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Urgent Need – Overnight Shelter Volunteers


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The LUM Emergency Shelter needs Overnight Shelter Volunteers 365 nights a year from 8

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 space. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old.

LUM is ready for the return of volunteers to the shelter. Please consider coming back — and assisting the LUM Emergency Shelter as the colder weather approaches. LUM follows strict COVD-19 protocols for the safety of our guests, our staff and our volunteers. If you have any questions, please email Jeffrey Auguste, LUM shelter director, at jauguste@lumserve.org.


MEALS Are Needed, Too 

If you or your group wishes to prepare a meal, click HERE. You may stay and serve from 8-10 p.m. or drop off your meal at 8 p.m.

 


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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Volunteer Needs – Uplifting Holiday Programs


Community Thanksgiving Feast & Jubilee Christmas

LUM has begun planning the the 35th annual Community Thanksgiving Feast and the 41st annual Jubilee Christmas — and hundreds of volunteers are needed! Here is what you need to know to sign up today!

Community Thanksgiving Feast – VOLUNTEERSto sign up to volunteer or donate a food item or supplies, click HERE. Most volunteers are needed on Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, November 25).

Jubilee Christmas – VOLUNTEERS: to sign up to volunteer, click HEREJubilee Christmas volunteers are needed as soon as this WednesdayOctober 13, to assist with Open Registration of local families; and from November 29 – December 7 to staff the Donation Center, and from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Jubilee Christmas day on Saturday, December 11.


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Starbucks Food Share Program Benefits LUM

LUM Students, Clients and Guests Enjoy Starbucks

The newest Starbucks in Tippecanoe County (2718 US-52, West Lafayette, IN) has selected Lafayette Urban Ministry as their food share recipient. Starbucks is committed to hunger relief through their national-wide food share program. At the end of each day, Starbucks partners collect surplus pastries and fresh food to donate to agencies like LUM. {Pictured with part of this week’s donation are Starbucks partners Bayleigh, Ava & Sarah Beth.}

These food items are a blessing to LUM. LUM program directors have been using these items as snacks for the After School Program students, as meals at the Emergency Shelter, and as a choice for the Food Pantry clients. So far, there has been zero food waste — ALL of the food items have been given to LUM students, clients or guests.

Next time you visit this West Lafayette Starbucks, say THANKS for LUM.

4 Ways to Help the LUM Emergency Shelter

LUM Emergency Shelter Needs You!

Will you help us continue to serve those in our community who are experiencing homelessness? A gift to the LUM Emergency Shelter will help LUM continue to provide help and hope to those experiencing homelessness during this global health crisis.
Four Ways YOU can help the LUM Emergency Shelter are as follows:

  • Make a Monetary DONATION, click HERE
  • Sign up to VOLUNTEER, click HERE
  • Donate Needed ITEMS, click HERE
  • Prepare a MEAL for LUM Shelter 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. VOLUNTEERS are also needed each night of the year, and it is a meaningful and unique opportunity. If you’re interested or need more information, click HERE — or email or call Jeffrey Auguste (jauguste@LUMserve.org | 765-423-2691).

LUM Seeking Spanish-Speaking Volunteers


Weekday Afternoon Volunteer Opportunity


LUM has a volunteer opportunity for an individual who is fluent in conversational & written Spanish.

  • Volunteers would be needed two hours per week
  • Hours are flexible, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Duties would include reviewing voice mail messages, following up with clients by phone or email, and translating marketing and information materials like event fliers, door signs & brochures

Join a dynamic team of volunteers who are passionate about serving our neighbors in need. For more information, email or call Terri Anderson, LUM volunteer coordinator (765-423-2691 | volunteer@LUMserve.org).


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Meet Jeffrey – New LUM Shelter Director


Jeffrey Auguste, LUM Emergency Shelter Director

Jeffrey Auguste is the new program director for LUM Homeless Services. He is responsible for the LUM Emergency Shelter and the Winter Warming Station.

Jeffrey grew up in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and currently lives in Lafayette, IN. His mother, father and two younger brothers also live in Lafayette. Jeffrey graduated from Jefferson High School and earned an associate degree in Human Services from Ivy Tech Community College. He is currently enrolled at Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis pursuing a bachelor degree in Social Work. His goal is complete his Master of Social Work by 2025.

Jeffrey shared that when he needs guidance he re-reads the Book of Proverbs. As he begins his new role with LUM, Jeffrey is inspired by this simple yet powerful passage:

“The tongue has the power of life and death, 
and those who love it will eat its fruit” 

Proverbs 18:21

He stated that, “It’s easy to judge others when you’re angry, guilty and even when you’re happy. We all must be self-aware, learning to recognize these triggers and quickly act accordingly by treating others with respect and dignity.”

Jeffrey has experience with nonprofit management and working with youth and adults with behavioral and mental health issues. At LUM, Jeffrey served as an intern with the Emergency Shelter in 2019, a volunteer camp counselor at LUM Camp in 2020, and volunteered with Jubilee Christmas. He is proud to now be a member of the LUM leadership team stating that,

“Being able to make an impact in my community and help LUM move further toward its strategic goals gives me great pride. I intend to help our shelter guests by welcoming them and offering a safe place to sleep, while working with them to get housed. I will be supportive of the shelter team and lead them into an improved system.” 

Jeffrey’s personal mission is to “help give back hope and offer a glimmer of light to those who are under-served, allowing them to believe in a better future for themselves and their families.” His home country inspires him to be the best he can be everyday. He shared that, “I grew up with the saying, ‘Work is Freedom.'” Jeffrey has a clear plan for his career and is continually looking for opportunities to learn and grow. He stated that, “The journey has been great so far, and I am excited to help others do the same, inspiring and motivating them to follow their dreams.”

For fun, Jeffrey enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, and outdoor activities. He also plays soccer, basketball and football. LUM is fortunate to have Jeffrey Auguste join the LUM staff. Please join us in welcoming him to the LUM team.


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LUM Seeking Spanish-Speaking Volunteers


Weekday Afternoon Volunteer Opportunity


LUM has a volunteer opportunity for an individual who is fluent in conversational & written Spanish.

  • Volunteers would be needed two hours per week
  • Hours are flexible, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Duties would include reviewing voice mail messages, following up with clients by phone or email, and translating marketing and information materials like event fliers, door signs & brochures

Join a dynamic team of volunteers who are passionate about serving our neighbors in need. For more information, email or call Terri Anderson, LUM volunteer coordinator (765-423-2691 | volunteer@LUMserve.org).


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LUM Seeking Spanish-Speaking Volunteers


Weekday Afternoon Volunteer Opportunity


LUM has a volunteer opportunity for an individual who is fluent in conversational & written Spanish.

  • Volunteers would be needed two hours per week
  • Hours are flexible, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Duties would include reviewing voice mail messages, following up with clients by phone or email, and translating marketing and information materials like event fliers, door signs & brochures

Join a dynamic team of volunteers who are passionate about serving our neighbors in need. For more information, email or call Terri Anderson, LUM volunteer coordinator (765-423-2691 | volunteer@LUMserve.org).


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We’re Almost Out! (Of Toilet Paper, that is.)


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LUM relies on gifts from the community and our LUM friends. The LUM Shelter & Child Care are currently in need of Toilet Paper. Please help by making a monetary donation or by dropping off Toilet Paper as soon as you are able.

To make a monetary donation, go to lumserve.org/donate. If you wish to donate Toilet Paper, please drop it off at the LUM Office between 8:30 a.m.—4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday — or ship it to LUM via Amazon.

Thank you.

Meet the LUM Emergency Shelter Team


Frontline Shelter Staff Members – 365 Nights a Year

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.

Meet the hardworking and dedicated staff members of the LUM Emergency Shelter (pictured). This small but mighty team make it possible to offer a safe & caring place to one of the most vulnerable populations in our community — individuals experiencing homelessness.

During the LUM Summer of Service, please consider volunteering with the LUM Shelter team as an Overnight Shelter Volunteer. Volunteers are needed 365 nights a year from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. or 8 p.m. to midnight. Four Ways YOU can help the LUM Emergency Shelter are as follows:

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. 

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