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LUM Shelter – CARES Act Grant $17,500

West Lafayette CDBG – CARES Act Grant

The LUM Emergency Shelter has recently been awarded a $17,500 grant from the City of West Lafayette through the Community Development Block Grant program made possible by the CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security). This money will cover the unique costs incurred by the LUM Emergency Shelter as a result of COVID-19.

This award will ensure that the LUM Emergency Shelter may continue to operate during this crisis and every night of the year, while providing support to those trying to avoid or transition out of homelessness.

This award will ensure that the LUM Emergency Shelter may continue to operate during this crisis while providing support to those trying to avoid or transition out of homelessness. The funding will make it easier for LUM to continue following and exceeding all of the recommended COVID-19 health & safety protocols. LUM is grateful for the continued support of and partnership with the City of West Lafayette.


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Winter Warming Station Adapts to Artic Blast


No One Will Be Turned Away – Hours Extended

Lafayette Urban Ministry has a shelter protocol for severely cold and snowy weather. LUM provides bus transportation from the local day shelter to the LUM Emergency Shelter and the LUM Winter Warming Station on evenings with dangerous wind-chill temperatures.

Due to severe weather conditions this week including an “arctic blast,” buses have been available to transport guests from the local day shelter to the LUM Emergency Shelter and Winter Warming Station.

Additionally, the Winter Warming Station has been opening at 9 p.m. (three hours earlier) on these nights. Outside the LUM Office, there is also a “clothes line” with free gloves, hats, scarves, socks, and hand & toe warmers (courtesy of Central Catholic High School – see story HERE).

Special thanks to partners at the day shelter and LUM shelter security staff members and volunteers, especially the bus drivers. If you, your company, church or family would like to help those experiencing homelessness in our community, donations are welcome. LUM also needs mealssupplies and volunteers.


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Important Events, Needs and Opportunities


Ways You Can Get Engaged with LUM

Row-A-Thon – Saturday, February 13 – Fundraiser sponsored by the Purdue Crew Team to raise money for the LUM Good Samaritan Program. More.

Chipotle Night – Tuesday, February 23, 5-9 p.m. – Dine at Chipotle (Lafayette) and the LUM Youth Program receives 30% of your purchase. More.


Meals Need – LUM Emergency Shelter – URGENT need for February meals. Dates available include: February 6, 9, 10, 14, 15, 17-23, 26 & 27. Sign up HERE.


Hiring – Shelter Security Staff – $15/hour – Part-time, 11-20 hours/week. Send resume with cover letter to Briton Weise, Emergency Shelter Director (bweise@lumserve.org). More.

Search – Immigration Clinic Director – Full time, Salaried, Benefits, Reporting to Executive Director. Resumes will be reviewed starting February 7. Start date as early as March 15. Send resume with cover letter to Wes Tillett, LUM Executive Director (careers@lumserve.org). More.

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Ways You Can Get Engaged with LUM

Meals Need – LUM Emergency Shelter – URGENT need for February meals. Dates available include: February 6, 9, 10, 14, 15, 17-23, 26 & 27. Sign up HERE.

Hiring – Shelter Security Staff – $15/hour – Part-time, 11-20 hours/week. Send resume with cover letter to Briton Weise, Emergency Shelter Director (bweise@lumserve.org). More.

Search – Immigration Clinic Director – Full time, Salaried, Benefits, Reporting to Executive Director. Resumes will be reviewed starting February 7. Start date as early as March 15. Send resume with cover letter to Wes Tillett, LUM Executive Director (careers@lumserve.org). More.

Row-A-Thon – Saturday, February 13 – Fundraiser sponsored by the Purdue Crew Team to raise money for the LUM Good Samaritan Program. More.

Chipotle Night – Tuesday, February 23, 5-9 p.m. – Dine at Chipotle (Lafayette) and the LUM Youth Program receives 30% of your purchase. More.

Volunteer Afternoon Receptionists Needed – Weekdays, Noon to 4:30 p.m. Interested individuals should email or call Monica (mcasanova@lumserve.org | 765-423-2691). More.

Hot Need – Shelter Meals Needed


MEALS NEEDED – Emergency Shelter


Each night of the year, a simple meal is needed for the guests in the LUM Emergency Shelter. There is an URGENT need for meals in February. Dates available include:

  • Saturday, February 6
  • Tuesday, February 9
  • Wednesday, February 10
  • February 14 & 15
  • February 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22 & 23
  • February 26 & 27

Sign up HERE. Prepare enough sandwiches or soup, stew or chili for 25 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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LUM is Hiring – Shelter Security Staff


Part-time | Potential Openings | Paid – $15 per Hour

LUM has a potential opening with the Security Staff with the LUM Emergency Shelter. Details are as follows:

Type: Part-time, paid
Hours: 11-20 hours per week
Shifts: 8 p.m. to midnight -or- midnight to 7 a.m.
Pay: $15.00 per hour
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 noncompliant; 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 Briton Weise, LUM Emergency Shelter Director (bweise@lumserve.org | 420 N 4th Street, Lafayette, IN 47901).

Meet Nancy – New LUM Business Office Clerk


Nancy L. Emig – LUM Clerk – Business Office

Nancy L. Emig is the new clerk, responsible for assisting the LUM business office and working directly with the Good Samaritan Program.

Nancy grew up in Valparaiso, graduated from Valparaiso High School, and lives in West Lafayette with her husband, Greg, daughter, Carly, and their three furry children (dogs), Zoey, Abbey & Bayley. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Purdue University in Supervision. Nancy enjoys being a mother, supporting her daughter’s activities, listening to music, traveling, golfing, watching Purdue sports and NFL games, loving her dogs, and helping her husband with their business venture/adventure. She is inspired by the quote,

As I look at my life, I would prefer to err on the side of GRACE rather than judgment,
To love too much rather than too little,
To believe in my sisters and brothers too much rather than not enough,
To believe the best and be wrong rather than believe the worst and be right.


Nancy started with LUM as a volunteer, serving more than five years, as an afternoon receptionist and with Jubilee Christmas, the Good Samaritan Program, and with her “reading” dog, Bayley, the After School Program. Nancy shared, 

I am here to serve and give back to the community that has welcomed and been so gracious to my family. I hope to bring the same joy, a smile or sense of peace to just one person, my day is fulfilled.

LUM is fortunate to have had Nancy Emig as a volunteer and is thrilled to have her join the LUM staff. Please join us in welcoming her in her new role with the LUM team.


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Become a Tax Assistance Program Volunteer


No Experience Necessary – Start in 2021


Make a difference in your community by becoming a LUM tax volunteer. Volunteers are needed from mid-January through April 2021 for the LUM Tax Assistance Program. No experience is necessary — and training is provided. You may even qualify for continuing education credits.

As a LUM tax assistance volunteer, you’ll join a program that’s helped millions of people file tax returns at no charge for more than 40 years. There are a number of volunteer roles available — click HERE to see descriptions. Due to COVID-19 protocols, more volunteers are needed. Some require accounting experience (tax preparer) but some do not (check in/greeter).

If you are interested or need more information please click HERE, or please call or email Josh Prokopy (765-423-2691 | jprokopy@lumserve.org).


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Electric Plus Donates $10,000 including Gift Cards


Generous Gifts to LUM This Holiday Season

The management at Electric Plus, headquartered in Indianapolis, decided to help agencies in the cities of their various offices, including the one in Lafayette. They also wanted to support local business. The employees donated $5,000 and Electric Plus matched that for a total of $10,000. Vince Aynes & Pat McCarthy recently presented LUM with a check for $5,700 plus $4,300 worth of gift cards from more than 15 local businesses. The LUM staff members have begun distributing the gift certificates to the families enrolled in the After School Program and guests in the Emergency Shelter and Winter Warming Station. LUM is grateful to the management and employees at Electric Plus, especially those in the Lafayette office, for selecting LUM as the recipient of this wonderful gift. It is such a blessing especially this time of year. {Pictured L to R: Vince Aynes; Nina Morgan, LUM Protein Food Pantry director, and Pat McCarthy.}

Grace Lutheran Church Donates Needed Items


Generous Gifts to LUM This Holiday Season


The members of Grace Lutheran Church collected and donated a truck-load of much “needed items” to Lafayette Urban Ministry. Some of the items will be used in the LUM Emergency Shelter and some will be distributed to the families served by the LUM Protein Food Pantry. LUM is very grateful to Grace Lutheran for their continued support of those served by LUM Programs including local families, children and individuals experiencing homelessness.