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Tippecanoe COVID-19 Hotline Launched


LUM Housing & Stability Assistance

Earlier this month, the Tippecanoe COVID-19 Housing & Stability Hotline was launched. This community resource will connect households struggling to pay rent, mortgages, and utilities during the COVID-19 pandemic to the LUM Good Samaritan Program along with other organizations equipped to provide aid. Hotline operators will ask a series of questions, determine the best resource to direct callers to, and provide a warm connection to that resource. The goal is to remove obstacles and reduce the amount of time between requests for aid and delivery of support.

The Housing & Stability Hotline is a partnership between United Way Greater Lafayette, The Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette, The City of Lafayette, and Lafayette Urban Ministry. The hotline can be reached by phone or text at 765-201-0668, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Calls will be returned within one business day. Residents may also complete an online form by visiting uwlafayette.org/housing.


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Major Donations to LUM – January-May 2020

Several Significant Donations Totaling $166,000

LUM relies on donations from individuals and groups to offer programs that strengthen families & children in our community. Since January, LUM has been blessed with several significant gifts & grants totaling $166,000. They are as follows:

  • LUM Good Samaritan Program has been awarded a $35,000 gift ($15,000 in March & $20,000 in May) from the Tippecanoe COVID-19 Response Fund, created by United Way of Greater Lafayette, The Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette and Greater Lafayette Commerce.
  • Purdue Crew Team hosted Row-a-Thon and typically donates half of the proceeds to the LUM Good Samaritan Fund. After Purdue Crew’s competition year was cut short due to COVID-19, they decided to donate ALL of the proceeds to LUM, totaling $27,693.
  • In honor of Joe Micon’s 41 years of service to LUM and the community, more than $73,000 was donated and raised at the LUM Retirement Follies event. Joe Micon, immediate past LUM executive director, retired earlier this year, and he and his family generously requested and encouraged individuals to make a donation to LUM in lieu of retirement gifts.
  • LUM Homeless Services was recommended for Community Development Block Grants, and will be awarded $14,846 from the City of Lafayette and $6,444 from the City of West Lafayette — totaling $21,290.
  • The McAllister Foundation recently awarded the LUM Youth Programs a $12,100 grant.
  • The Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette has awarded to LUM a COVID-19 “Rapid Response Grant” for $4,000.
  • LUM was awarded a gift of $7,500 from Glick Philanthropies through the Glick Community Relief Fund, a grant program to help local nonprofits continue to respond to those impacted by COVID-19.

Lafayette Urban Ministry is grateful for the support from individuals, foundations, agencies, student organizations, groups, churches, and businesses — especially during times like these. This support has enabled LUM to rapidly assist families in crisis due to COVID-19 as well as offer a safe place for those experiencing homelessness. If you wish to make in an investment in the families and children of our community, make a donation online at lumserve.org/donate.


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Indiana Primary Election – Voting Options


Every Voter is Eligible for an Absentee Ballot

Due to COVID-19, Any registered voter may request an absentee ballot for the June 2 Indiana primary. To vote absentee-by-mail, voters must complete the Application for Absentee Ballot and mail, email or fax it to your local county election office or the Indiana Election Division. 

The application must be completed & received by
May 21 at 11:59 p.m. 

After an application has been received, the voter will be mailed a Primary Election ballot. The voter must then complete the ballot, and return it to the county election board by noon on Election Day, June 2. You may also vote absentee in person beginning 28 days before Election Day at locations designated by your county’s election board. For more information, contact your local county election office. Election information including contact information for all 92 county election offices may be found online at indianavoters.com.

Absentee Ballot – Application forms are as follows:

Tippecanoe CountyElection & Voter Information is as follows:

  • Emailelectionboard@tippecanoe.in.gov
  • Fax: 765-423-9386
  • Mail: PO Box 619, Lafayette, IN 47902
  • Vote Absentee In-Person at the Tippecanoe County Building, 20 N 3rd Street – 3rd floor, Lafayette, IN 47901; Tuesday, May 26 to Saturday, May 30 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; and Monday, June 1st from 8 a.m. to noon
  • In-Person Early Voting begins Tuesday, May 26. For information on locations & times, click HERE.

For more information go to IndianaVoters.com.

Social Distancing – Preparing Recent Mailing

LUM is getting creative — staff & volunteers recently helped the LUM office manager, Linda Hicks, prepare a mailing. To stay safe, they used separate work spaces and wore masks. Pictured L to R are Alexandra Hicks, LUM volunteer & Purdue student; and Connie Decker, LUM receptionist. 

Thanks to ALL of our volunteers & staff members for going above & beyond to keep LUM open for business through this crisis.

If you wish to volunteer with future mailing projects at LUM, click HERE.

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Volunteers & Staff – Adapting to COVID-19

LUM is determined to remain open to support local families in need and individuals experiencing homelessness. To maintain a safe & healthy space, LUM staff members communicate regularly, adapt to the ever-changing situation, support each other and practice self-care. LUM Staff members have been meeting more frequently — using video conferencing (pictured).

Please remember LUM during this difficult time. Your gifts of cash donations ($5, $10, $50, $100 or $500), needed items (cleaning supplies, food pantry items & shelter meals), and time (volunteer at the shelter or food pantry) are GREATLY appreciated and needed.

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Urgent Need – COVID-19 Disinfectant Items

COVID-19 Supplies – High Demand, Urgent Need

As Lafayette Urban Ministry continues to serve local families and prepare for expanding in-person services, the supplies required by the CDC and state have been very difficult to find. Below are four of our most recent “donation heroes.” 

Pictured clockwise are Amy Engers donating disinfectant wipes, toilet paper and paper towels; Mammaw’s Sweet Shoppe donating food; Connie Decker donating face masks; and Issac Leichty donating paper towels.

THANK YOU to all of the families, churches and groups that have given their love and support to LUM during this crisis. A list of the COVID-19 supplies that are “out of stock” and LUM urgently needs are as follows:

  • Bleach
  • Disinfectant Spray (Lysol)
  • Disinfectant Wipes
  • Latex Gloves, Vinyl Gloves
  • Liquid Soap (1 gal.)
  • Hand Sanitizer (2 L)
  • Hand Wipes – Disinfecting
  • Paper Towels, Toilet Paper

If you with to donate NEEDED ITEMS to LUM, check out our “wishlist.” To view, click HERE.


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COVID-19 Corporate Match Gift Programs

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, many businesses have begun to offer Matching Gift programs. Through these match programs, corporations agree to financially match the donations their employees make to nonprofit organizations like Lafayette Urban Ministry. Corporations implementing these programs are able to give back to their communities, specifically to the organizations about which their employees care.

Check with your HR department and see if they are participating in a Match Program. Make a donation to LUM and double your donation and double your impact. Because we are, “Stronger Together (but six feet apart).”


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Social ‘Distance Learning’


LUM Immigration Clinic Participates in Webinars

During the Indiana Stay-At-Home Order, the LUM Immigration Clinic staff members and volunteers are spending this time to take advantage of advanced training on immigration and naturalization issues, ethics, legal issues and best practices.

They have been participating as a group in a series of webinars sponsored by the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (pictured). These online training programs are part of the resources available to LUM as an affiliate member of CLINIC. The Immigration Clinic staff and volunteers found the webinar timely and informative.


The LUM Protein Food Pantry remains open with strict protocols to keep everyone safe. The LUM Good Samaritan Program (emergency financial assistance) and Immigration Clinic are serving clients using online forms, email and the phone.

Please remember LUM during this difficult time. Your gifts of cash donations ($5, $10, $50, $100 or $500), needed items (cleaning supplies, food pantry items & shelter meals), and time (volunteer at the shelter or food pantry) are GREATLY appreciated and needed.

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Social Distancing – LUM Staff Meeting

Zoom Staff Meeting Led By Wes Tillett

During this crisis, the LUM Staff members have been meeting more frequently — using video conferencing (pictured).

LUM is determined to remain open to support local families in need and individuals experiencing homelessness. To do this and maintain a safe & healthy environment, LUM staff members communicate regularly, adapt to the ever-changing situation, support each other and practice self-care — physically, spiritually and emotionally.


The LUM Emergency Shelter and Protein Food Pantry remain open with strict protocols to keep everyone safe. The LUM Good Samaritan Program (emergency financial assistance) and Immigration Clinic are serving clients using online forms, email and the phone.

Please remember LUM during this difficult time. Your gifts of cash donations ($5, $10, $50, $100 or $500), needed items (cleaning supplies, food pantry items & shelter meals), and time (volunteer at the shelter or food pantry) are GREATLY appreciated and needed.

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Social Distancing – Shelter Staff Meeting


Emergency Shelter Staff – Zoom Meeting

The staff members of the LUM Emergency Shelter are truly on the front line of this crisis. A small but dedicated team make it possible to offer a safe & caring place to one of the most vulnerable populations in our community — individuals experiencing homelessness.

The LUM Emergency Shelter staff recently participated in a video conference meeting to receive new information, give feedback on how things are going, and meet the LUM executive director, Wes Tillett. The meeting was upbeat, collaborative and productive (pictured). The staff members left the meeting better prepared for another night at the LUM Emergency Shelter.


The LUM Protein Food Pantry remains open with strict protocols to keep everyone safe. The LUM Good Samaritan Program (emergency financial assistance) and Immigration Clinic are serving clients using online forms, email and the phone.

Please remember LUM during this difficult time. Your gifts of cash donations ($5, $10, $50, $100 or $500), needed items (cleaning supplies, food pantry items & shelter meals), and time (volunteer at the shelter or food pantry) are GREATLY appreciated and needed.

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