Category Archives: Good Samaritan Program

Quick Links – Fall Engagement Opportunities


| Sign Up | Donate | Volunteer | Needed Items |


COMMUNITY Thanksgiving Feast
(Thursday, Nov. 24 – Noon)


EMERGENCY Shelter
(Every Night – 8 p.m.)


FOOD Pantries
(Thursdays & Fridays – 10 a.m. to Noon)


TURKEY Trot 5K Run
(Thursday, Nov. 24 – 8:30 a.m.)


JUBILEE Christmas
(Saturday, Dec. 10)


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Homeless Services – Fall Engagement Opportunities


Every Night – 8 p.m. to 7 a.m.
Volunteer | Donate Provide Meals | Needed Items | Host a Collection Drive |


Will you help us continue to serve those in our community who are experiencing homelessness? Your gift of $50, $100, $250, $500, or $1,000 to the LUM Homeless Services will help LUM continue to provide help and hope to those experiencing homelessness during this difficult time. Four Ways YOU can help the LUM Emergency Shelter and Winter Warming Station are as follows:

  • Make a Monetary DONATION, click HERE
  • Sign up to VOLUNTEER, click HERE
  • Donate Needed ITEMS, click HERE
  • Prepare a MEAL for LUM guests, click HERE

Your financial generosity is not only an act of hospitality toward those with no home of their own, it is also an investment in the health and safety of the greater community. If you’re interested or need more information, click HERE — or email or call Jeffrey Auguste (jauguste@lumserve.org | 765-423-2691).


More – LUM Fall Engagement Opportunities

FOOD Pantries
(Thursdays & Fridays – 10 a.m. to Noon)


EMERGENCY Shelter
(Every Night – 8 p.m.)


TURKEY Trot 5K Run
(Thursday, Nov. 24 – 8:30 a.m.)


COMMUNITY Thanksgiving Feast
(Thursday, Nov. 24 – Noon)


JUBILEE Christmas
(Saturday, Dec. 10)


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Food Pantries – Fall Engagement Opportunities


Thursdays & Fridays – 10 a.m. to Noon
Donate | Needed Items | Host a Collection Drive | Volunteer | 


The LUM Food Pantries (Downtown Lafayette & West Lafayette, IN) need your support this fall & winter. The pandemic and the cost of food & fuel are impacting local families as well as food banks. Here are a few ways YOU can help LUM continue to meet the growing demand for basic food, paper products and personal hygiene items. 

  • DONATIONS – Monetary donations are ideal because the money will be used where it is needed the most.
  • GIVING GARDENERS – If you wish to donate fresh vegetables, herbs and fruit from your garden, simply drop off your items when the LUM Food Pantries are open (Thursday & Friday mornings). Learn more.
  • NEEDED ITEMS – Families need paper products, cleaning supplies, infant products and personal hygiene items. Purchase the needed items and drop off or shop online and have items shipped. Plus, if you use Amazon Smile, LUM will get 0.5% of your eligible purchase. Go to smile.amazon.com, select “Lafayette Urban Ministry,” and order needed items. Learn more.
  • HOST A DRIVE – Coordinate a “drive” for the LUM Food Pantries at your church, organization or business — or at your next event, like a birthday party or business meeting/social. Check the LUM Wish List and keep it simple. For example, sponsor a Toilet Paper Drive for all programs, Socks Drive for the Emergency Shelter, or Snacks Drive for the After School Program. Learn more.

More – LUM Fall Engagement Opportunities

FOOD Pantries
(Thursdays & Fridays – 10 a.m. to Noon)


EMERGENCY Shelter
(Every Night – 8 p.m.)


TURKEY Trot 5K Run
(Thursday, Nov. 24 – 8:30 a.m.)


COMMUNITY Thanksgiving Feast
(Thursday, Nov. 24 – Noon)


JUBILEE Christmas
(Saturday, Dec. 10)


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Community Thanksgiving Feast – Fall Engagement Opportunities


Thursday, November 24 – Noon – Thanksgiving Day
Volunteer | Donate | Needed Food & Supplies | Host a Collection Drive |


The LUM Community Thanksgiving Feast is a true community event, where everyone is welcome on Thanksgiving Day (11/24) for a FREE holiday feast. LUM relies on donations of money, food & supplies, and time from the community. More than 800 meals will be served. Here are a three ways YOU can help the LUM Community Thanksgiving Feast:

  • DONATE – Monetary donations are ideal because it gives LUM the ability to use the money where it is needed the most. To donate, click HERE.
  • NEEDED ITEMS – Donate food items, prepared food, and/or supplies. To donate food & needed items, click HERE
  • VOLUNTEER – To sign up to volunteer, click HERE

For more information, go to LUMserve.org/thanksgiving. If your business or group would like to become an event sponsor, call or email us (765-423-2691 | thanks@lumserve.org).


More – LUM Fall Engagement Opportunities

FOOD Pantries
(Thursdays & Fridays – 10 a.m. to Noon)


EMERGENCY Shelter
(Every Night – 8 p.m.)


TURKEY Trot 5K Run
(Thursday, Nov. 24 – 8:30 a.m.)


COMMUNITY Thanksgiving Feast
(Thursday, Nov. 24 – Noon)


JUBILEE Christmas
(Saturday, Dec. 10)


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Quick Links – Fall Engagement Opportunities


| Sign Up | Donate | Volunteer | Needed Items |


JUBILEE Christmas
(Saturday, Dec. 10)


FOOD Pantries
(Thursdays & Fridays – 10 a.m. to Noon)


EMERGENCY Shelter
(Every Night – 8 p.m.)


TURKEY Trot 5K Run
(Thursday, Nov. 24 – 8:30 a.m.)


COMMUNITY Thanksgiving Feast
(Thursday, Nov. 24 – Noon)


Please click the name above for more information — and SHARE with others who might be interested.

Quick Links – Fall Engagement Opportunities


| Sign Up | Donate | Volunteer | Needed Items |


FOOD Pantries
(Thursdays & Fridays – 10 a.m. to Noon)


EMERGENCY Shelter
(Every Night – 8 p.m.)


TURKEY Trot 5K Run
(Thursday, Nov. 24 – 8:30 a.m.)


COMMUNITY Thanksgiving Feast
(Thursday, Nov. 24 – Noon)


JUBILEE Christmas
(Saturday, Dec. 10)


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Ways You Can Get Engaged with LUM

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Row-A-Thon 2022 Raises $8,732 for LUM


The Purdue Crew Team raised $8,732 for the LUM Good Samaritan Fund through the annual Row-A-Thon event which took place on February 12 at the local shopping mall. At the Purdue Crew Spring Banquet, Jack DeFuria, president, and Layne Harbourt, treasurer, presented a “big” check to Pablo Malavenda, LUM executive program director (pictured).

Each year, the Purdue Crew student athletes solicit donations for Row-A-Thon from their family and friends mostly from outside of this community; and this donation each year is the single largest gift to the LUM Good Samaritan Fund from any group or individual. LUM is grateful for the continued support over the years from the leadership, athletes and coaches of the Purdue Crew TeamBoiler Up!


The LUM Good Samaritan Fund provides local individuals, families and children with a financial safety net when in crisis – and is not used for any administrative expenses. No operating expenses are taken out of the Good Samaritan Fund — 100% of all donations go to help those in need. In 2021, the Good Samaritan Fund helped 1,309 families; providing financial assistance in averting eviction, utility disconnects and other crises 2,018 times; and distributed $196,198.

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Mission Moment – The Story of Tina

LUM Helps Divert the Eviction of a Local Family

Her tears of desperation turned into tears of gratitude. Tina came to Lafayette Urban Ministry looking for some financial assistance with her rent. She had fallen behind on rent due to several COVID-19 related factors. With her kids at home (quarantined from school), Tina could not work the same number of hours at her job. When her employer reduced her hours on the next schedule, it compounded her financial loss. Tina found an additional job at a lower hourly wage and simply could not make up for the lost income. Her landlord’s patience wore thin. 

When a friend told her LUM might be able to help, Tina filled out the LUM Good Samaritan Program application online. When LUM was able to help her get caught up on rent, Tina’s tears of relief and gratitude streamed down her face. 

If you have given to the Good Samaritan Program, “Thank you. Your generosity is changing lives like Tina and her family. May you be blessed for blessing others. 


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Mission Moment – The Story of Beth’s Journey

As Told by Linda Hicks, LUM Program Director

Beth came to the LUM Office seeking assistance with the LUM Good Samaritan Program. She needed help with the deposit on her new apartment. Over the past five years Beth needed financial assistance twice, the LUM Emergency Shelter several times, and used the LUM food pantries regularly up through 2019. Beth wore a baseball cap tilted down to cover part of her face and hide the scars, both physical and emotional. Connie, the LUM receptionist, greeted her and soon learned that Beth had escaped an abusive relationship; and as a result of the abuse, had lost sight in one eye. She was having trouble finding permanent housing and difficulty finding employment. Beth felt that employers were hesitant to hire her because one of her eyes was white in color.

Beth now has a prosthetic eye and receives monthly disability payments, but is still emotionally fragile and managing her funds is a challenge. Just as she was about to secure housing, she panicked that it wouldn’t work out and she’d be homeless once again. She was in need of funding; but more than that, Beth needed compassion and understanding and a safe place. In tears (with her mask on), Beth sat in the LUM lobby telling Connie, of her fears. Connie listened (also masked), held her arms open and said, “Now come here.” Beth dropped into her arms and sobbed. The tears eventually stopped, Beth took a breath, gathered up her courage and was on her way.

She returned later that day with a smile on her face because she signed a lease for an apartment! Beth was relieved and grateful, not only for the funding, but also for the kindness. It was a day to be reminded of the magic that a hug and an open heart can hold. We all matter in the world no matter what our station in life. 


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