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LUM Emergency Shelter Focuses on Addiction

New Video Series for LUM Shelter Guests

Addiction and homelessness are directly correlated. At the LUM Emergency Shelter there has been a focus on addiction including a nightly support group for the guests. This month, LUM launched a new, creative video series program to enhance LUM’s focus on addiction.

During check-in each afternoon, at dinner and at breakfast, a series of videos are played for the guests which focus on addiction in a wide array of different, inspiring, creative and often entertaining ways. John Schumann, a recent LUM intern, worked with Joe Micon, LUM executive director, and David Heckert, LUM Emergency Shelter director, on this important project. John coordinated the purchase of new equipment and researched and selected the videos for the program. So far the video program has been well received by the LUM shelter guests. LUM is committed to addressing addiction with our clients and shelter guests and is confident this new program will have a positive impact.

If you wish to invest in the LUM Emergency Shelter and this program, please make a donation online.


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We’re Almost Out! (Of Simple Green, that is.)



Currently there is an urgent need for Simple Green (concentrate, original scent) all purpose cleaner at LUM. The LUM Emergency Shelter and Youth Programs rely on gifts from the community and our LUM friends.

Please help by making a monetary donation to LUM or purchasing Simple Green for LUM. You may ship or drop them off to the LUM Office (420 N 4th Street, Lafayette, IN 47901), Monday-Friday, 8:15 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Cash donations are preferred because they allow LUM to purchase what is needed, when it’s needed, but donations of “needed items” are also appreciated. Items on the wish list are listed by “need” and also by program (Emergency Shelter, Youth Programs, Food Pantry, etc.). Thank you.

To view our entire WISH LIST, click HERE.


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Position Opening — Shelter Security Staff — Paid, P/T


Security Staff Position – LUM Emergency Shelter


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LUM has immediate opening for Security Staff at the LUM Emergency Shelter. Please review the information below — and share with others. Applications will be reviewed as received.

Type: Part-time, paid; Pay: $15.00 per hour
Hours: Daily – 8 p.m. to midnight or midnight to 7 a.m.
Duties:

  • Maintains safety of guests, volunteers and premises, a team environment modeling mutual respect, and a professional and safe environment
  • Ensures compliance with Shelter Rules
  • Monitors arrival, departure, activity within shelter, activity outside within three blocks of the building
  • Disciplines guests who are non-compliant; refers guests to police when necessary
  • Submits written reports of daily activities and incidents

If interested—please Email, Mail or Drop-off a resume with cover letter to the LUM Shelter Director, David Heckert (dheckert@lumserve.org | 420 N 4th Street, Lafayette, IN 47901).

Mission Moment – The Story of Patrick Renfroe


A Letter from Joe Micon, LUM Executive Director

Fifty-eight year old Patrick Renfroe drank his first beer when he was just 12. At age 13 he was drinking hard liquor and smoking pot. By age 18 Patrick was buying and using crack cocaine.

He grew up in a home that was haunted by addiction. Both his father and sister lost their lives to drug and alcohol abuse. Patrick spent a total of 15 years in various Indiana prisons and the Tippecanoe County Community Corrections Program – all because of drug-related convictions.

Over the years, Patrick’s addiction took everything that was dear and important to him – his family, friends, employment, his freedom and even his physical health. In 2016, he suffered two strokes, one on each side of his brain, within the period of a single week.

It was during his rehab to regain his balance that Patrick realized he was powerless over his addiction. Unless he confronted his 45 year history of substance abuse soon, he knew his days would be numbered. Patrick shares,

“I was just so sick and tired of always being sick and tired.”

In May of this year, Patrick moved out of his apartment to escape the unhealthy influence of his roommates, and he started spending his nights at the LUM Emergency Shelter. Here he found a place that was not only bright, clean and friendly, but also a place that was supportive in his journey to sobriety.

At LUM, Patrick was exposed to various substance abuse helps, including…

  • Weekly AA meetings
  • Bi-weekly programs where resources are shared and testimony is provided by others who are fighting addiction
  • Immediate transportation for those who desire in-patient addiction treatment
  • A professional staff that understands addiction and speaks openly and honestly with guests about their illness

In addition, Patrick took frequent advantage of addiction groups and programs offered by various downtown Lafayette churches, all within short walking distance of the LUM shelter.

In the past year, 704 individuals came to the LUM Emergency Shelter. Each stayed an average of 12 nights – 8,448 overnight stays. In addition, LUM provided an overnight warming station, ensuring that nobody was stranded overnight on the streets of our community without a place to be safe and warm during the harsh winter months. An additional 584 overnight stays took place at the LUM Winter Warming Station.

There is no one-size-fits-all solution for the varied and complex problems facing our chronically homeless guests. Addiction, mental illness, poor life choices and emotional and physical disabilities are never easy to overcome. But with skill, perseverance and dedication, LUM staff members are often successful in helping our guests move off the streets into more self-sufficient living environments.

Please, won’t you support this important work with your dollars?

Your gift of $50, $100, $250, $500, or $1,000 will help the LUM Emergency Shelter provide addiction services and provide our homeless guests with the support they need to leave our shelter for a home of their own.

With money that Patrick was able to save from a brand new job at a local restaurant – and with a dollar-for-dollar match provided him by LUM – he was recently able to move out of the LUM Emergency Shelter and into a home of his own.

Patrick continues to attend daily NA or AA meetings and is proud that he has now been drug and alcohol free for seven months. He finds comfort and joy from being more active in his church and is grateful for everyone in his life who is helping him on his road to recovery.

In other words, Patrick Renfroe is grateful for YOU!

I hope you are as excited as I am about the positive changes that, together, we are making possible in the lives of those we serve. Lafayette Urban Ministry is providing more than just a well-run, safe and secure shelter for homeless individuals. We are providing the support, encouragement and tools our homeless guests need in their struggle with addiction. We are helping them to live more independent, self-sufficient lives. Please, won’t you join me today in making a generous financial gift to the Lafayette Urban Ministry Emergency Shelter?


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Spotlight on Volunteers – A Vital Part of LUM


Meet Adelia – LUM Superstar Volunteer

Adelia Sorge started participating in the LUM Spanish Conversation Tables in 2015 and soon after started volunteering with the LUM Immigration Clinic. She has been volunteering with LUM ever since.

Adelia grew up in Oakwood, Ohio. She and her husband, Dennis now live in West Lafayette. Adelia earned her BA in Psychology with a comprehensive in language from Manchester University as well as two Master’s degrees in Child Development and Counseling, both from Purdue University. Adelia retired as a Purdue Krannert School of Management academic advisor. Dennis, who is a past president of the LUM Board of Directors, is retired as the Director of Academic Research & Services and K-12 Outreach for the Purdue College of Science. Adelia & Dennis are active members of St. John’s Episcopal Church and have three grown children, all of whom graduated from Purdue, and eight grandchildren, two who are currently enrolled at Purdue.


With the LUM Immigration Clinic, Adelia volunteers weekly and has been willing to assist in any task big or small. Recently she assisted a client, Luis Urbano, in preparing for his citizenship test. Luis attended a series of LUM Citizenship Classes but needed more one-on-one tutoring. Adelia and Luis met often and worked diligently. In July 2018, Luis became a US Citizen, and Adelia shared that she was humbled to be a part of his journey.

“I was attracted to LUM because of the Immigration Clinic. The process is difficult and confusing and I enjoy being able to help families get through it.”

Adelia encourages others to take the initiative to volunteer with LUM.

“You will not regret it. You’ll be helping whether it be with a financial crisis or issues with the immigration process. Each day at LUM, I am inspired by the clients. It is nice to be a part of something positive when there are so many negative things happening in the world.”

In addition to LUM, Adelia also volunteers with groups that focus on supporting reading proficiency, literacy, voting & voter registration, diversity, immigration and gender issues. LUM is blessed to have Adelia Sorge as regular volunteer.

{Pictured above: Adelia & Luis Urbano.}


For more information about the LUM Immigration Clinic, click HERE; or email or call Susan Brouillette (sbrouillette@lumserve.org | 765-423-2691).


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We’re Almost Out! (Of Paper Towels, that is.)



The LUM Emergency Shelter and Youth Programs rely on gifts from the community and our LUM friends. Currently there is an urgent need for Paper Towels.

Please help by making a monetary donation to LUM or purchasing Paper Towels for LUM. You may ship or drop them off to the LUM Office (420 N 4th Street, Lafayette, IN 47901), Monday-Friday, 8:15 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Cash donations are preferred because they allow LUM to purchased what is needed, when it’s needed, but donations of “needed items” are also appreciated. This holiday season please consider asking your party guests to bring items for LUM instead of doing a gift exchange — and make a donation as a group.
Items on the wish list are listed by “need” and also by program (Shelter, After School Program, Thanksgiving Dinner, Jubilee Christmas, Food Pantry, etc.). Thank you.
To view our entire WISH LIST, click HERE.

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LUM Immigration Clinic Client Becomes US Citizen


Luis Urbano Completes His Pathway to Citizenship

Recently, another LUM Immigration Clinic client became a US citizen — Luis Urbano.

Luis first came to LUM for help in preparing his income taxes. When he discovered that LUM also offered assistance with immigration issues, he set up a meeting with the LUM Immigration Clinic for advice and assistance with the status of his children. Eventually, Luis, who is originally from Peru, decided to start his own process to become a US citizen. He attended the LUM Citizenship Classes and was tutored by LUM volunteer, Adelia Sorge, for several months.

LUM is thrilled to announce that on July 7 at a naturalization ceremony at the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services Field Office in Indianapolis, Luis Urbano was sworn in as a US citizen with his family in attendance. All of his hard work and the assistance from LUM has paid off.

{Pictured above L to R: Betty Urbano, Luis’s sister; Luis Urbano; Alex Urbano, Luis’s son; Claudia Urbano, Luis’s daughter; and Maggie Urbano, Alex’s wife/Luis’s daughter-in-law.}

Currently, Susan Brouillette, LUM Immigration Clinic director, is working with individuals who hope to become US citizens soon.


For more information about the LUM Immigration Clinic, click HERE; or email or call Susan Brouillette (sbrouillette@lumserve.org | 765-423-2691).


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Thanks & Best Wishes to LUM Spring Interns


LUM Interns – Valuable Resource to LUM


Special THANK YOU to all of the LUM Interns for their valuable contributions this past Spring semester. Best wishes to all of our interns.

Interns allow LUM to serve our students, clients and guests with increased efficiency and innovation.

Thanks also to Ivy Tech Community College, Purdue University and the IU School of Social Work for trusting LUM with the education and supervision of their talented intern students.

LUM Board Honors Individuals for Saving a Life


Police Officers, EMTs & LUM Shelter Staff Honored

At the monthly business meeting of the Board of Directors of Lafayette Urban Ministry last night, the Board presented Certificates of Appreciation to two Lafayette Police Department officers, two Tippecanoe Emergency Ambulance Service EMTs, a LUM Security Staff member and the LUM Shelter Director.

They were recognized for their efforts on the evening of January 2, 2018, when they responded to an emergency and worked as a team to save a life. If it were not for these six professionals, this individual-in-distress most certainly would not have survived.

Certificates were presented by LUM Board president, Mark Thomas, and LUM executive director, Joe Micon, to the following individuals (Pictured above L to R):

  • David Heckert
    Emergency Shelter director
    Lafayette Urban Ministry
  • Tyler Finney
    EMT/Paramedic
    Tippecanoe Emergency Ambulance Service
  • Connie Kepner Davis
    Shelter Security Staff member
    Lafayette Urban Ministry
  • Officer Shea Saxton
    Lafayette Police Department
  • Valerie Shepard
    EMT Basic
    Tippecanoe Emergency Ambulance Service
  • Officer Dustin Rusk
    Lafayette Police Department

Everyone in attendance including the LUM Board of Directors gave them a sincere and rousing thank you for this life saving act as well as for all that Lafayette Police officers, Tippecanoe Emergency Ambulance Service EMTs & LUM Security Staff members do every day to keep our community and its citizens safe.


The Certificates of Appreciation read:

For your Dedicated Service to the Community,
Passion for the Safety of our Community Members &
Commitment to Working Collaboratively;
For Making a Difference & Going the Extra Mile
by saving a LUM Shelter guest from freezing to death on January 2, 2018.


To view more PHOTOS from the Ceremony at the LUM Board Meeting, click HERE.

Meet the LUM Interns – Spring 2018


Rhyannon Barrett
Originally from Sweet Home, Oregon, Rhyannon now lives in Lafayette.

She is matriculating toward an Associates Degree in Human Services from Ivy Tech Community College. She will graduate in May 2018 and plans to pursue an advanced degree in Social Work.

As an intern at LUM, Rhyannon is working with the Good Samaritan Program & Emergency Shelter.


Kaitlyn Hettinger
Kaitlyn grew up and still lives in Lafayette.

She is matriculating toward an Associates Degree in Human Services from Ivy Tech Community College. Kaitlyn will graduate in December 2018 and plans to pursue an advanced degree in Social Work.

As an intern at LUM, Kaitlyn is working with the After School Program.


Erice Perez
Originally from Avon, Erice now lives in West Lafayette.

She is matriculating toward a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science & Public Relations from Purdue University, West Lafayette. Erice will graduate in May 2018 and is planning on working for a non profit in the field of PR, with eventual plans to get a degree in law.

As the Klinker-Alting Intern at LUM, Erice is working with the Campaign for Hoosier Families.


Saedie Spikes
Originally from Fowler, Saedie now lives in Lafayette.

She earned an Associates Degree in Human Services from Ivy Tech Community College and is matriculating toward a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Indiana University – Purdue University in Indianapolis. Saedie will graduate from IUPUI in May 2018 and plans to pursue an advanced degree in Social Work.

As an intern at LUM, Saedie is working with the After School Program.