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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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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

Meet the LUM Shelter Security Staff


Staff Meeting Via Zoom – Meeting Briton

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.

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{Pictured L to R: Patrick Renfroe, Pablo Malavenda, Noah Harley, Connie Kepner Davis, Briton Weise, Abby Lillpop, Wes Tillett, Arlether Blakney & Heather Sangl.}

Servicio a clientes de forma remota durante COVID-19


por Samantha Garcia

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.


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LUM Board of Directors – Getting It Done

Video Board Meetings Are Working Well

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.


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LUM Receives $65,000 for COVID-19 Relief

Tippecanoe COVID-19 Response Fund

Lafayette Urban Ministry has been awarded an additional $30,000 from the Tippecanoe COVID-19 Response Fund — making the total received so far $65,000 ($15,000 in March, $20,000 in May & $30,000 in July). The Tippecanoe COVID-19 Response Fund, 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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Serving Clients Remotely During COVID-19


by Samantha Garcia

Through this unparalleled time, the LUM Immigration Clinic continues to be open for business to serve the community. However, “how” LUM is serving the community has been modified to keep families as safe as possible. The Clinic has adjusted to work with clients by phone, video conferencing, email, and in alternative locations.

The LUM Good Samaritan Program is also taking requests for emergency financial assistance by phone and email during the week, starting at 9 a.m. The Citizenship Classes and Spanish Conversation Tables have been postponed. 

LUM is continuing to monitor changes to this public health emergency. The LUM Board of Directors, staff, and volunteers are keeping those affected by COVID-19 in our thoughts and prayers.


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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.