“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.”
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
The staff members of the LUM Emergency Shelter are truly on the front line of this crisis. They manage the nightly operations of the LUM Emergency Shelter & Winter Warming Station. 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 new LUM shelter director, Briton Weise. The meeting was upbeat, collaborative and productive (pictured). The staff members left the meeting better prepared for another night at the LUM Emergency Shelter and excited to work with Briton.
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.
A través de este tiempo incomparable, la Clínica de Inmigración de LUM continúa abierta a los negocios para servir a la comunidad. Sin embargo, “cómo” LUM está sirviendo a la comunidad ha sido modificado para mantener a las familias lo más seguras posible. La Clínica se ha adaptado para trabajar con clientes por teléfono, videoconferencia, correo electrónico y en ubicaciones alternativas.
El programa Buen Samaritano (Good Samaritan) de LUM también recibe solicitudes de asistencia financiera de emergencia por teléfono y correo electrónico durante la semana, a partir de las 9 a.m.. Las clases de ciudadanía y las tablas de conversación en español se han pospuesto.
LUM continúa monitoreando los cambios a esta emergencia de salud pública. La Junta Directiva, el personal y los voluntarios de LUM mantienen a los afectados por COVID-19 en nuestros pensamientos y oraciones.
Last week, the LUM Board of Directors held their monthly meeting using video conferencing. The agenda was distributed along with a code to “Join the Meeting” online. Remote meetings continue to be productive and successfully connect and engage everyone involved.
Joan Low, LUM board president, led the meeting; and Wes Tillett, LUM executive director, attended and contributed on behalf of the LUM staff. A healthy second quarter financial report was presented and approved. Pictured are the LUM board & staff members who participated. This is yet another example of how LUM continues to be flexible and adaptive during the COVID-19 crisis because LUM is determined to continue serving local families and children in need.