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Double Your Donation – Only Until Monday


Klemme $3,600 Match Ends Monday (11/30)


There are only four more days to take advantage of this amazing opportunity to DOUBLE your DONATION to Lafayette Urban Ministry.

Your gift will support families, children and those experiencing homelessness right here in your community through LUM programs and services.
During the month of November ONLY — Neil Klemme State Farm Insurance has agreed to match donations up to $3,600.

Click the Double your Donation button below and your gift — and your impact — will be doubled. Join us in thanking Neil Klemme & State Farm Insurance for making this possible. Please share this with others.

Join us in thanking Neil Klemme & State Farm Insurance for making this possible.

This is an exciting partnership because Neil Klemme State Farm Insurance Agency is a local business. LUM is fortunate and grateful to have this support from Neil Klemme State Farm Insurance Agency.

Double Your Donation – NOW through Nov. 30


NOW through November 30
Neil Klemme Insurance Agency will Match your Donation


Don’t miss this unique opportunity to DOUBLE your DONATION to Lafayette Urban Ministry. Support the LUM programs and services offered to local families & children during the month of November — and Neil Klemme State Farm Insurance will match donations up to $3,600.

Click the “Klemme Match” button below and your gift — and your impact — will be doubled.

Join us in thanking Neil Klemme & State Farm Insurance for making this possible.

This is an exciting partnership because Neil Klemme State Farm Insurance Agency is a local business. LUM is fortunate and grateful to have this support from Neil Klemme State Farm Insurance Agency.

DOUBLE your DONATION to LUM


NOW through November 30
Neil Klemme State Farm $3,600 Match


For the entire month of November, the Neil Klemme State Farm Insurance Agency of West Lafayette is offering a “$3,600 Match Donation” in support of LUM. 

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to DOUBLE your DONATION to Lafayette Urban Ministry. Support the LUM programs and services offered to local families & children during the month of November — and Neil Klemme State Farm Insurance will match donations up to $3,600.

Click the “Klemme Match” button below and your gift — and your impact — will be doubled. Join us in thanking Neil Klemme & State Farm Insurance for making this possible.

This is an exciting partnership because Neil Klemme State Farm Insurance Agency is a local business. LUM is fortunate and grateful to have this support from Neil Klemme State Farm Insurance Agency.

Neil Klemme Insurance $3,600 Match Program


NOW through November 30
Neil Klemme Insurance Agency will Match your Donation


For the entire month of November, the Neil Klemme State Farm Insurance Agency of West Lafayette is offering a “$3,600 Match Donation” in support of LUM. 

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to DOUBLE your DONATION to Lafayette Urban Ministry. Support the LUM programs and services offered to local families & children during the month of November — and Neil Klemme State Farm Insurance will match donations up to $3,600.

Click the “Klemme Match” button below and your gift — and your impact — will be doubled. Join us in thanking Neil Klemme & State Farm Insurance for making this possible.

This is an exciting partnership because Neil Klemme State Farm Insurance Agency is a local business. LUM is fortunate and grateful to have this support from Neil Klemme State Farm Insurance Agency.

Neil Klemme Insurance $3,600 Match Program

$3,600 Match – Entire Month of November

For the entire month of November, the Neil Klemme State Farm Insurance Agency of West Lafayette is offering a “$3,600 Match Donation” in support of LUM. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to “double your donation” to LUM and increase your impact on strengthening local families thanks to the generosity of Neil Klemme Insurance Agency.

It’s simple — click the “Klemme Match” button from November 1 through November 30, make a donation, and the Neil Klemme Insurance Agency will match donations up to $3,600.

This is an exciting partnership because Neil Klemme State Farm Insurance Agency is a local business. LUM is fortunate and grateful to have this support from Neil Klemme State Farm Insurance Agency.


November 1 through November 30
Neil Klemme Insurance Agency will Match your Donation to LUM

Holder Bedding Match Donation

 

 

Neil Klemme Insurance $3,000 Match Donation

 


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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Meet Briton – New LUM Shelter Director


Briton Weise, LUM Emergency Shelter Director

Briton M. Weise is the new program director for LUM Homeless Services. He is responsible for the LUM Emergency Shelter and the Winter Warming Station.

Briton grew up in Otterbein, Indiana, and married his high school sweetheart, Kendyl. Kendyl is the guidance director at Central Catholic High School (Lafayette), and they now live in Lafayette with their nine-month-old son, Bowen. They are members of Covenant Church (West Lafayette), and Briton is active with the music ministry. A graduate of Benton Central High School (Otterbein), Briton earned a bachelor’s degree from Taylor University (Upland) in Christian Education and anticipates finishing his Master’s in Organizational Leadership from Indiana Wesleyan University this fall. 

Briton finds inspiration in his faith, especially this Bible passage from the Lord to Zechariah:

You must do what is right and fair.
You must be kind and show mercy to each other.
Don’t hurt widows and orphans, strangers, or poor people.
Don’t even think of doing bad things to each other!


Prior to LUM, Briton coordinated agency relations and community outreach for the local food bank, including overseeing the partner agency program and backpack program. He also has experience as a youth minister and an adult education and ESL teacher.

He is excited to be a part of the team at Lafayette Urban Ministry, Briton has a passion for helping people and leading others to do the same. So far has at LUM, he has enjoyed being able to “bring love to bear toward our neighbors in tangible and meaningful ways.” For fun, Briton enjoys spending time with his family, playing his guitar, reading and woodworking.

LUM is fortunate to have Briton Weise join the LUM staff. Please join us in welcoming him to the LUM team.


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New Socks for LUM Clients, Guests & Children


One Purchased = One Donated

This past week, LUM has been distributing five new pairs of socks to each guest in the LUM Emergency Shelter and each child enrolled in the 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program. {Pictured is Lailyn AKA Lai Lai, a LUM student excited about her new socks.}

This generous in-kind donation comes from Bombas, a company founded on the philosophy of donating socks to those in need. For every pair they sell, they donate a pair. To date, Bombas has donated close to 40 million socks across the US. LUM is fortunate to be one of their partner agencies. It is such a blessing to our guests and children, who do not often get new clothes. 

Thanks to Bombas for the support, especially during these difficult times.

COVID-19 – Back On Track LUM


Open for Business with New Protocols

LUM is open for business, but “how” LUM serves the families in our community has been modified again this week to keep pace with the Back on Track Indiana timeline. A summary of LUM services offered during LUM Phase 4 are as follows:

LUM staff members attended mandatory COVID- 19 training last Wednesday (pictured). The LUM Office is closed to drop-in visitors, but starting this week, clients may be seen by appointment, if they cannot get assistance remotely. Clients (with appointments), staff & volunteers must wear a mask, wash their hands and get their temperature taken before entering. Anyone who is sick, or has COVID-19 warning signs or symptoms will be not allowed to enter. LUM assistance is being offered to local families & children remotely whenever possible using online forms, email and phone calls.

  • For more details on the LUM COVID-19 Response, click HERE
  • Donate Needed COVID-19 Supplies, click HERE

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