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The “Grit” of LUM Homeless Services

A Letter from Wes Tillett, LUM Executive Director

“The seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, 
who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop.” – Jesus Christ (Luke 8:15) 


GRIT. It has become one of my favorite words in these pandemic years. Grit is all about resilience, perseverance, hanging in there come-what-may. Grit is essential for living life to the fullest.  

GRIT also inspires others. It is a common theme in my wife’s favorite movies, the ones “based on the inspiring true story of a person who overcomes impossible odds.” Grit is a common theme in all of my favorite stories at LUM – the real-life stories of the people who are diligently pushing their lives in a positive direction, often by overcoming impossible odds.

LUM would not be able to provide these services without the financial support of people such as you. Thank you. 

The LUM Emergency Shelter has been near capacity all summer long. With winter just around the corner and many people struggling financially in our community, the LUM Emergency Shelter is as essential as ever. 

Will you help us continue to serve those in our community who are experiencing homelessness?  Your gift of $50, $100, $250, $500, or $1,000 to the LUM Emergency Shelter will help LUM continue to provide help and hope to those experiencing homelessness.

It takes GRIT to live victoriously. And it takes grit to give generously. It’s a matter of seeing the need (“hear the word”), choosing to help meet that need (“retain it”), and taking action (“by persevering, produce a crop”).

Thank you in advance for the grace and grit you demonstrate by supporting the LUM Emergency Shelter.

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{To protect the privacy of this individual featured above, the name has been changed.}

Mission Moment – Jonathan’s Success Story

LUM Homeless Shelter Guest Gets Housed

Jonathan, a former LUM Emergency Shelter guest, epitomizes GRIT. His first overnight stay was back in 2019, and he’s been in and out for the past three years. Jonathan is not immune to some of the many problems that plague our guests: addiction, mental illness, unwise choices, emotional and physical disabilities, difficult pasts, tumultuous family situations, and simply bad luck. 

Recently Jonathan was able to secure long-term employment, which enabled him to utilize the LUM “Match Program.” As a part of this program, Jonathan paid $5 as “rent” each night he stayed at the shelter. When he was able to sign a lease for an apartment, LUM returned this “match” money plus matched it — dollar for dollar. He doubled his money to use toward his deposit and rent — and learned how to save and invest in his future. Jonathan is not alone. So far in 2022, 388 guests have utilized the LUM Emergency Shelter 7,387 times. In addition, 175 guests utilized the LUM Winter Warming Station 972 times (January-April). 

Because of supporters such as YOU, LUM was able to provide Jonathan and hundreds of others with a safe, warm, supportive overnight place to stay at a critical point in their life. With the help of LUM and many others, Jonathan is rebuilding his life, day by day. Tiny step by tiny step. Despite setbacks and hurdles. With resolute determination. With GRITJonathan possesses the grit needed to utilize the programs of LUM and obtain a brighter future.

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{To protect the privacy of this individual featured above, the name has been changed.}

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


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LUM relies on gifts from the community and our LUM friends. The LUM Shelter & Child Care are currently in need of Toilet Paper. Please help by making a monetary donation or by dropping off Toilet Paper as soon as you are able.

To make a monetary donation, go to lumserve.org/donate. If you wish to donate Toilet Paper, please drop it off at the LUM Office between 8:30 a.m.—4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday — or ship it to LUM via Amazon.

Thank you.

Purdue Delta Tau Delta Serve Shelter Meal


Delta Tau Delta Volunteer Yearlong at LUM

The members of the Gamma Lambda Chapter of Delta Tau Delta International Fraternity at Purdue recently prepared and served a meal for the guests at the LUM Emergency Shelter.

Delta Tau Delta fraternity volunteer at LUM yearlong at the Protein Food Pantry and with the After School Program, bring the holidays (Easter, Halloween & Christmas) to the LUM students, and raise funds for the LUM youth programs. They recently added the LUM Emergency Shelter to their service initiatives. LUM is grateful for the continuous support from Delta Tau Delta. They are a big help to our programs.


FOUR WAYS that YOU can Help the LUM Shelter

Would YOU or your GROUP like to support the LUM Emergency Shelter? Here are FOUR WAYS that 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

Your financial generosity is not only an act of hospitality toward those with no home of their own, but it is also an investment in the health and safety of the greater community. VOLUNTEERS are also needed each night of the year, and it is a meaningful and unique opportunity. If you’re interested or need more information, click HERE — or email or call Terri Anderson (volunteer@LUMserve.org | 765-423-2691).


4 Ways to Help the LUM Emergency Shelter

LUM Emergency Shelter Needs You!

Will you help us continue to serve individuals in our community who are experiencing homelessness?A gift to the LUM Emergency Shelter will help LUM continue to provide help and hope to those experiencing homelessness especially during this global health crisis and recent severe snow storm.

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

Your financial generosity is not only an act of hospitality toward those with no home of their own, but it is also an investment in the health and safety of the greater community. VOLUNTEERS are also needed each night of the year, and it is a meaningful and unique opportunity. If you’re interested or need more information, click HERE — or email or call Jeffrey Auguste (jauguste@LUMserve.org | 765-423-2691).


LUM Emergency Shelter Needs Bath Towels

towelsThe LUM Emergency Shelter needs bath towels. New, white, 100% cotton, bath-size towels are preferred. Please consider a gift of towels today.

Cash donations allow LUM to purchased what is needed, when it’s needed, but donations of “needed items” are also welcome and appreciated. This holiday season instead of a gift exchange consider asking your party guests to bring items for LUM — and make a donation as a group.


If you wish to donate items to LUM, check out the LUM wish list — click HERE.

Items on the wish list are listed by “need” and also by program (Shelter, After School Program, Thanksgiving Dinner, Jubilee Christmas, Food Pantry, etc.). You may either ship or drop off items to the LUM Office (420 N 4th Street, Lafayette, IN 47901) M-F, 8:15 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Please email or call us if you have any questions (lum@lumserve.org | 765-423-2691). And Thanks.


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4 Ways to Help the LUM Emergency Shelter

LUM Emergency Shelter Needs You!

Will you help us continue to serve those in our community who are experiencing homelessness? A gift to the LUM Emergency Shelter will help LUM continue to provide help and hope to those experiencing homelessness during this global health crisis.
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

Your financial generosity is not only an act of hospitality toward those with no home of their own, it is also an investment in the health and safety of the greater community. VOLUNTEERS are also needed each night of the year, and it is a meaningful and unique opportunity. If you’re interested or need more information, click HERE — or email or call Jeffrey Auguste (jauguste@LUMserve.org | 765-423-2691).

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


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LUM relies on gifts from the community and our LUM friends. The LUM Shelter & Child Care are currently in need of Toilet Paper. Please help by making a monetary donation or by dropping off Toilet Paper as soon as you are able.

To make a monetary donation, go to lumserve.org/donate. If you wish to donate Toilet Paper, please drop it off at the LUM Office between 8:30 a.m.—4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday — or ship it to LUM via Amazon.

Thank you.

4 Ways You Can Help the LUM Emergency Shelter

LUM Emergency Shelter Needs You!

Will you help us continue to serve those in our community who are experiencing homelessness? Your gift of $50, $100, $250, $500, or $1,000 to the LUM Emergency Shelter will help LUM continue to provide help and hope to those experiencing homelessness during this global health crisis.

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

Your financial generosity is not only an act of hospitality toward those with no home of their own, it is also an investment in the health and safety of the greater community. If you’re interested or need more information, click HERE — or email or call Briton Weise (bweise@lumserve.org | 765-423-2691).


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Offering Hospitality – EVERY Night Since 1984


LUM Emergency Shelter – the COVID-19 Response

Even before Indiana issued the Stay-At-Home order, LUM and other community agencies sprang into action to address the realities of the pandemic. Portable sinks were purchased, others were donated. Masks were hand-made and distributed free of charge. Extra protocols were put into effect, such as cleaning, sanitizing, taking nightly temperature checks, and practicing social distancing. And, as has been the case since it began in 1984, the LUM Emergency Shelter never missed a night of offering a safe, warm, secure place to those experiencing homelessness in our community.  

In the first eight months of 2020, LUM has provided over 5,500 overnight stays to 489 individuals, with four of those months in the midst of a global pandemic. All of the adaptation to COVID-19 realities has not been without cost. Additional cleaning supplies and equipment have been purchased and used. Volunteerism almost disappeared entirely during the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order. Additional paid staff hours have filled the volunteer gap. 

Nonetheless, LUM has continued to address the complex problems facing our guests who are chronically homeless. Addiction, mental illness, emotional and physical disabilities, and unwise choices — all exacerbated by the anxieties of the pandemic — have never been harder to overcome. But the LUM staff members, now led by the new LUM Emergency Shelter director, Briton Weise, have resiliently served our guests, helping the guests to see brighter future possibilities.


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