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Be Counted! Be Heard! Speak Up! Vote!


Respond to Census by Sept 30 | Register by Oct 5

Important deadlines are approaching. You must be counted, be heard, speak up & vote.


BE COUNTED

  • Respond to the US Census, by THIS Wednesday, September 30
  • To start, click HERE

BE HEARD

  • Register to Vote, by Monday, October 5
    • To register or to check your registration, click HERE
  • Vote Early. Voting begins on Tuesday, October 6
    • To find your sites & times, click HERE

SPEAK UP


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.

Celebrate US Constitution Day – TODAY


Celebrate US Constitution Day – TODAY

On this date in 1787, the delegates to the US Constitutional Convention signed the US Constitution. LUM encourages you to observe Constitution Day, an important day in our nation’s history, by doing the four things listed below. Show your love for the United States of America and the blessings of freedom that were secured for us on this day.


Here are “4 Ways To Celebrate Constitution Day.”

  1. BE COUNTEDRespond to the US Census, by 9/30. To start, click HERE
  2. VOTE – Register to Vote, by 10/5. To register or to check your registration, click HERE
  3. SPEAK UPCall & tweet Senators Young & Braun (202-224-3121; @SenToddYoung; @SenatorBraun) and ask them to Support extending the COVID Relief Package including expanding unemployment benefits, increasing SNAP benefits, expanding housing assistance, making the Child Tax Credit fully available, expanding the Earned Income Tax Credit, and expanding the Families First Paid Leave Program.
  4. LEARN Listen to a Reading of the US Constitution featuring Wes Tillett, LUM executive director, and Joe Micon, LUM executive director emeritus & former state representative (pictured). To view this reading, click HERE.

Happy US Constitution Day! And may God continue to bless these United States of America.

Patriot Day – Remembering September 11th

LUM Observes Moment of Silence at 8:46 a.m.

Friday, September 11, is Patriot Day in the US — a day to remember the people killed in the attacks of 2001. LUM staff will observe the day with a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m. EST,  the time the first plane struck the World Trade Center.

“If we learn nothing else from this tragedy,
We learn that life is short and there is no time for hate.”

— Sandy Dahl, partner of Flight 93 pilot, Jason Dahl, in Shanksville, PA, on September 11, 2002.

Let’s never forget.

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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After School Program

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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Emergency Shelter

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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Emergency Shelter

LUM Takes the Pledge

LUM Pledges to Protect Greater Lafayette

Lafayette Urban Ministry is proud to join other businesses & nonprofits by taking the pledge to Protect Greater Lafayette. LUM is committed to keeping the health and safety of our staff, volunteers, children, families, clients and guests at the forefront. LUM has taken the Protect Greater Lafayette pledge to show that we’re doing our part in maintaining the well-being of our community.

HERE IS WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT FROM US

CLEAN HANDS
We encourage and enable frequent hand washing or hand sanitization by staff and guests

CLEAN FACILITIES
We frequently clean and disinfect spaces and surfaces according to CDC guidance

FACE COVERINGS
We require and encourage the use of face coverings by staff and guests

SOCIAL DISTANCE
We model and enable social distancing, keeping six feet between ourselves and others whenever possible

STAY HOME WHEN SICK
We encourage wellness screenings and monitor for the symptoms of COVID-19; if symptoms are present or exposure to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 are confirmed, we encourage staff and guests to stay home and contact a healthcare provider

PROMOTE CONTACT-FREE SERVICES
We promote contactless and touch-free transactions and interactions whenever possible

FOLLOW DIRECTIVES
We stay informed and adhere to evolving orders and directives issued by governmental and public health officials

SHARE THE PLEDGE
We post and promote the Protect Greater Lafayette pledge

PROTECT EACH OTHER
We are positive, attentive and helpful to anyone who may be in need of support

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.