Category Archives: Emergency Shelter

LUM Emergency Shelter Focuses on Addiction

New Video Series for LUM Shelter Guests

Addiction and homelessness are directly correlated. At the LUM Emergency Shelter there has been a focus on addiction including a nightly support group for the guests. This month, LUM launched a new, creative video series program to enhance LUM’s focus on addiction.

During check-in each afternoon, at dinner and at breakfast, a series of videos are played for the guests which focus on addiction in a wide array of different, inspiring, creative and often entertaining ways. John Schumann, a recent LUM intern, worked with Joe Micon, LUM executive director, and David Heckert, LUM Emergency Shelter director, on this important project. John coordinated the purchase of new equipment and researched and selected the videos for the program. So far the video program has been well received by the LUM shelter guests. LUM is committed to addressing addiction with our clients and shelter guests and is confident this new program will have a positive impact.

If you wish to invest in the LUM Emergency Shelter and this program, please make a donation online.


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LUM is Hiring – Shelter Security Staff


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

The LUM Emergency Shelter is seeking applications for the Security Staff. The positions are part-time, paid ($15 per hour).
More details are as follows:
Hours: Daily – 8 p.m. to midnight or midnight to 7 a.m.
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 David Heckert, LUM Emergency Shelter Director (dheckert@lumserve.org | 420 N 4th Street, Lafayette, IN 47901).

Exclusive Interview with Bayley, the Bernedoodle

Reading Dog – LUM After School Program

GRRR-Ruff. My name is Bayley, and I am a six-month-old Bernedoodle (Bernese Mountain Dog & Poodle mix). My dog guardians are Nancy, Greg & Carly Emig. Nancy, Greg, Carly and I live in West Lafayette with my animal-siblings: Zoey (7 years old) & Abbey (3 years old) who are both Golden Retrievers and my best friends.

I am a big fan of LUM because the students in the LUM After School Program read to me every Monday afternoon. After they read to me, I usually give them a high-five or shake their hand. I love making them laugh and smile — and give kisses. Mostly though they read to me and we relax together. They tell me that I’m perfect for LUM because I love people (especially kids), I’m really mellow and I don’t shed or bother people with allergies.
I also visit the LUM Office every other week with Nancy when she works as the volunteer afternoon LUM receptionist. I greet everyone who visits the office and love meeting the LUM Emergency Shelter guests at 2 p.m. when they check in to pick up their passes — because I get lots of attention and they smile at me a lot. It makes me happy to make them happy.

It gives me great joy to give my human-friends happiness, comfort and hope during difficult times. I especially enjoy seeing the children in the LUM After School Program get excited about reading books and develop their mastery of the subject matter, knowledge, and their ability to apply that knowledge to the real world. It is a win-win – they become better readers and I get to hear great stories. I love those kids!


To view more PHOTOS of Bayley with the LUM students, click HERE.


Kibbles & Bits

  • In 2017, 33% of Indiana fourth graders read at or below basic level; and
  • 59% of Indiana fourth graders do not read at a proficient level-demonstrating mastery of subject matter, knowledge, or the ability to apply that knowledge in the real world (U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, National Assessment of Educational Progress)
  • Bayley and others like her provide a win-win for helping to further the development and interest in reading for our children
  • There are proven benefits of animal assisted learning with children and adults (International Journal of Environmental Research & Public Health)
  • The LUM After School Program provides safe, fun and enriching childcare for up to 60 children in Kindergarten to 8th grade. In 2018, 105 children were provided academic support and education enrichment in a fun learning environment each day after school.

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April is National Volunteer Month

All of the LUM programs & events rely on volunteers each and every day of the year. If you are a volunteer with Lafayette Urban Ministry — THANK YOU! We love you!

If you haven’t volunteered with LUM in a while, please remember that there are many different opportunities for you, 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. As summer approaches, volunteers are harder to find — so, please take a peak at some of our current HOT needs and help if you are able — and please share with others.


LUM Follies – Volunteer

Volunteers are needed for the LUM Follies fundraising event at St. Andrew United Methodist Church, West Lafayette. Days & times that volunteers are needed is as follows:

  • Set-up — Thursday, May 2, 3:30 – 6:30 p.m.
  • Staff the LUM Follies event — Friday, May 3, 4:30 – 7 p.m.; 4:30 – 8 p.m.; 8 – 9:30 p.m.
  • Break-down — Saturday, May 4, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Perfect for groups. Check out the LUM Follies volunteer online sign up sheets HERE.


Food Pantry – Volunteer

The LUM Protein Food Pantry needs a few volunteers each Thursday morning from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Volunteers are needed to set up, load in food, enter client data, assist clients with shopping, and break down. Good customer service skills needed and the ability to lift boxes of food is desired. A weekly commitment is requested. For more information, click HERE — or please call or email Mary Anderson (765-423-2691 | foodpantry@lumserve.org).


After School Program – Volunteer

The LUM After School Program has over six weeks left, and volunteers are needed from 2 to 6 p.m.every weekday. Volunteers are needed to tutor, read to students, give spelling tests and supervise the children. Volunteer and make a difference in the lives of our students. The program follows the Lafayette School Corporation’s regular calendar. For applications, training video, and time slots to sign up, click HERE.


Emergency Shelter – Volunteer

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. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and must attend a Shelter Training Session. Sessions are held every Monday night at 6:30 p.m. If you wish to volunteer, click HERE.MEALS Are Needed Too — If you or your group wishes to prepare a meal, click HERE.


Immigration Clinic – Volunteer

The LUM Immigration Clinic has several volunteer opportunities — and is especially grateful for volunteers who speak Spanish. If you’re interested or need more information, click HERE. LUM Citizenship Classes also need volunteers to assist with the classes or bring snacks. Classes began this week and meet Tuesday & Thursday, 6-7:30 p.m. for five weeks. To sign up to volunteer with these classes, click HERE. If you need further information, please call or email Susan Brouillette (765-423-2691 | sbrouillette@lumserve.org).


LUM Camp (7/29 – 8/2) – Volunteer

Would you, or someone you know, love being a volunteer LUM Camp Counselor?LUM Camp is a week-long, over-night camp program for low-income children from 8 to 10 years old. Volunteer camp counselors must be 18 years old, enjoy working with children and be able to spend the entire week at camp (11 a.m. Monday, July 29 to 4 p.m. Friday, August 2). For additional information, click HERE.


Summer Childcare – Volunteer

Volunteer Teacher’s Aides for the LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program are needed this summer. The program is offered Monday – Friday, May 28 through August 2, from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The children are supervised by the LUM Youth Program Director and trained teachers. LUM relies on the several volunteers each day to assist in teaching & tutoring, recreational activities, reading, meals & snacks and more. Volunteers must enjoy working with children and have experience helping children (pre-Kindergarten – 6th grade) achieve academically and socially. If you’re interested or need more information, click HERE—or email or call Kristi Hogue (khogue@lumserve.org | 765-423-2691). 


Volunteer at LUM Events or As a Group

LUM Events – Sign up online to volunteer at LUM Events like LUM FolliesHunger HikePort of HopeThanksgiving CelebrationTurkey Trot 5K Run & Jubilee Christmas. To view the LUM 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).


More Information on Volunteering with LUM
  • 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. Click HERE
  • ¿Habla Español? Love Helping Others? LUM needs you.

Sign up to Volunteer with LUM! PLEASE SHARE with others.

West Lafayette Recommends Grant for LUM

LUM Emergency Shelter to Benefit from Grant

Lafayette Urban Ministry has recently been recommended for a Community Development Block Grant from the City of West Lafayette (IN). LUM has been recommended to receive $7,217 to support the work of the LUM Emergency Shelter.

CDBG 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 the LUM homeless guests. Thanks to David Heckert, LUM Emergency Shelter director, for his work on this grant.


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We’re Almost Out! (Of Simple Green, that is.)



Currently there is an urgent need for Simple Green (concentrate, original scent) all purpose cleaner at LUM. The LUM Emergency Shelter and Youth Programs rely on gifts from the community and our LUM friends.

Please help by making a monetary donation to LUM or purchasing Simple Green for LUM. You may ship or drop them off to the LUM Office (420 N 4th Street, Lafayette, IN 47901), Monday-Friday, 8:15 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Cash donations are preferred because they allow LUM to purchase what is needed, when it’s needed, but donations of “needed items” are also appreciated. Items on the wish list are listed by “need” and also by program (Emergency Shelter, Youth Programs, Food Pantry, etc.). Thank you.

To view our entire WISH LIST, click HERE.


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Meet the LUM Shelter Security Staff

The LUM Emergency Shelterprovides 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 WinterWarming Stationcomplements these services from November to April. 
The LUM shelter staff members manage the nightly operations of the LUM Emergency Shelter & Winter Warming Station. They are as follows (pictured L to R above):

  • Connie Kepner Davis – Connie grew up in Mt. Summit, lived for many years in Tennessee and now lives in Fowler. She has four grown children and 10 grandchildren (with one on the way). Connie is a member of White Horse Christian Center
  • Jamie Volom – Jamie is from Hammond and now lives in Lafayette. He is a certified recovery coach and works with A Better Life Brianna’s Hope. Jamie leads the recovery group at the LUM Emergency Shelter. He is a member of Trinity United Methodist Church.
  • Louis Sausa – Lou is from Long Island, NY and now lives in Lafayette with his wife of five years, Katey. He earned a BS in General Studies with minors in Sociology, Psychology & History from Ball State University.
  • Davie Heckert – LUM Emergency Shelter director. See his bio HERE.
  • Alex Tarr – Alex grew up and lives in Rossville. He earned professional certification from the Computing Technology Industry Association through Ivy Tech Community College. Alex served in the US Army for four years as a tank mechanic.
  • Nikolas Ballard (not pictured) – Nikolas is originally from New Mexico and grew up and now lives in Lafayette. He graduated from McCutcheon High School and served in the US Marines Corp (Okinawa, Japan) for three and a half years. Nikolas is also a musician and song writer.

LUM is fortunate to have such a dedicated, caring and hard-working shelter team.

LUM Reconnect & Restart Bus Ticket Program

A Better Option for Some LUM Shelter Guests

Occasionally the better option for a LUM shelter guest to succeed in getting housing, employment & financial stability is to move. These individuals are willingly “reconnecting” with their family (also willing) in another city/town and “restarting” with better career opportunities, better housing options and a strong family support system. After careful review and approval, the shelter guest is provided a one-way bus tickets to their new home. In 2018, this program served 37 guests providing $4,662 in bus tickets to various places across the country including New York, California and Texas.

LUM Shelter Staff Goes “Above & Beyond”

LUM Shelter Staff Thanked by LUM Board

At last night’s meeting, the LUM Board of Directors honored and thanked the LUM Emergency Shelter staff members for “going above & beyond the call of duty” in their service to LUM shelter guests the first week in February during the “Polar Vortex.”

Lafayette Urban Ministry has a shelter protocol for severely cold and snowy weather. During the Polar Vortex, the LUM shelter staff members provided bus transportation from the local day shelter to the LUM Emergency Shelter and Winter Warming Station, opened the Winter Warming Station three hours early, and provided bus transportation back to the local day shelter in the morning — in addition to their regular nightly duties. The LUM Board of Directors acknowledged that their work is sincerely appreciated and is saving lives. Pictured above L to R: David Heckert, shelter director; Connie Kepner Davis, shelter staff member; Joan Low, LUM board president; and Joe Micon, LUM executive director.

Meet the LUM Interns – Spring 2019


Evie Griffin 

Evie is a naturalized US citizen from Estonia, grew up in Marion County and now lives in Cutler, Indiana with her husband, Timothy, and their 20-month old son. After high school, Evie enlisted in the US Marine Corp and served for five years in various locations including southeast Asia. She earned a bachelor’s degree in social work from IUPUI and is currently enrolled in the Master of Social Work program at the Indiana University School of Social Work (Indianapolis).

At LUM, Evie is working as an intern with the LUM Tax Assistance Program.


Robert Krasa 

Rob is from Toledo, Ohio and now lives in Lafayette with his wife, Jessie, who also grew up in Toledo. He earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Toledo and and is currently enrolled in the Master of Social Work program at the Indiana University School of Social Work (Indianapolis). Rob also worked for nine years in community mental health counseling and group program development.

At LUM, Rob is an intern with the Campaign for Hoosier Families and the LUM Dream Team Fund.


John Schumann 

John is from Lafayette and now lives in West Lafayette with his wife, Karen. They have four grown children. He earned a bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture from Purdue University and is currently enrolled in the Master of Social Work program at the Indiana University School of Social Work (Indianapolis). John is also the owner of Schumann Custom Building & Landscaping.
At LUM, John is an intern with the LUM Emergency Shelter and Winter Warming Station.


Angela Weaver

Angela grew up in Wheatfield, Indiana and now lives in West Lafayette with her husband, Kyle, and their beagle, Bailey. Angela & Kyle grew up together and are both students at Purdue University. She will complete her degree in three years this May with a bachelor’s in Law & Society.

At LUM, Angela is the LUM Klinker-Alting Family Advocacy Intern working with the Campaign for Hoosier Families.