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Meet the LUM Homeless Services Team


Meet the Shift Supervisor & Security Staff Members

The LUM Homeless Services depends on a team of highly skilled, trained & hardworking staff and volunteers. Together they provide a safe space every night of the year for individuals experiencing homelessness.


LUM is excited to introduce the LUM Homeless Services staff members. The LUM shelter staff members manage the nightly operations of the LUM Emergency Shelter & Winter Warming Station. Led by Jeffrey Auguste, LUM Homeless Services director, these frontline LUM shelter staff members are hardworking, caring and dedicated to keeping our shelters open and safe.

Meet the LUM Homeless Services Team


Meet the Director & Security Staff Members

The LUM Homeless Services depends on a team of highly skilled, trained & hardworking staff and volunteers. Together they provide a safe space every night of the year for individuals experiencing homelessness.

Jeffrey Auguste is the LUM Homeless Services director. He is responsible for the LUM Emergency Shelter and the Winter Warming Station. Jeffrey grew up in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and currently lives in Lafayette, IN. His mother, father and two younger brothers also live in Lafayette. Jeffrey graduated from Jefferson High School and earned an associate degree in Human Services from Ivy Tech Community College. He is currently enrolled at Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis pursuing a bachelor degree in Social Work. His goal is to complete his Master of Social Work by 2025. To read more about Jeffrey, click HERE.


LUM is excited to introduce the LUM Homeless Services staff members. The LUM shelter staff members manage the nightly operations of the LUM Emergency Shelter & Winter Warming Station. Led by Jeffrey Auguste, LUM Homeless Services director, these frontline LUM shelter staff members are hardworking, caring and dedicated to keeping our shelters open and safe.

COVID-19 Response to Local Financial Need


LUM Offers Direct Financial Assistance plus Hope

In 2019, the last “normal” year that any of us experienced, the LUM Good Samaritan Program disbursed $103,617 to 1,783 individuals. That money was used to help pay utility bills, keep people housed, and pay for prescription medications. The LUM Good Samaritan Program gives people a financial boost, empowering them to make it through a “rainy day” to a brighter future. 

THEN CAME THE PANDEMIC!

The financial needs of households in Greater Lafayette grew significantly. Thankfully, so did the generosity of individuals and partner organizations. The Good Samaritan Program provides practical help as well as a sense of hope to those who are helped. Clients are seen, heard, reassured, and valued. This program is one key way that LUM fulfills the mission to “restore human dignity.” 

  • In 2020, an amazing $229,834 in financial assistance was provided
  • In 2021 (as of October 31), our neighbors were assisted 1,661 times with a total of $169,380

Would you please consider donating to the LUM Good Samaritan Program, providing this critical social safety net to our neighbors in need in Greater Lafayette? Not a single dollar of what you give to the Good Samaritan Program is ever used for administrative overhead or staff costs. Your contribution of $50, $100, $250, $500, or $1,000 will allow the LUM Good Samaritan Program to be here for all the families, many with children, who call upon LUM for help. And, THANK YOU!


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Meet the LUM Emergency Shelter Team


Frontline Shelter Staff Members – 365 Nights a Year

The LUM Emergency Shelter provides short-term, overnight shelter, meals, and showers in a safe and caring environment for up to 44 homeless adults each night of the year.

Meet the hardworking and dedicated staff members of the LUM Emergency Shelter (pictured). This small but mighty team make it possible to offer a safe & caring place to one of the most vulnerable populations in our community — individuals experiencing homelessness.

During the LUM Summer of Service, please consider volunteering with the LUM Shelter team as an Overnight Shelter Volunteer. Volunteers are needed 365 nights a year from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. or 8 p.m. to midnight. Four Ways YOU can help the LUM Emergency Shelter are as follows:

The LUM Emergency Shelter provides short-term, overnight shelter, meals, and showers in a safe and caring environment for up to 44 homeless adults each night of the year. The LUM Winter Warming Station complements these services from November to April. 

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Linda’s Reflections On COVID-19 from the Frontlines


Good Samaritan Program

“Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote, ‘Out of the mountain of despair, a stone of hope.’ The ability to help others through the Good Samaritan Program has felt hopeful during a year filled with many challenges far beyond any that I have experienced in my lifetime. So many of our clients have been overwhelmed, feeling they will never catch up with their rent and bills. Our ability to help financially, along with offering a listening ear, referrals and information on where else to turn, has helped to provide a stone of hope.

Linda Hicks, Director, LUM Good Samarian Programs


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Financial Assistance – First Quarter 2021


Financial Assistance – Since January 2021

As LUM closes out the first quarter of 2021, it is worthy to note that although families are receiving their tax refunds and stimulus checks, the crisis continues.

Families are still needing financial support. Since January 1, 2021, here are the stats:

  • 382 local families have been helped
  • 138 of these families (36%) were asking for assistance for the first time
  • $43,032.57 has been distributed so far

LUM hopes you agree that investing in the LUM Good Samaritan Program is a wonderful way to support your community and those in need of emergency assistance. If you are able, please consider a donation. One hundred percent of what you give will be passed along to struggling households, perhaps one in your own neighborhood.


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One Year Later – Financial Assistance

During the entire pandemic the generosity of this community has been heartwarming. Some gave supplies, some gave money and some gave of their time & expertise. LUM is grateful for each and every individual, family, company, agency, group, and church who has supported LUM programs during this crisis. Thanks to our volunteers who risk their own health to keep serving others.

Pictured below are two LUM Good Samaritan Program volunteers (L to R, front row): Pat Garrott & Shirley Robertson; who are joined by LUM staff members (L to R, back row): Linda Hicks, director; Connie Decker, receptionist; & Nancy Emig, clerk.

Other notable donations to LUM for COVID-19 relief were from those listed as follows:

  • Tippecanoe COVID-19 Response Fund
  • United Way of Greater Lafayette
  • The Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette
  • Greater Lafayette Commerce
  • Fairfield Township Trustees
  • Purdue Crew Team – Row-A-Thon
  • McAllister Foundation
  • Glick Community Relief Fund
  • Regions Bank
  • Bob & Patti Truitt

If you wish to invest in the LUM Good Samaritan Program, please give a donation to the fund, which supports families and children in crisis with financial assistance.


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One Year of Rapid Relief to Families in Crisis


One Year Later – Financial Assistance

In the past 12 months, a small but mighty team has kept LUM “open” and “serving” local families in financial crisis. In the beginning of the pandemic, everything had to change immediately. Despite all of the obstacles, LUM was able to continue providing emergency financial assistance using online forms, email and phone calls. The LUM Good Samaritan Program has not faced a challenge like this before but the staff members and volunteers were so passionate and focused that nothing, not even a global pandemic, could stop them.
As the news of LUM’s success spread, LUM became one of the few trusted agencies for assistance and referrals, and the donations followed. Since March 23, 2020:

  • 1,256 local families have received financial help
  • 728 of these families (58%) were asking for assistance for the FIRST time
  • An additional $213,025 of COVID-19 relief funds has been donated to LUM
  • $253,801.14 has been distributed by LUM

Pictured above are two LUM Good Samaritan Program volunteers (L to R, front row): Pat Garrott & Shirley Robertson; who are joined by LUM staff members (L to R, back row): Linda Hicks, director; Connie Decker, receptionist; & Nancy Emig, clerk.

If you wish to invest in the LUM Good Samaritan Program, please give a donation to the fund, which supports families and children in crisis with financial assistance.


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LUM Receives $17,000 for COVID-19 Relief

Supporting Families Impacted by COVID-19

Lafayette Urban Ministry has been awarded $17,000 from the Tippecanoe COVID-19 Response Fund. This fund was created last spring by United Way of Greater Lafayette, The Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette and Greater Lafayette Commerce to bring relief to the area’s most vulnerable individuals and families. LUM is a funded partner agency and continues to serve those experiencing the short-term and long-term impacts of the coronavirus global pandemic. Ten thousand dollars will be distributed to individuals and family through the LUM Good Samaritan Program; and $7,000 will fund a clerk to process these requests more quickly. 

LUM is proud to be designated as a partner in this important initiative. Thank you to United Way of Greater Lafayette, The Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette, and Greater Lafayette Commerce for their continued support.


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LUM Receives $90,000 for COVID-19 Relief

Tippecanoe COVID-19 Response Fund

Lafayette Urban Ministry has been awarded an additional $25,000 from the Tippecanoe COVID-19 Response Fund — making the total received so far $90,000 ($15,000 in March, $20,000 in May, $30,000 in July & $25,000 in August). 

The Tippecanoe COVID-19 Response Fund was created by United Way of Greater Lafayette, The Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette and Greater Lafayette Commerce to bring relief to the area’s most vulnerable individuals and families. LUM is a funded partner agency and continues to serve those experiencing the short-term and long-term impacts of the coronavirus outbreak.

The monies have been rapidly distributed through the LUM Good Samaritan Program to seniors, children and low-income families to help with recovery, including housing and utility expenses. The fund is also helping with prescription medication assistance, access to childcare for families effected by closures, and services and shelter for people experiencing homelessness who lack the resources to stay safe.

Thank you to United Way of Greater Lafayette, The Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette, and Greater Lafayette Commerce for their continued support and designating LUM a partner in the important initiative.


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