Category Archives: Emergency Shelter

New Socks for LUM Clients, Guests & Children


One Purchased = One Donated

This past week, LUM has been distributing five new pairs of socks to each guest in the LUM Emergency Shelter and each child enrolled in the 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program. {Pictured is Lailyn AKA Lai Lai, a LUM student excited about her new socks.}

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.

COVID-19 – Back On Track LUM


Open for Business with New Protocols

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
  • Donate Needed COVID-19 Supplies, click HERE

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LUM Awarded $10,000 from CARES Act

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.


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LUM Awarded $13,679 in Federal Support


Lafayette Urban Ministry has recently been awarded $13,679 in Phase 37 Emergency Food and Shelter Program funding.

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.


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Urgent Need – Overnight Shelter Volunteers


Volunteer with the LUM Emergency Shelter


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 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.

READ BELOW for more detailed information on current volunteer opportunities.

To view all LUM Volunteer Opportunities, click HERE.


LUM Events

Sign up online to volunteer at LUM Events like LUM Follies, Hunger Hike, Port of Hope, Thanksgiving Celebration, Turkey Trot 5K & Jubilee Christmas. Online Volunteer Sign Up Sheets, click HERE.


Group Opportunities

If your group would like to volunteer with LUM, sign up for a LUM Event online — or please email or call for more information (lum@lumserve.org | 765.423.2691).


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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Prepare a Meal for the LUM Shelter Guests


Individuals, Families, Churches & Companies

If you, your church, your company or your family wish to Prepare a Meal for the LUM Emergency Shelter, your options are as follows:

  • Prepare Serve | Prepare Drop-off
  • Donate the Cost of Meal
  • Donate Food for a Meal

Meals are needed on May 14, May 26 and several dates in June (9, 15, 19, 20, 29 & 30). For more information on preparing shelter meals and to SIGN UP ONLINE, click HERE.


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Back On Track – Focused on Health & Safety

Open for Business with Strict Protocols

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.

Assistance Programs


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

  • Open – Thursdays, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.; offering to-go, outside service only
  • Staff & volunteers must get temperature checked, wash hands (or disinfect), wear a mask before entering building; and must wear a mask and face shield when working with clients
  • CDC & state guidelines will be followed and exceeded
  • 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)

  • Guests, staff & volunteers must get temperature checked, wash hands (or disinfect) and wear masks before entering building
  • Staff & volunteers wear masks and face shields when working with guests
  • Social distancing during meal and while sleeping
  • CDC & state guidelines will be followed and exceeded
  • 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.

Youth Programs

  • 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program (May 26 – August 7)
  • Online applications being accepted
  • Staff & volunteers must get temperature checked, wash hands (or disinfect), wear masks, and wear masks and face shields when working with parents
  • Students must get temperature checked, wash hands (or disinfect) and must wear masks
  • CDC & state guidelines will be followed and exceeded
  • LUM Camp (July 28 – 31)
  • Online applications being accepted
  • CDC & state guidelines will be followed and exceeded
  • Volunteer Camp Counselors NEEDED – learn more & apply HERE

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Social Distancing – Shelter Staff Meeting


Emergency Shelter Staff – Zoom Meeting

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.


The LUM Protein Food Pantry remains open with strict protocols to keep everyone safe. The LUM Good Samaritan Program (emergency financial assistance) and Immigration Clinic are serving clients using online forms, email and the phone.

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.

Donate $$ | Donate Needed Items | Volunteer | Prepare a Shelter Meal

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LUM Protein Food Pantry Open to Families


Donate | Sponsor a Food Drive

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:

  1. Make a Monetary Donation – that will be used to purchase meat, eggs, produce & paper products from the food bank. To donate online, click HERE
  2. Donate Needed Items – Food & Paper Products – Urgent need for toilet paper & paper towels. To view “needed items” list, click HERE
  3. Food Drive – Sponsor a food drive, collect & donate food items & paper products. To view “needed items” list, click HERE
  4. 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).

THANK YOU.


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MEALS Prepared for LUM Shelter Guests


Individuals, Families, Churches & Companies

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.

If you, your church, your company or your family wishes to Prepare a Meal for the LUM Emergency Shelter, your options are as follows:

  • Prepare Serve | Prepare Drop-off
  • Donate the Cost of Meal
  • Donate Food for a Meal

For more information on preparing shelter meals and to sign up online, click HERE.


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