surplus toys and books from Phoenix International Publications, and decided to donate the books to LUM and the toys to various LUM Jubilee Christmas sites, including the St. Thomas Aquinas Center event.

Pictured (L to R) from the Purdue Knights of Columbus are John Kertesz, member, and Zach Schreiner, president.

LUM is thankful to the members of the Purdue Knights of Columbus at St. Thomas Aquinas Center (council #15144) for this gift of books for our students & library. To view more photos, click HERE.

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Purdue Timmy Global Support Continues

School Supplies Drive & Pen Pals

The members of Purdue Timmy Global Health have consistently been supportive of LUM, especially the LUM After School Program — and COVID-19 has not stopped them this year. Purdue Timmy members recently sponsored a “School Supplies Drive” to benefit LUM and launched a weekly Pen Pal program matching LUM students with Purdue Timmy members. LUM has been thankful for the support of Purdue Timmy but is especially appreciative this year considering the challenges of 2020. {Pictured is the current Purdue Timmy Global Health leadership team.}

If you or your group, organization or business wishes to support LUM Youth Programs in a similar way, please email or call Kristi Hogue ( | 765-423-2691).

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Poinsettia Plants for Sale For the Kids

Fundraiser for the LUM Youth Programs

Order all of your holiday Poinsettia Plants NOW — and support the LUM Youth Programs including the After School Program. Details are as follows:

  • Colors: Red, Pink, White, Marble & Jingle Bells
  • $12 per plant
  • Indiana grown
  • 14-18″ tall, poinsettia with decorative pot cover
  • Order & payment due THIS Tuesday, November 10
  • Pick up on Tuesday, December 8
  • Payment options: check, credit card or PayPal

Great as gifts for family & customers and for decorating your home, business or church. To order, email Kristi Hogue, LUM Youth Program director at

Meet the LUM Interns – Fall 2020

The LUM After School Program provides a safe, fun and enriching childcare for children in Kindergarten to 8th grade. The program is staffed by a professionally trained educator, teacher’s aides, interns and volunteers. Interns are especially appreciated for being their passion and eagerness to learn to LUM programs. Below are the two interns currently working with the LUM After School Program. LUM is fortunate to have Dora & Breanne on the ASP team and for the partnership with the Ivy Tech Human Services program.

Dora Arteaga

Dora is from Chicago, lived in Florida and moved to Lafayette with her family 13 years ago. She graduated from William Henry Harrison High School in 2018 and is currently enrolled in the Human Services program at Ivy Tech Community College.

After Dora graduates (May 2021), she plans on pursuing a bachelor’s degree towards a career working in addiction counseling.

Breanne Stewart

Breanne grew up and lives in Lafayette. She graduated from Faith Christian High School and is currently enrolled in the Human Services program at Ivy Tech Community College.

After Breanne graduates (May 2021), she plans on working in the human service field, to gain experience; and pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Human Services from Purdue University.

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Offering Hospitality – EVERY Night Since 1984

LUM Emergency Shelter – the COVID-19 Response

Even before Indiana issued the Stay-At-Home order, LUM and other community agencies sprang into action to address the realities of the pandemic. Portable sinks were purchased, others were donated. Masks were hand-made and distributed free of charge. Extra protocols were put into effect, such as cleaning, sanitizing, taking nightly temperature checks, and practicing social distancing. And, as has been the case since it began in 1984, the LUM Emergency Shelter never missed a night of offering a safe, warm, secure place to those experiencing homelessness in our community.  

In the first eight months of 2020, LUM has provided over 5,500 overnight stays to 489 individuals, with four of those months in the midst of a global pandemic. All of the adaptation to COVID-19 realities has not been without cost. Additional cleaning supplies and equipment have been purchased and used. Volunteerism almost disappeared entirely during the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order. Additional paid staff hours have filled the volunteer gap. 

Nonetheless, LUM has continued to address the complex problems facing our guests who are chronically homeless. Addiction, mental illness, emotional and physical disabilities, and unwise choices — all exacerbated by the anxieties of the pandemic — have never been harder to overcome. But the LUM staff members, now led by the new LUM Emergency Shelter director, Briton Weise, have resiliently served our guests, helping the guests to see brighter future possibilities.

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LUM Emergency Shelter – During a Crisis

A Letter from Wes Tillett, LUM Executive Director

Do you remember where you were on the night of Monday, March 23,when “Stay Home, Stay Safe” was ordered for the State of Indiana? 

I was home, safe and warm, playing board games with my wife and kids. Logan Smith (not his real name) was lining up in the frigid 37 degree temperatures to get inside the LUM Emergency Shelter. For Logan and many other people in Tippecanoe County who had no place to call home, “Stay Home, Stay Safe” was frighteningly unrealistic.   

  • How does one stay home and safe with no place to call home?
  • How does one regularly wash one’s hands without access to a sink?
  • How does one wear a mask when one doesn’t have one?  

LUM was there for Loganon March 23 — and every night since, providing a place to temporarily call home and stay safe. LUM understood that the risk of COVID-19 to the homeless population was not just a health concern for individuals experiencing homelessness themselves but, due to the highly contagious nature of coronavirus, a risk to broader public health as well.

I am grateful that Logan had somewhere to go on March 23 to stay safe from the cold, and stay safe from coronavirus. There are brighter days ahead for Logan and for all of us. We may have several more months of difficulty before we get there. God will give Logan and all of us strength to persevere.  

Please, will you make a generous financial gift to the Lafayette Urban Ministry Emergency Shelter, so that we can continue to offer people like Logan a warm, safe and caring place to shelter in these pandemic times?

With appreciation,

Wes Tillett, LUM Executive Director

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