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Harrison Kiwanis Club Donates $300 to LUM


State Rep Sheila Klinker Delivers $300 Check

Early one morning this past week, Indiana State Representative Sheila Klinker delivered a $300 donation from the Harrison Kiwanis Club to Wes Tillett, LUM executive director (pictured). The Harrison Kiwanis Club is part of a global community of clubs, members and partners in 80 countries and geographic areas dedicated to improving the lives of children one community at a time.

This gift will be used to offer assistance to families in our community, including the support of the LUM Youth Programs. LUM is grateful to all of the members of the Harrison Kiwanis Club, especially Representative Klinker, for their continued support of LUM. If you, your group or organization would like to invest in the children & families served by LUM, click the button below to donate or email lum@lumserve.org.

WLHS Girls Soccer Team Donates Food Items


Local Girls Soccer Teams Host Food Drive

The West Lafayette High School Girls Soccer Team donated food to the LUM Protein Food Pantry. Earlier this semester, each of the five local High School Girls Soccer Teams (Central Catholic, Harrison, Jefferson, McCutcheon & West Lafayette High Schools) coordinated a community-wide food drive to benefit LUM. The West Lafayette team captains, Ava Doty, Catalina Posada & Gretchen Bauman, delivered their food items to LUM this week (pictured).

Join us in thanking the West Lafayette Girls Soccer team for their donation and wish them luck as they face Kokomo at the Senior Night game tonight. If you wish to coordinate a food drive or paper goods drive for the LUM Protein Food Pantry, please email Nina Morgan at foodpantry@lumserve.org.


Five Local HS Girls Soccer Teams Support LUM

Food Donated to the LUM Protein Food Pantry

In addition to preparing to go back to school and train for their upcoming competition season, each of the five local High School Girls Soccer Teams (Central Catholic, Harrison, Jefferson, McCutcheon & West Lafayette High Schools) took the time to coordinate a food drive. Last week, the student leader athletes and coaches delivered a truckload of food to the LUM Protein Food Pantry. During this pandemic, donations of food items are greatly appreciated because the need is so great.

In 2020, so far, the LUM Protein Food Pantry has distributed food 1,254 times to 360 local families impacting 3,739 individuals, 147 families with children and 27 families with infants.

Join us in thanking the McCutcheon team for coordinating the effort, and all of these local student leader athletes for their support of the families and children in our community with their donation to LUM. They are as follows:

  • Central Catholic – Hailey Fallen, Caroline Lutz & Mayah Love
  • Harrison – Zylee Saunders, Lydia Gonzalez, Kenzie Sharp & Lexi Fraley
  • Jefferson – Guadalupe Villegas, Alexia Hernandez & Ashanti Bravo
  • McCutcheon – Addyson Garrett, Kaleigh Scheumann & Katie Buckles

If you wish to coordinate a food drive or paper goods drive for the LUM Protein Food Pantry, please email Nina Morgan at foodpantry@lumserve.org. {Please note: The West Lafayette High School girls soccer team also participated but have not been able to deliver their donation yet.}

Hunger Hike 2020 is HERE!


Join us for the Hunger Hike Livestream which will included the traditional Zumba Warm Up led by Miss Brooke from Studio b Dance & Fitness, US National Anthem sung by Julia Sibley and benediction by Bishop Timothy L. Doherty. It also will feature remarks from local dignitaries, Mayors Tony Roswarski John Dennis, Council members Lisa Dullum & Kathy Parker as well as the Hunger Hike co-chairs, Purdue Coaches Sharon Versyp and David Kucik. The Livestream will also offer entertainment from One Size Fits All comedy improv group & magician, Scott Starkey, the Wizard of the Wabash.

Let’s not forget though that Hunger Hike is a fundraising event to address the issues of malnutrition, food insecurity & hunger — and aims to raise funds to support food and nutrition programs locally, regionally & globally. Proceeds from Hunger Hike support the work of three local agencies – Lafayette Urban MinistryFood Finders Food Bank, Inc.& the St. Thomas Aquinas Haiti MinistryHunger Hike is an opportunity to support these outstanding local organizations while being part of a meaningful community event.

Join us in “Unmasking Hunger” – and here’s how:


Hunger Hike is one of the longest-running & most well-respected fundraising events, with a history stretching back nearly 30 years. Together, we’ve raised more than $2 million to help FIGHT HUNGER. Proceeds from Hunger Hike support the work of three local agencies – Lafayette Urban MinistryFood Finders Food Bank, Inc.& the St. Thomas Aquinas Haiti MinistryHunger Hike is an opportunity to support these outstanding local organizations while being part of a meaningful community event.


Hunger Hike – Quick Links


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Double Your Donation – Double Your Impact

LAFAYETTE Meijer – Friday & Saturday

TODAY, Friday, September 11, & Saturday, September 12 – Double Your Donation & Double Your Impact!

DOUBLE MATCH DAYS

Go to the LAFAYETTE Meijer supermarket (4901 SR 26 E, Lafayette IN) & purchase $10 Simply Give donation cards upon checkout & Meijer will donate “food cards” to LUM for DOUBLE the amount of your gift. LUM then fills the Protein Food Pantry with fresh and nutritious food for local families in need. During COVID-19, food insecurity has increased locally impacting your neighbors and their children.

Please give if you are able – and take advantage of the Simply Give – Double Match Days (Friday, September 11 & Saturday, September 12) at the LAFAYETTE Meijer.

Hunger Hike 2020 – Begins THIS Sunday


Hunger Hike is one of the longest-running & most well-respected fundraising events, with a history stretching back nearly 30 years. Together, we’ve raised more than $2 million to help FIGHT HUNGER. Proceeds from Hunger Hike support the work of three local agencies – Lafayette Urban MinistryFood Finders Food Bank, Inc.& the St. Thomas Aquinas Haiti MinistryHunger Hike is an opportunity to support these outstanding local organizations while being part of a meaningful community event.


Hunger Hike Events:

  • Challenge Week (THIS Sunday, September 13, to Sunday, September 20) is your opportunity pledge to Walk Far in the Fight Against Hunger – learn more
  • The Livestream is the premier event of Hunger Hike 2020 starting online at 1 p.m. on Sunday, September 20 – learn more

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Meet the LUM Interns – Fall 2020


The LUM After School Program provides a safe, fun and enriching childcare for children in Kindergarten to 8th grade. The program is staffed by a professionally trained educator, teacher’s aides, interns and volunteers. Interns are especially appreciated for being their passion and eagerness to learn to LUM programs. Below are the two interns currently working with the LUM After School Program. LUM is fortunate to have Dora & Breanne on the ASP team and for the partnership with the Ivy Tech Human Services program.


Dora Arteaga

Dora is from Chicago, lived in Florida and moved to Lafayette with her family 13 years ago. She graduated from William Henry Harrison High School in 2018 and is currently enrolled in the Human Services program at Ivy Tech Community College.

After Dora graduates (May 2021), she plans on pursuing a bachelor’s degree towards a career working in addiction counseling.


Breanne Stewart

Breanne grew up and lives in Lafayette. She graduated from Faith Christian High School and is currently enrolled in the Human Services program at Ivy Tech Community College.

After Breanne graduates (May 2021), she plans on working in the human service field, to gain experience; and pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Human Services from Purdue University.


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US Census 2020 – Shape Your Future


Respond by September 30 – Be Counted

The U.S. Census Bureau is ending all counting efforts for the 2020 census on September 30, a month sooner than previously announced. 

What is the Census? As mandated by the U.S. Constitution, the census is a once every-decade count of everyone living in the country. When we know how many people live in your community, organizations and businesses are better equipped to evaluate the services and programs needed. It also determines how seats in Congress are distributed among the 50 states.

Shape your future. Start here.
Visit 2020CENSUS.GOV

The results of the 2020 Census will help determine how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding flow into communities every year for the next decade.

Offering Hospitality – EVERY Night Since 1984


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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