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Four Ways to Support LUM Today

During times like these, serving your community is important for your neighbors and for your own well-being. it is important to give wisely, and we hope you agree that LUM is a great investment.

Here are four ways you, your organization and your business can support and invest in Lafayette Urban Ministry.

  • CASH DONATIONS are preferred because they allow LUM to purchase what is needed, when it’s needed. To give online, go to lumserve.org/donate/.
  • SHELTER MEALS — Prepare a meal for the guests at the LUM Emergency Shelter. For more information and to sign up, go to lumserve.org/shelter-meal/. You may…
    • PREPARE & SERVE meals –OR–
    • DROP OFF prepared meals (No contact drop off is possible) –OR–
    • DONATE FOOD for meals that the LUM staff can prepare. (No contact drop off is possible.) Items needed are bread, deli meats, and large cans of soup, stew & chili
  • COVID-19 NEEDED ITEMS — You may either ship or drop off items. No contact drop off is possible. “COVID-19 Supplies” urgently needed are as follows
    • Disinfectant (for surfaces) – bleach, wipes (Lysol, Clorox), spray (Lysol), cleaner (Fantasik, 409, Clorox)
    • Hand Cleaning – antibacterial wipes, gloves (nitrile disposable), hand sanitizer, liquid hand soap
    • Paper Products – paper towels, facial tissues, toilet paper
  • FOOD PANTRY NEEDED ITEMS — You may either ship or drop off items. No contact drop off is possible. Protein Food Pantry urgently needed items are as follows:
    • Food items (protein only) – Canned meats (beef, chicken), canned fish (tuna); Beans, legumes, lentils – dry or canned; Eggs; Peanut butter
    • Paper Products – Toilet Paper, Paper Towels, Napkins, Facial Tissues
    • Infant items – Baby Formula, Baby Food, Diapers, Baby Wipes
    • Feminine Hygiene Products – liners, napkins, pads, tampons, wipes

To give online, go to lumserve.org/donate/.

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).

THANK YOU.


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LUM Emergency Shelter to Benefit from Grants


Twin Cities Recommend $21,290 to LUM

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Lafayette Urban Ministry has recently been recommended for two significant Community Development Block Grants from both the City of Lafayette & the City of West Lafayette.

LUM will be awarded $14,846 from Lafayette and $6,444 from West Lafayette — totaling $21,290.

Picture1CDBG is an important resource for local governments in their efforts to provide both transitional and permanent housing, as well as supportive services, to families and individuals experiencing homelessness. This grant money will be used to support our homeless clients.

Thanks to David Heckert, LUM Emergency Shelter director, for his work on these grants.


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COVID-19 Response – Programs Information

LUM is Open for Business – Safety & Compliance

LUM is open for business, but “how” LUM serves the families in our community has been modified to keep everyone as safe as possible. Below is information on how LUM is continuing to serve the families in our community today. 

LUM Office – 420 N 4th Street, Lafayette, IN

  • Phones staffed from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Monday – Friday
  • No in-person visitors or clients allowed

Assistance Programs

Children’s Programs/Youth Programs

Food Programs – Protein Food Pantry (525 N 4th Street, Lafayette)

  • Open – Thursdays, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.; offering to-go, curbside service only
  • DONATIONS of protein food items, paper products, infant supplies & feminine hygiene products are needed and welcome. To learn more and see our list of needed items, click HERE.

Homeless Services

  • Emergency Shelter (525 N 4th Street, Lafayette, IN)
    • Open nightly, with a strict protocol for intake, check in, dinner service and sleeping arrangements
    • Intake – 1:30 p.m., LUM Office 420 N 4th Street, Lafayette
  • DONATIONS – Meals are needed every evening. Please consider preparing a meal for our shelter guests. To learn more and sign up online, please click HERE.
  • Winter Warming Station is closed until November 15, 2020 allowing staff to focus on the Emergency Shelter

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Three Ways to Support LUM Today

During times like these it is important to give wisely. LUM is a great investment in your local community.

A collaboration of 47 local churches, LUM serves as a social safety net for children and families who are experiencing difficult times. Last year, Lafayette Urban Ministry served more than 3,792 families through one or another of our 22 programs.

Here are three ways you, your organization and your business can support and invest in Lafayette Urban Ministry.

  1. CASH DONATIONS are preferred because they allow LUM to purchase what is needed, when it’s needed. To give online, go to lumserve.org/donate/.
  2. MEALS — Prepare a meal for the guests at the LUM Emergency Shelter. You may prepare & serve meals –OR– just drop off your prepared meal –OR– donate food that the LUM staff can prepare, like bread, deli meats, and large cans of soup, stew & chili. For more information and to sign up, go to lumserve.org/shelter-meal/.
  3. NEEDED ITEMS—Donations of “needed items” are also welcome and appreciated. To view the LUM Wishlist of Needed Items, go to lumserve.org/wish-list/. You may either ship or drop off items to the LUM Office (420 N 4th Street, Lafayette, IN 47901). Here is a list of “COVID-19 Supplies” that are urgently needed now:
  • Disinfectant (for surfaces) – bleach, wipes (Lysol, Clorox), spray (Lysol), cleaner (Fantasik, 409, Clorox)
  • Hand Cleaning – antibacterial wipes, gloves (nitrile disposable), hand sanitizer, liquid hand soap
  • Paper Products – paper towels, facial tissues, toilet paper

To give online, go to lumserve.org/donate/. To view the LUM Wish List of Needed Items, go to lumserve.org/wish-list/. THANK YOU.

LUM Shelter Director Joins Panel at Purdue

Economic Justice – Martin Luther King Day 2020

Dave Heckerd, LUM Emergency Shelter director, participated in a panel discussion entitled, Pursuing Economic & Social Justice, for the Martin Luther King 2020 Celebration at Purdue University. The event was sponsored by the Colleges of Agriculture and Health & Human Services. The panel included other local nonprofit professionals who work with food assistance, homeless services and family support; and was moderated by Dr. Timothy Bond, associate professor of Economics in the Purdue Krannert School of Business. LUM wishes to thank Dr. Shalyse Iseminger and the sponsoring Colleges for including Dave Heckert is such an important discussion. If your class or group wishes to engage one of the LUM staff members in your programs, please email or call to make arrangements (765-423-2691 | lum@lumserve.org).

LUM Staff Tour New Engagement Center

Important Partnership Focused on Homelessness

With the opening of the community’s new Engagement Center (815 N 12th St, Lafayette), there are opportunities to improve how individuals experiencing homelessness receive assistance and services. Communication between LUM & LTHC Homeless Services will continue to be vital in creating a supportive and caring community.

Last week, the LUM staff met with LTHC staff at their new Engagement Center for a tour and discussion about new ways to collaborate. The meeting was positive, informative, and constructive. New procedures have been instituted that enhance the services offered by both LUM and LTHC Homeless Services and further the missions of both. Attending the meeting (pictured L to R) were Dave Heckert, LUM Emergency Shelter director; Pablo Malavenda, executive program director; Jennifer Shook, LTHC Homeless Services development director; Linda Hicks, LUM Good Samaritan Program director; Jennifer Layton, LTHC Homeless Services executive director; and Joe Micon, LUM executive director.

This is a new beginning, which will only strengthen this important partnership. LUM appreciates the support and hospitality from our friends at LTHC Homeless Services.

Hot Needs – LUM Volunteer Opportunities – Meals Needed


MEALS NEEDED – Emergency Shelter


Each night of the year, a simple meal is needed for the guests in the LUM Emergency Shelter. Open dates are as follows:

  • Monday, February 3; Tuesday, February 4; Wednesday, February 5
  • Tuesday, February 11 & Wednesday, February 12
  • Friday, February 14 (Valentine’s Day) & Saturday, February 15
  • Thursday, February 20, Friday, February 21 & Saturday, February 22
  • Wednesday, February 26
  • Friday, February 28 & Saturday, February 29 (Leap Day)

Prepare enough soup, stew or chili for 44 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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Malavenda’s New Role at LUM


Pablo Malavenda, Executive Program Director

Not to be confused with the “executive director,” Pablo Malavenda is the new Executive Program Director (reporting to the Executive Director).

In addition to his duties directing Jubilee Christmas, LUM communications & social media, IT support, database management and website development, Pablo will now also supervise the directors of the following LUM programs: Community Thanksgiving, Emergency Shelter/Winter Warming Station, Good Samaritan ProgramID ClinicYouth Programs, Food Pantry & Tax Assistance Program.

Originally from Meriden, Connecticut, Pablo now lives in West Lafayette with Kristin, his wife of 23 years, and their children, Maximilian (21) and Zoe (19), both of whom are attending Purdue. They are members of St. Thomas Aquinas, West Lafayette. Pablo graduated from Platt High School, earned a bachelor’s degree in Organizational/ Industrial Psychology and a Master’s in Higher Education Administration, both from the University of Connecticut, and has more than 15 years of supervisory experience.

With LUM, Pablo directed Hunger Hike from 2014-2019 and LUM Follies from 2015-2019. Pablo shared that,

I am excited to work with the talented team of LUM program directors. Over the years I have witnessed many great things but also know that together we can always do better and achieve more.

In his free time, Pablo enjoys sharing books with Kristin, going to concerts with Max, being the best Dance Dad to Zoe, as well as cooking for and traveling with all three. LUM is fortunate to have someone with Pablo’s experience to join the management team at LUM.

Hot Needs – LUM Volunteer Opportunities – Tax Assistance


LUM Tax Assistance Program Volunteers Needed


Ever thought about volunteering to help people with their tax returns? Don’t know that much about taxes? Don’t worry — you’ll get specialized training or you can choose a volunteer role that doesn’t require tax law certification.

The LUM Tax Assistance Program offers flexible hours, the training is free and the time commitment is up to you. Volunteers are needed starting Tuesday, February 4. Choose your role – and get a chance to touch many lives.

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


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Hot Needs – LUM Volunteer Opportunities – Meals Needed


MEALS NEEDED – Emergency Shelter


Each night of the year, a simple meal is needed for the guests in the LUM Emergency Shelter. Open dates are as follows:

  • Saturday, January 25
  • Saturday, February 1
  • Monday, February 3; Tuesday, February 4; Wednesday, February 5
  • Tuesday, February 11 & Wednesday, February 12
  • Friday, February 14 & Saturday, February 15

Prepare enough soup, stew or chili for 44 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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