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LUM Awarded $10,000 from CARES Act

Lafayette Urban Ministry has also been awarded a $10,000 grant made possible by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

This money is designated to provide emergency shelter for individuals experiencing homelessness including shelter operating costs, expansion of shelter and essential services for shelter guests and their families.

This award will ensure that the LUM Emergency Shelter may still operate during this crisis and provide support to those trying to avoid or transition out of homelessness.


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LUM Awarded $13,679 in Federal Support


Lafayette Urban Ministry has recently been awarded $13,679 in Phase 37 Emergency Food and Shelter Program funding.

EFSP is a program of the federal government designed to quickly provide emergency relief to those in our nation with critical housing and shelter needs.

This award will have a tremendous positive impact on LUM’s ability to assist families with critical housing expenses through the LUM Good Samaritan Fund and to offer emergency housing to individuals in transition at the LUM Emergency Shelter.


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Urgent Need – Overnight Shelter Volunteers


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The LUM Emergency Shelter needs Overnight Shelter Volunteers 365 nights a year from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. or 8 p.m. to midnight. Duties include checking in guests, serving dinner, distributing toiletries and maintaining a welcoming, safe & clean environment. Must be at least 18 years old. Volunteers must attend a Shelter Training Session, offered every Monday at 6:30 p.m.

MEALS Are Needed, Too — If you or your group wishes to prepare a meal, click HERE.


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LUM Needs You! Here are the CURRENT LUM Volunteer Needs:

There are many different opportunities for volunteering, from working one-on-one with a child to helping run the homeless shelter. Also, there are opportunities to fit every schedule, from regular long-term commitments to one time work with an event. Some volunteer positions require training while others require only a willing heart and a helping hand.

READ BELOW for more detailed information on current volunteer opportunities.

To view all LUM Volunteer Opportunities, click HERE.


LUM Events

Sign up online to volunteer at LUM Events like LUM Follies, Hunger Hike, Port of Hope, Thanksgiving Celebration, Turkey Trot 5K & Jubilee Christmas. Online Volunteer Sign Up Sheets, click HERE.


Group Opportunities

If your group would like to volunteer with LUM, sign up for a LUM Event online — or please email or call for more information (lum@lumserve.org | 765.423.2691).


Volunteer Opportunities

  • To view all LUM Volunteer Opportunities, click HERE.
  • SIGN UP ONLINE — Sign up to volunteer with LUM online. It’s quick & easy and you’ll get email reminders.

Many more Volunteer Opportunities may be found HERE.


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Prepare a Meal for the LUM Shelter Guests


Individuals, Families, Churches & Companies

If you, your church, your company or your family wish to Prepare a Meal for the LUM Emergency Shelter, your options are as follows:

  • Prepare Serve | Prepare Drop-off
  • Donate the Cost of Meal
  • Donate Food for a Meal

Meals are needed on May 14, May 26 and several dates in June (9, 15, 19, 20, 29 & 30). For more information on preparing shelter meals and to SIGN UP ONLINE, click HERE.


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Social Distancing – Shelter Staff Meeting


Emergency Shelter Staff – Zoom Meeting

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.

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 LUM executive director, Wes Tillett. The meeting was upbeat, collaborative and productive (pictured). The staff members left the meeting better prepared for another night at the LUM Emergency Shelter.


The LUM Protein Food Pantry remains open with strict protocols to keep everyone safe. The LUM Good Samaritan Program (emergency financial assistance) and Immigration Clinic are serving clients using online forms, email and the phone.

Please remember LUM during this difficult time. Your gifts of cash donations ($5, $10, $50, $100 or $500), needed items (cleaning supplies, food pantry items & shelter meals), and time (volunteer at the shelter or food pantry) are GREATLY appreciated and needed.

Donate $$ | Donate Needed Items | Volunteer | Prepare a Shelter Meal

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MEALS Prepared for LUM Shelter Guests


Individuals, Families, Churches & Companies

LUM is thankful for everyone who has prepared a meal for the guests in the Emergency Shelter during this crisis. This week, the pastor of Grace Lutheran Church, the Rev. Daniel Eggold, and his son delivered the shelter meal (pictured). 

THANK YOU to all of the families, churches and groups that provided meals these past few weeks including Central Catholic School, the Chapel of the Good Shepherd, Cook Research-Medical, Elmwood Church of Christ, Federated, Grace Lutheran, Knights of Columbus, St. Alexis Orthodox, St. Andrew United Methodist, and St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Center.

If you, your church, your company or your family wishes to Prepare a Meal for the LUM Emergency Shelter, your options are as follows:

  • Prepare Serve | Prepare Drop-off
  • Donate the Cost of Meal
  • Donate Food for a Meal

For more information on preparing shelter meals and to sign up online, click HERE.


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Grace Lutheran Provides Brown Bag Shelter Meals


When the Indiana Stay-At-Home Order started, several groups canceled their shelter meals. That’s when the members of Grace Lutheran Church (Lafayette) stepped up and began providing “brown bag” dinners to fill in the gaps. Their generosity has guaranteed that our shelter guests have had a meal each night. This is the kind of creativity and support that was needed to get through the first phase of the COVID-19 crisis.

If you, your church, your company or your family wishes to Prepare a Meal for the LUM Emergency Shelter, your options are as follows:

  • Prepare & Serve | Prepare & Drop-off
  • Donate the Cost of Meal
  • Donate Food for a Meal

For more information on preparing shelter meals and to sign up online, click HERE.

THANK YOU to all of the families, churches and groups that provided meals these past few weeks.


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Social Distancing – Shelter Intake

Emergency Shelter Intake Using Social Distancing

Below is another example of the creativity and commitment being shown during the COVID-19 crisis. Dave Heckert, LUM Emergency Shelter director, signs up individuals for the homeless shelter using the glass-enclosed-foyer of the LUM Office building to protect the guests and himself.


The LUM Emergency Shelter and Protein Food Pantry remain open with strict protocols to keep everyone safe. The LUM Good Samaritan Program (emergency financial assistance) and Immigration Clinic are serving clients using online forms, email and the phone.

Please remember LUM during this difficult time. Your gifts of cash donations ($5, $10, $50, $100 or $500), needed items (cleaning supplies, food pantry items & shelter meals), and time (volunteer at the shelter or food pantry) are GREATLY appreciated and needed.

Donate $$ | Donate Needed Items | Volunteer | Prepare a Shelter Meal

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LUM Emergency Shelter to Benefit from Grants


Twin Cities Recommend $21,290 to LUM

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Lafayette Urban Ministry has recently been recommended for two significant Community Development Block Grants from both the City of Lafayette & the City of West Lafayette.

LUM will be awarded $14,846 from Lafayette and $6,444 from West Lafayette — totaling $21,290.

Picture1CDBG is an important resource for local governments in their efforts to provide both transitional and permanent housing, as well as supportive services, to families and individuals experiencing homelessness. This grant money will be used to support our homeless clients.

Thanks to David Heckert, LUM Emergency Shelter director, for his work on these grants.


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Hot Needs – LUM Volunteer Opportunities – Meals Needed


MEALS NEEDED – Emergency Shelter


Each night of the year, a simple meal is needed for the guests in the LUM Emergency Shelter. Open dates are as follows:

  • Monday, February 3; Tuesday, February 4; Wednesday, February 5
  • Tuesday, February 11 & Wednesday, February 12
  • Friday, February 14 (Valentine’s Day) & Saturday, February 15
  • Thursday, February 20, Friday, February 21 & Saturday, February 22
  • Wednesday, February 26
  • Friday, February 28 & Saturday, February 29 (Leap Day)

Prepare enough soup, stew or chili for 44 people. No side dishes or desserts are needed. Drinks are optional. To sign up & for more information, click the button below.


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