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LUM Emergency Shelter – the COVID-19 Response

Even before Indiana issued the Stay-At-Home order, LUM and other community agencies sprang into action to address the realities of the pandemic. Portable sinks were purchased, others were donated. Masks were hand-made and distributed free of charge. Extra protocols were put into effect, such as cleaning, sanitizing, taking nightly temperature checks, and practicing social distancing. And, as has been the case since it began in 1984, the LUM Emergency Shelter never missed a night of offering a safe, warm, secure place to those experiencing homelessness in our community.  

In the first eight months of 2020, LUM has provided over 5,500 overnight stays to 489 individuals, with four of those months in the midst of a global pandemic. All of the adaptation to COVID-19 realities has not been without cost. Additional cleaning supplies and equipment have been purchased and used. Volunteerism almost disappeared entirely during the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order. Additional paid staff hours have filled the volunteer gap. 

Nonetheless, LUM has continued to address the complex problems facing our guests who are chronically homeless. Addiction, mental illness, emotional and physical disabilities, and unwise choices — all exacerbated by the anxieties of the pandemic — have never been harder to overcome. But the LUM staff members, now led by the new LUM Emergency Shelter director, Briton Weise, have resiliently served our guests, helping the guests to see brighter future possibilities.


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LUM Emergency Shelter – During a Crisis


A Letter from Wes Tillett, LUM Executive Director

Do you remember where you were on the night of Monday, March 23,when “Stay Home, Stay Safe” was ordered for the State of Indiana? 

I was home, safe and warm, playing board games with my wife and kids. Logan Smith (not his real name) was lining up in the frigid 37 degree temperatures to get inside the LUM Emergency Shelter. For Logan and many other people in Tippecanoe County who had no place to call home, “Stay Home, Stay Safe” was frighteningly unrealistic.   

  • How does one stay home and safe with no place to call home?
  • How does one regularly wash one’s hands without access to a sink?
  • How does one wear a mask when one doesn’t have one?  

LUM was there for Loganon March 23 — and every night since, providing a place to temporarily call home and stay safe. LUM understood that the risk of COVID-19 to the homeless population was not just a health concern for individuals experiencing homelessness themselves but, due to the highly contagious nature of coronavirus, a risk to broader public health as well.

I am grateful that Logan had somewhere to go on March 23 to stay safe from the cold, and stay safe from coronavirus. There are brighter days ahead for Logan and for all of us. We may have several more months of difficulty before we get there. God will give Logan and all of us strength to persevere.  

Please, will you make a generous financial gift to the Lafayette Urban Ministry Emergency Shelter, so that we can continue to offer people like Logan a warm, safe and caring place to shelter in these pandemic times?

With appreciation,

Wes Tillett, LUM Executive Director


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LUM Camp 2020! Re-imaged & Successful!


The Best Week of the Year for 39 Campers

LUM Camp kicked off on Tuesday, July 28, for 39 local youth. LUM Camp is an overnight summer camp for children, aged 8, 9 and 10 years old, who come from families served by Lafayette Urban Ministry, which has happened every summer since the early 1960s. The fun, friendship and life-enhancing benefits were the same, but LUM Camp 2020 looked different due to COVID-19.

This year the theme was Join the Green Side. The week focused on interactive and experiential learning and was filled with traditional “camp” activities. There were also opportunities to teach the children how to be safe and stay healthy during the pandemic, especially in preparation for what they will deal with when they return to school later this month. There were fewer campers and more counselors. Campers practiced social distancing, wore face masks, interacted in small groups, had their temperature checked & washed their hands throughout the day, and had staggered meals and activities. As expected, the LUM Campers had a blast!

Through your donations, campership gifts, and volunteer time, you made it possible for our LUM Campers to have a life-changing experience that they will remember fondly for the rest of their lives. If you wish to make a donation to LUM Camp, go to lumserve.org/donate.

To view PHOTOS of LUM Camp 2020, click HERE.


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LUM Camp 2020 is Here! THIS TUESDAY!


The Best Week of the Year for 53 Campers

LUM Camp kicks off THIS Tuesday for approximately 53 local children. COVID-19 forced LUM to make significant changes this year, but the fun, friendship and life-changing experiences remain the same.

LUM Camp will be filled with traditional “camp” activities. This year LUM will teach children how to be safe and stay healthy during the pandemic, especially in , preparation for what they will deal with when they return to school in the fall.
It’s not too late to sponsor a LUM Camper this year. Donations to LUM Camp are still welcome. Individuals may sponsor a camper for only $150. Would you please invest in both their long-term life skills and their short-term fun by offering them the gift of LUM Camp?

LUM Camp also has a few more spots open for volunteer LUM Camp counselors.


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Please note: LUM is working closely with the professional staff at Hanging Rock Christian Camp, the long-time host site of LUM CampLUM Camp is being planned in compliance with and exceeding the guidelines developed by the American Camp Association and the YMCA of the USA. All donations to LUM Camp will be used entirely on the campers’ experience this year.

Laura’s Kids Support LUM Camp & Food Pantry


Local Family Fund Donates $2,500 to LUM

Nancy Emig recently surprised LUM with a $2,500 donation. This gift was made possible by “Laura’s Kids,” a nonprofit created in memory of Laura Williams by Nancy & Greg Emig, her sister and brother-in-law and owners of Lafayette Brewing Company.

Laura Williams graduated from Chesterton High School and was a junior at Purdue University when she passed away unexpectedly in 2001. Laura had a special gift for working with children, and her goal was to become a child life specialist working with children with disabilities. In addition to Laura’s Kids, there is a memorial scholarship at Purdue for students in Human Development & Family Studies.

One thousand dollars was designated to support the LUM Protein Food Pantry, and $1,500 to LUM Camp. This generous gift will feed more than 1,000 local families and send 10 local children to LUM Camp next week. On behalf of the LUM students, THANK YOU to Laura’s Kids, the Emig Family and our friends at Lafayette Brewing Company.

{Pictured is Nancy with a LUM student and Bayley, her dog, who is the LUM reading buddy.}


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LUM Programs Persist & Thrive in 2020


Jubilee Christmas & Community Thanksgiving

LUM program directors have been thinking about how COVID-19 will impact this year’s Jubilee Christmas (12/12) and Community Thanksgiving Celebration (11/26). At LUM, we are committed to offering both programs in some form this year. Families will still need assistance with Christmas, the community will still appreciate a free Thanksgiving celebration, and the leadership and members of our member churches will still want to offer assistance. Hopefully things will be much better in December but decisions will be made by mid-September.

LUM suggests that you continue to support Jubilee Christmas & the Community Thanksgiving Celebration as you have in past years. Cash donation to these programs would be best, but you may also donate “needed items” to each program. Thank you and your continued support of LUM, Jubilee Christmas and the Community Thanksgiving Celebration. To make an online donation, click the button below. To view the list of needed items, click HERE.


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Hunger Hike – An Exciting New Twist

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this will be a year of great changes for Hunger Hike, and the event is going to be unique and more exciting than ever. Hunger Hike 2020 will kick off on Sunday, September 13 starting a week-long challenge for “Hikers” and “Teams.” Individuals & groups can create online fundraising pages for themselves and their team and begin fundraising today. They will also be encouraged to create a “personal challenge” for the week or participate in a leaderboard challenge with other members of their fundraising team to see who can get the most steps — using a mobile app.

The centerpiece of the event will take place on Sunday, September 20 at 1:00 pm with the Hunger Hike livestream event, featuring local celebrities, speakers and entertainment to help celebrate and raise funds for Hunger Hike. The hike raises money to support the important work of Lafayette Urban Ministry, Food Finders Food Bank, Inc., and the St. Thomas Aquinas Haiti Ministry.


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LUM Camp 2020 Needs YOU — NEXT WEEK


LUM Camp 2020 is ONLY DAYS Away

LUM Camp kicks off on Tuesday, July 28, for approximately 45 local children. LUM knows that camp is extraordinarily beneficial, and that is why LUM has hosted a camp every summer since the 1960’s. This year, LUM Camp will look different due to COVID-19, but the fun and friendship and life-enhancing benefits will remain the same.

LUM Camp will be filled with traditional “camp” activities. This year LUM also hopes to teach children how to be safe and stay healthy during the pandemic, especially in preparation for what they will deal with when they return to school in the fall. Toward that goal, LUM Camp will have fewer campers and more counselors. During the four-day camp, children will interact in small groups, will see areas be disinfected frequently, have their temperature checked throughout the day, and have staggered meals, learning sessions, and recreation times.

LUM Camp has a few more spots open for campers; and is still accepting applications for volunteer LUM Camp counselors. Donations to LUM Camp are still welcome. Individuals may sponsor a camper for only $150. Would you please invest in both their long-term life skills and their short-term fun by offering them the gift of LUM Camp?


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Thanks to the Rotary Club of Lafayette, who presented their gift of $300for two camperships to Wes Tillett, LUM executive director, at their monthly meeting this past Tuesday.

Thank you also to Laura’s Kids for their generous gift of $1,500 for 10 camperships. Laura’s Kids is a nonprofit created in memory of Laura Williams by her sister and brother-in-law, Nancy & Greg Emig, owners of Lafayette Brewing Company.

On behalf of the 2020 LUM Campers, thank you to everyone who has donated so far this year. If you wish to sponsor a camper, click the link above.


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Please note: LUM is working closely with the professional staff at Hanging Rock Christian Camp, the long-time host site of LUM CampLUM Camp is being planned in compliance with and exceeding the guidelines developed by the American Camp Association and the YMCA of the USA. All donations to LUM Camp will be used entirely on the campers’ experience this year.

LUM Camp 2020 Needs YOU This Summer


Only 2 Weeks Until LUM Camp Days (July 28-31)

LUM Camp 2020 is only 19 days away, and there is a part for everyone to get engaged to make it a life-changing experience for nearly 65 local children from low-income families.

LUM Camp is one of the finest overnight summer camp programs available to children anywhere. It is a scholarship-based camp, meaning LUM only invites children whose parents are not able to pay for the $150 per child cost of camp. The campers’ parents pay only $5 per child, and generous LUM donors cover the rest. If you wish to sponsor a camper, click the link below. Would you please invest in both their long-term life skills and their short-term fun by offering them the gift of LUM Camp?


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Thanks to the Rotary Club of Lafayette, who presented their gift of $300for two camperships to Wes Tillett, LUM executive director, at their monthly meeting this past Tuesday.

Thank you also to Laura’s Kids for their generous gift of $1,500 for 10 camperships. Laura’s Kids is a nonprofit created in memory of Laura Williams by her sister and brother-in-law, Nancy & Greg Emig, owners of Lafayette Brewing Company.

On behalf of the 2020 LUM Campers, thank you to everyone who has donated so far this year. If you wish to sponsor a camper, click the link above.


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Please note: LUM is working closely with the professional staff at Hanging Rock Christian Camp, the long-time host site of LUM CampLUM Camp is being planned in compliance with and exceeding the guidelines developed by the American Camp Association and the YMCA of the USA. All donations to LUM Camp will be used entirely on the campers’ experience this year.

Central Presbyterian Gives $10,000 to LUM


$10,000 to Support Summer Programs at LUM



The leadership and members of Central Presbyterian Church (Lafayette) recently donated $10,000 to Lafayette Urban Ministry to support summer programs, including LUM Camp and 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program. In a recent conversation with the LUM executive director, Wes Tillett, church members asked, “How can we help during this crisis?”

When Wes opened the daily mail and saw a check for $10,000, he was humbled and joyously surprised. This grant was made possible by generous gifts from the Chuck & Jack Horner families, who established the Central Presbyterian Foundation’s Horner Family Fund in 1980 to further the community mission & ministry of the church by funding youth camperships for camping programs.

This gift will have a tremendous impact on the families that LUM will serve this summer, especially the children who enroll in LUM youth programs.

Please join us in THANKING Central Presbyterian, one of the founding LUM member churches, for their continued support of LUM.


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LUM Camp Needs You! This Summer – July 27-31


Would you, or someone you know, make a good
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,
  • attend training on Thursday, July 23 at 7 p.m., and
  • be able to spend the entire week of camp from 11 a.m. Monday, July 27 to 4 p.m. Friday, July 31

Your transportation, housing and food will be covered — and you will get a LUM Camp staff shirt and the experience of a lifetime. Committed volunteer camp counselors are at the heart of a successful LUM Camp and play an important role with our LUM campers. For additional information, click HERE.


If you would rather support LUM Camp with a donation, consider sponsoring a camper for $150.


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Please note: LUM is working closely with the professional staff at Hanging Rock Christian Camp, the long-time host site of LUM CampLUM Camp is being planned in compliance with and exceeding the guidelines developed by the American Camp Association and the YMCA of the USA. All donations to LUM Camp will be used entirely on the campers’ experience this year.