This generous in-kind donation comes from Bombas, a company founded on the philosophy of donating socks to those in need. For every pair they sell, they donate a pair. To date, Bombas has donated close to 40 million socks across the US. LUM is fortunate to be one of their partner agencies. It is such a blessing to our guests and children, who do not often get new clothes.
Thanks to Bombas for the support, especially during these difficult times.
LUM is open for business, but “how” LUM serves the families in our community has been modified again this week to keep pace with the Back on Track Indiana timeline. A summary of LUM services offered during LUM Phase 4 are as follows:
LUM staff members attended mandatory COVID- 19 training last Wednesday (pictured). The LUM Office is closed to drop-in visitors, but starting this week, clients may be seen by appointment, if they cannot get assistance remotely. Clients (with appointments), staff & volunteers must wear a mask, wash their hands and get their temperature taken before entering. Anyone who is sick, or has COVID-19 warning signs or symptoms will be not allowed to enter. LUM assistance is being offered to local families & children remotely whenever possible using online forms, email and phone calls.
For more details on the LUM COVID-19 Response, click HERE
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.
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.
The LUM Emergency Shelterneeds 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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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.
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To view all LUM Volunteer Opportunities, click HERE.
Through Memorial Day, LUM will continue to offer local families financial & food assistance, immigration services, and shelter for those experiencing homelessness.
On May 26, the LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program will begin with 45 students enrolled. Decisions about how LUM operates in June & July will be made in the next few weeks. Planning for LUM Camp is moving forward, with firm resolve that our 57-year tradition will continue in one form or another. Here are more details on how LUM continues to serve local families in our community today.
LUM Office – 420 N 4th Street, Lafayette, IN
Phones are staffed from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Monday – Friday
No in-person visitors or clients are permitted
CDC & state guidelines will be followed and exceeded
Staff who are able to work from home will continue to do so
DONATIONS of COVID-19 Supplies accepted. To learn more and see our list of needed items, click HERE.
The staff members of the LUM Emergency Shelter are truly on the front line of this crisis. A small but dedicated team make it possible to offer a safe & caring place to one of the most vulnerable populations in our community — individuals experiencing homelessness.
The LUM Emergency Shelter staff recently participated in a video conference meeting to receive new information, give feedback on how things are going, and meet the LUM executive director, Wes Tillett. The meeting was upbeat, collaborative and productive (pictured). The staff members left the meeting better prepared for another night at the LUM Emergency Shelter.
Please remember LUM during this difficult time. Your gifts of cash donations ($5, $10, $50, $100 or $500), needed items (cleaning supplies, food pantry items & shelter meals), and time (volunteer at the shelter or food pantry) are GREATLY appreciated and needed.
The LUM Protein Food Pantry is one of the few downtown pantries still open and providing food to local families during this crisis. The pantry has imposed stricter health & safety protocols including moving food distribution outside, setting up social-distancing check in lines, using portable sinks for hand washing, and requiring our staff & volunteers to wear gloves & masks.
Thank you to the dedicated team of food pantry volunteers. LUM could not do it with them. Here are Four Ways that YOU can support the LUM Protein Food Pantry:
Make a Monetary Donation – that will be used to purchase meat, eggs, produce & paper products from the food bank. To donate online, click HERE
Donate Needed Items – Food & Paper Products – Urgent need for toilet paper & paper towels. To view “needed items” list, click HERE
Food Drive – Sponsor a food drive, collect & donate food items & paper products. To view “needed items” list, click HERE
Volunteer – For more details and to sign up to volunteer, click HERE
To view the LUM Wishlist of Needed Items, go to lumserve.org/wish-list/. Please either ship or drop off items to the LUM Office (420 N 4th Street, Lafayette, IN 47901).
LUM is thankful for everyone who has prepared a meal for the guests in the Emergency Shelter during this crisis. This week, the pastor of Grace Lutheran Church, the Rev. Daniel Eggold, and his son delivered the shelter meal (pictured).
THANK YOU to all of the families, churches and groups that provided meals these past few weeks including Central Catholic School, the Chapel of the Good Shepherd, Cook Research-Medical, Elmwood Church of Christ, Federated, Grace Lutheran, Knights of Columbus, St. Alexis Orthodox, St. Andrew United Methodist, and St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Center.