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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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Important Events, Needs and Opportunities


Ways You Can Get Engaged with LUM

Row-A-Thon – Saturday, February 13 – Fundraiser sponsored by the Purdue Crew Team to raise money for the LUM Good Samaritan Program. More.

Chipotle Night – Tuesday, February 23, 5-9 p.m. – Dine at Chipotle (Lafayette) and the LUM Youth Program receives 30% of your purchase. More.


Meals Need – LUM Emergency Shelter – URGENT need for February meals. Dates available include: February 6, 9, 10, 14, 15, 17-23, 26 & 27. Sign up HERE.


Hiring – Shelter Security Staff – $15/hour – Part-time, 11-20 hours/week. Send resume with cover letter to Briton Weise, Emergency Shelter Director (bweise@lumserve.org). More.

Search – Immigration Clinic Director – Full time, Salaried, Benefits, Reporting to Executive Director. Resumes will be reviewed starting February 7. Start date as early as March 15. Send resume with cover letter to Wes Tillett, LUM Executive Director (careers@lumserve.org). More.

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Ways You Can Get Engaged with LUM

Meals Need – LUM Emergency Shelter – URGENT need for February meals. Dates available include: February 6, 9, 10, 14, 15, 17-23, 26 & 27. Sign up HERE.

Hiring – Shelter Security Staff – $15/hour – Part-time, 11-20 hours/week. Send resume with cover letter to Briton Weise, Emergency Shelter Director (bweise@lumserve.org). More.

Search – Immigration Clinic Director – Full time, Salaried, Benefits, Reporting to Executive Director. Resumes will be reviewed starting February 7. Start date as early as March 15. Send resume with cover letter to Wes Tillett, LUM Executive Director (careers@lumserve.org). More.

Row-A-Thon – Saturday, February 13 – Fundraiser sponsored by the Purdue Crew Team to raise money for the LUM Good Samaritan Program. More.

Chipotle Night – Tuesday, February 23, 5-9 p.m. – Dine at Chipotle (Lafayette) and the LUM Youth Program receives 30% of your purchase. More.

Volunteer Afternoon Receptionists Needed – Weekdays, Noon to 4:30 p.m. Interested individuals should email or call Monica (mcasanova@lumserve.org | 765-423-2691). More.

Hot Need – Shelter Meals Needed


MEALS NEEDED – Emergency Shelter


Each night of the year, a simple meal is needed for the guests in the LUM Emergency Shelter. There is an URGENT need for meals in February. Dates available include:

  • Saturday, February 6
  • Tuesday, February 9
  • Wednesday, February 10
  • February 14 & 15
  • February 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22 & 23
  • February 26 & 27

Sign up HERE. Prepare enough sandwiches or soup, stew or chili for 25 people. No side dishes or desserts are needed. Drinks are optional. To sign up & for more information, click the button below.


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LUM is Hiring – Shelter Security Staff


Part-time | Potential Openings | Paid – $15 per Hour

LUM has a potential opening with the Security Staff with the LUM Emergency Shelter. Details are as follows:

Type: Part-time, paid
Hours: 11-20 hours per week
Shifts: 8 p.m. to midnight -or- midnight to 7 a.m.
Pay: $15.00 per hour
Duties:

  • Maintains safety of guests, volunteers and premises, a team environment modeling mutual respect, and a professional and safe environment
  • Ensures compliance with Shelter Rules
  • Monitors arrival, departure, activity within shelter, activity outside within three blocks of the building
  • Disciplines guests who are noncompliant; refers guests to police when necessary
  • Submits written reports of daily activities and incidents

If interested—please Email, Mail or Drop-off a resume with cover letter to Briton Weise, LUM Emergency Shelter Director (bweise@lumserve.org | 420 N 4th Street, Lafayette, IN 47901).

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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TAX Assistance – Volunteers Needed


This year due to strict COVID-19 protocols, the LUM Tax Assistance Program needs more volunteers than usual.

LUM has developed a “no contact” plan to get taxes done, and volunteers are needed. Many of our clients will be getting their tax information to us online. However, there will be plenty of clients who lack either the technology or the confidence to do that. LUM is offering “no contact” sessions every weekend from February through April where clients can drop off their materials and get them scanned. All interactions with clients will happen through a glass door using a drop slot to collect materials.

 The LUM Tax Assistance Program needs volunteers to help:

  • Verify client IDs and collect their documents
  • Scan their documents and get them uploaded to a secure site

 Tax time can be scary, and without the normal in-person tax clinics that our clients are so used to, this year is likely to be scarier than most. YOU can make things a little easier, and provide a valuable service to the struggling families who rely on LUM to get their taxes done. If you would like to find out more, please email the Tax Assistance program manager, Josh Prokopy, at jprokopy@lumserve.org.


Empathy | Engagement | Energy | Experience


Did you know?

There are many benefits to volunteering with LUM. Serving your community not only helps others but also has benefits YOU!

  • You gain EXPERIENCE
  • You become more EMPATHETIC
  • You  are HAPPIER
  • You reduce your STRESS

There are many different opportunities for volunteering at LUM, from working one-on-one with a child to helping run the homeless shelter. Check out the current volunteer needs listed below.


Immediate Openings — LUM Volunteer Needs

To view all LUM Volunteer Opportunities, click HERE.

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HOMELESSNESS Services – Volunteers Needed


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. (Shelter volunteers must be at least 18 years old.)
Four Ways YOU can help the LUM Emergency Shelterare as follows:


Empathy | Engagement | Energy | Experience


Did you know?

There are many benefits to volunteering with LUM. Serving your community not only helps others but also has benefits YOU!

  • You gain EXPERIENCE
  • You become more EMPATHETIC
  • You  are HAPPIER
  • You reduce your STRESS

There are many different opportunities for volunteering at LUM, from working one-on-one with a child to helping run the homeless shelter. Check out the current volunteer needs listed below.


Immediate Openings — LUM Volunteer Needs

To view all LUM Volunteer Opportunities, click HERE.

¿Habla Español? Love Helping Others? Volunteer with LUM!

Please SHARE with others.