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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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LUM Emergency Shelter – During a Crisis


A Letter from Wes Tillett, LUM Executive Director

Do you remember where you were on the night of Monday, March 23,when “Stay Home, Stay Safe” was ordered for the State of Indiana? 

I was home, safe and warm, playing board games with my wife and kids. Logan Smith (not his real name) was lining up in the frigid 37 degree temperatures to get inside the LUM Emergency Shelter. For Logan and many other people in Tippecanoe County who had no place to call home, “Stay Home, Stay Safe” was frighteningly unrealistic.   

  • How does one stay home and safe with no place to call home?
  • How does one regularly wash one’s hands without access to a sink?
  • How does one wear a mask when one doesn’t have one?  

LUM was there for Loganon March 23 — and every night since, providing a place to temporarily call home and stay safe. LUM understood that the risk of COVID-19 to the homeless population was not just a health concern for individuals experiencing homelessness themselves but, due to the highly contagious nature of coronavirus, a risk to broader public health as well.

I am grateful that Logan had somewhere to go on March 23 to stay safe from the cold, and stay safe from coronavirus. There are brighter days ahead for Logan and for all of us. We may have several more months of difficulty before we get there. God will give Logan and all of us strength to persevere.  

Please, will you make a generous financial gift to the Lafayette Urban Ministry Emergency Shelter, so that we can continue to offer people like Logan a warm, safe and caring place to shelter in these pandemic times?

With appreciation,

Wes Tillett, LUM Executive Director


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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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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.
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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