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Donations of NEEDED ITEMS for LUM Shelter


COVID-19 Supplies – High Demand, Urgent Need

The LUM Emergency Shelter is open with a strict protocol for intake, check in, food service, and sleeping arrangements, which requires cleaning supplies, bleach, soap, masks, gloves, and specialized equipment such as thermometers and portable sinks. LUM is thankful for the support of individuals, families, groups and churches.

Most recently, the Greater Lafayette Chinese Alliance Church, West Lafayette, donated 200 medical masks (pictured) and the Innovation Church, Lafayette, donated toilet paper and has scheduled a “cleaning supplies” drive. If you, your church, your company or your family wishes to make a cash donation or a donation of “needed items” to the LUM Emergency Shelter, click HERETHANK YOU to all of the families, churches and groups that given their love and support to the LUM Emergency Shelter these past few weeks.

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


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Meet Brandyn – Superstar LUM Volunteer


Brandyn Stack – LUM Shelter Volunteer

Brandyn Stack grew up in Mahomet, Illinois and earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Southern Illinois University. He currently lives in Lafayette with his son, Aaron (13), and their two dogs, Molly & Chelsea; and they are members of Faith Church – East in Lafayette. Brandyn works for RFA Engineering as a consultant at Caterpillar Lafayette.

At LUM, Brandyn has been volunteering with the LUM Emergency Shelter. Two years ago, while working through a difficult time for his family, Brandyn decided to “start living a Christian life once again and love and serve God.” The LUM Emergency Shelter fit his schedule and served a clientele that excited him. Brandyn soon found opportunities through his church and other agencies where he could offer his time as well as build a rapport with individuals in need. He shared that, 

“There are times when I get to sit down and talk with folks and have a positive impact on them — and even sometimes bring them to Christ.”

Brandyn has been particularly helpful during the COVID-19 crisis and Indiana Stay-At-Home Order. When the LUM Emergency Shelter was losing volunteers, Brandyn stepped up and volunteered even more — and brought his own P95 mask for protection. Dave Heckert, the LUM Emergency Shelter director, stated, “It means so much to the shelter staff when he shows up to volunteer. Brandyn has been such a blessing to LUM as well as to the community at large.”
Brandyn shared that, 

“No one should have to sleep outside. It gives me joy to get to know each individual, humbling to hear what they’re going through, and inspiring to know that they are on a path of recovery and forgiveness. I am happy to do a little of God’s good work by helping individuals experiencing homelessness.” 

In his free time, Brandyn loves spending time with his son, Aaron. They enjoy playing advanced board games, boating, watching movies, attending live concerts —and of course volunteering at LUM together. LUM and the guests at the shelter are fortunate to have someone like Brandyn as a part of the team.


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Portable Sinks Donated to LUM Shelter

Local Family Donates Much Needed Equipment

Deb & Tom Parent recently purchased to two portable sinks for Lafayette Urban Ministry. The portable sinks will be used by individuals signing up for and checking into the LUM Emergency Shelter, who will be required to wash their hands before entering. During the COVID-19 threat, the sinks will be placed outside of LUM Emergency Shelter & Office. 

Thank you to the Parent Family for their generous gift.
Here are a few ways you, your organization and your business can support and invest in Lafayette Urban Ministry & Emergency Shelter.

  • CASH DONATIONS are preferred because they allow LUM to purchase what is needed, when it’s needed. To give online, go to lumserve.org/donate/.
  • SHELTER MEALS — Prepare a meal for the guests at the LUM Emergency Shelter. For more information and to sign up, go to lumserve.org/shelter-meal/. You may…
  • PREPARE & SERVE meals –OR–
  • DROP OFF prepared meals (No contact drop off is possible) –OR–
  • DONATE FOOD for meals that the LUM staff can prepare. (No contact drop off is possible.) Items needed are bread, deli meats, and large cans of soup, stew & chili
  • COVID-19 NEEDED ITEMS — You may either ship or drop off items. No contact drop off is possible. Supplies urgently needed are as follows:
  • Disinfectant (for surfaces) – bleach, wipes (Lysol, Clorox), spray (Lysol), cleaner (Fantasik, 409, Clorox)
  • Hand Cleaning – antibacterial wipes, gloves (nitrile disposable), hand sanitizer, liquid hand soap
  • Paper Products – paper towels, facial tissues, toilet paper

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LUM Shelter Director Joins Panel at Purdue

Economic Justice – Martin Luther King Day 2020

Dave Heckerd, LUM Emergency Shelter director, participated in a panel discussion entitled, Pursuing Economic & Social Justice, for the Martin Luther King 2020 Celebration at Purdue University. The event was sponsored by the Colleges of Agriculture and Health & Human Services. The panel included other local nonprofit professionals who work with food assistance, homeless services and family support; and was moderated by Dr. Timothy Bond, associate professor of Economics in the Purdue Krannert School of Business. LUM wishes to thank Dr. Shalyse Iseminger and the sponsoring Colleges for including Dave Heckert is such an important discussion. If your class or group wishes to engage one of the LUM staff members in your programs, please email or call to make arrangements (765-423-2691 | lum@lumserve.org).

LUM Staff Tour New Engagement Center

Important Partnership Focused on Homelessness

With the opening of the community’s new Engagement Center (815 N 12th St, Lafayette), there are opportunities to improve how individuals experiencing homelessness receive assistance and services. Communication between LUM & LTHC Homeless Services will continue to be vital in creating a supportive and caring community.

Last week, the LUM staff met with LTHC staff at their new Engagement Center for a tour and discussion about new ways to collaborate. The meeting was positive, informative, and constructive. New procedures have been instituted that enhance the services offered by both LUM and LTHC Homeless Services and further the missions of both. Attending the meeting (pictured L to R) were Dave Heckert, LUM Emergency Shelter director; Pablo Malavenda, executive program director; Jennifer Shook, LTHC Homeless Services development director; Linda Hicks, LUM Good Samaritan Program director; Jennifer Layton, LTHC Homeless Services executive director; and Joe Micon, LUM executive director.

This is a new beginning, which will only strengthen this important partnership. LUM appreciates the support and hospitality from our friends at LTHC Homeless Services.

4 Ways You Can Help the LUM Emergency Shelter

LUM Emergency Shelter Needs You!

Four Ways YOU can help the LUM Emergency Shelter are as follows:

  • Make a Monetary DONATION, click HERE
  • Sign up to VOLUNTEER, click HERE
  • Donate Needed ITEMS, click HERE
  • Prepare a MEAL for LUM Shelter Guests, click HERE

Currently there are openings for Overnight Shelter Volunteers. Volunteers are needed 365 nights a year from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. or 8 p.m. to midnight. Duties include check-in, serve dinner, and distribute toiletries. Volunteers must be able to maintain confidentiality, interact with a variety of people, be at least 18 years old, and attend one Shelter Training Session. Training sessions are offered every Monday night at 6:30 p.m. (no need to register for training).

If you’re interested or need more information, click HERE — or email or call David Heckert (dheckert@lumserve.org | 765-423-2691).


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LUM Shelter Benefits from NCHS Grant

North Central Health Services Awards $963 to LUM

North Central Health Services recently awarded the LUM Emergency Shelter a grant in the amount of $963 to purchase equipment to launch a video program to address addiction.

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. With this grant money, LUM was able to launch a new, creative video series program to enhance the 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. 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.
Special thank you to NCHS for their support of Lafayette Urban Ministry and the Emergency Shelter. LUM would not have been able to offer this program without the support of NCHS and this grant.

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


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Emergency Shelter Needs Overnight Volunteers

Currently there are openings for Overnight Shelter Volunteers. Volunteers are needed 365 nights a year from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. or 8 p.m. to midnight. Duties include check-in, serve dinner, and distribute toiletries. Volunteers must be able to maintain confidentiality, interact with a variety of people, be at least 18 years old, and attend one Shelter Training Session. Training sessions are offered every Monday night at 6:30 p.m. (no need to register for training).

Four Ways YOU can help the LUM Emergency Shelter are as follows:

  • Make a Monetary Donation, click HERE
  • Sign up to Volunteer, click HERE
  • Donate Needed Items, click HERE
  • Prepare a Meal for LUM Shelter Guests, click HERE

If you’re interested or need more information, click HERE — or email or call David Heckert (dheckert@lumserve.org | 765-423-2691).

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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