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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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Back On Track – Focused on Health & Safety

Open for Business with Strict Protocols

Through Memorial Day, LUM will continue to offer local families financial & food assistance, immigration services, and shelter for those experiencing homelessness.

On May 26, the LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program will begin with 45 students enrolled. Decisions about how LUM operates in June & July will be made in the next few weeks. Planning for LUM Camp is moving forward, with firm resolve that our 57-year tradition will continue in one form or another. Here are more details on how LUM continues to serve local families in our community today. 


LUM Office – 420 N 4th Street, Lafayette, IN

  • Phones are staffed from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Monday – Friday
  • No in-person visitors or clients are permitted
  • CDC & state guidelines will be followed and exceeded
  • Staff who are able to work from home will continue to do so
  • DONATIONS of COVID-19 Supplies accepted. To learn more and see our list of needed items, click HERE.

Assistance Programs


Food Programs –Protein Food Pantry (525 N 4th Street, Lafayette)

  • Open – Thursdays, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.; offering to-go, outside service only
  • Staff & volunteers must get temperature checked, wash hands (or disinfect), wear a mask before entering building; and must wear a mask and face shield when working with clients
  • CDC & state guidelines will be followed and exceeded
  • DONATIONS of protein food items, paper products, infant supplies & feminine hygiene products are needed and welcome. To learn more and see our list of needed items, click HERE.

Homeless Services – Emergency Shelter (525 N 4th Street, Lafayette, IN)

  • Guests, staff & volunteers must get temperature checked, wash hands (or disinfect) and wear masks before entering building
  • Staff & volunteers wear masks and face shields when working with guests
  • Social distancing during meal and while sleeping
  • CDC & state guidelines will be followed and exceeded
  • DONATIONS – Meals are needed every evening. Please consider preparing a meal for our shelter guests. To learn more and sign up online, please click HERE.

Youth Programs

  • 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program (May 26 – August 7)
  • Online applications being accepted
  • Staff & volunteers must get temperature checked, wash hands (or disinfect), wear masks, and wear masks and face shields when working with parents
  • Students must get temperature checked, wash hands (or disinfect) and must wear masks
  • CDC & state guidelines will be followed and exceeded
  • LUM Camp (July 28 – 31)
  • Online applications being accepted
  • CDC & state guidelines will be followed and exceeded
  • Volunteer Camp Counselors NEEDED – learn more & apply HERE

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Donations of NEEDED ITEMS for LUM Shelter


COVID-19 Supplies – High Demand, Urgent Need

The LUM Emergency Shelter is open with a strict protocol for intake, check in, food service, and sleeping arrangements, which requires cleaning supplies, bleach, soap, masks, gloves, and specialized equipment such as thermometers and portable sinks. LUM is thankful for the support of individuals, families, groups and churches.

Most recently, the Greater Lafayette Chinese Alliance Church, West Lafayette, donated 200 medical masks (pictured) and the Innovation Church, Lafayette, donated toilet paper and has scheduled a “cleaning supplies” drive. If you, your church, your company or your family wishes to make a cash donation or a donation of “needed items” to the LUM Emergency Shelter, click HERETHANK YOU to all of the families, churches and groups that given their love and support to the LUM Emergency Shelter these past few weeks.

If you with to donate NEEDED ITEMS to LUM, check out our “wishlist.” To view, click HERE.


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Meet Brandyn – Superstar LUM Volunteer


Brandyn Stack – LUM Shelter Volunteer

Brandyn Stack grew up in Mahomet, Illinois and earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Southern Illinois University. He currently lives in Lafayette with his son, Aaron (13), and their two dogs, Molly & Chelsea; and they are members of Faith Church – East in Lafayette. Brandyn works for RFA Engineering as a consultant at Caterpillar Lafayette.

At LUM, Brandyn has been volunteering with the LUM Emergency Shelter. Two years ago, while working through a difficult time for his family, Brandyn decided to “start living a Christian life once again and love and serve God.” The LUM Emergency Shelter fit his schedule and served a clientele that excited him. Brandyn soon found opportunities through his church and other agencies where he could offer his time as well as build a rapport with individuals in need. He shared that, 

“There are times when I get to sit down and talk with folks and have a positive impact on them — and even sometimes bring them to Christ.”

Brandyn has been particularly helpful during the COVID-19 crisis and Indiana Stay-At-Home Order. When the LUM Emergency Shelter was losing volunteers, Brandyn stepped up and volunteered even more — and brought his own P95 mask for protection. Dave Heckert, the LUM Emergency Shelter director, stated, “It means so much to the shelter staff when he shows up to volunteer. Brandyn has been such a blessing to LUM as well as to the community at large.”
Brandyn shared that, 

“No one should have to sleep outside. It gives me joy to get to know each individual, humbling to hear what they’re going through, and inspiring to know that they are on a path of recovery and forgiveness. I am happy to do a little of God’s good work by helping individuals experiencing homelessness.” 

In his free time, Brandyn loves spending time with his son, Aaron. They enjoy playing advanced board games, boating, watching movies, attending live concerts —and of course volunteering at LUM together. LUM and the guests at the shelter are fortunate to have someone like Brandyn as a part of the team.


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COVID-19 Response – Programs Information

LUM is Open for Business – Safety & Compliance

LUM is open for business, but “how” LUM serves the families in our community has been modified to keep everyone as safe as possible. Below is information on how LUM is continuing to serve the families in our community today. 

LUM Office – 420 N 4th Street, Lafayette, IN

  • Phones staffed from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Monday – Friday
  • No in-person visitors or clients allowed

Assistance Programs

Children’s Programs/Youth Programs

Food Programs – Protein Food Pantry (525 N 4th Street, Lafayette)

  • Open – Thursdays, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.; offering to-go, curbside service only
  • DONATIONS of protein food items, paper products, infant supplies & feminine hygiene products are needed and welcome. To learn more and see our list of needed items, click HERE.

Homeless Services

  • Emergency Shelter (525 N 4th Street, Lafayette, IN)
    • Open nightly, with a strict protocol for intake, check in, dinner service and sleeping arrangements
    • Intake – 1:30 p.m., LUM Office 420 N 4th Street, Lafayette
  • DONATIONS – Meals are needed every evening. Please consider preparing a meal for our shelter guests. To learn more and sign up online, please click HERE.
  • Winter Warming Station is closed until November 15, 2020 allowing staff to focus on the Emergency Shelter

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LUM Shelter Director Joins Panel at Purdue

Economic Justice – Martin Luther King Day 2020

Dave Heckerd, LUM Emergency Shelter director, participated in a panel discussion entitled, Pursuing Economic & Social Justice, for the Martin Luther King 2020 Celebration at Purdue University. The event was sponsored by the Colleges of Agriculture and Health & Human Services. The panel included other local nonprofit professionals who work with food assistance, homeless services and family support; and was moderated by Dr. Timothy Bond, associate professor of Economics in the Purdue Krannert School of Business. LUM wishes to thank Dr. Shalyse Iseminger and the sponsoring Colleges for including Dave Heckert is such an important discussion. If your class or group wishes to engage one of the LUM staff members in your programs, please email or call to make arrangements (765-423-2691 | lum@lumserve.org).

LUM Staff Tour New Engagement Center

Important Partnership Focused on Homelessness

With the opening of the community’s new Engagement Center (815 N 12th St, Lafayette), there are opportunities to improve how individuals experiencing homelessness receive assistance and services. Communication between LUM & LTHC Homeless Services will continue to be vital in creating a supportive and caring community.

Last week, the LUM staff met with LTHC staff at their new Engagement Center for a tour and discussion about new ways to collaborate. The meeting was positive, informative, and constructive. New procedures have been instituted that enhance the services offered by both LUM and LTHC Homeless Services and further the missions of both. Attending the meeting (pictured L to R) were Dave Heckert, LUM Emergency Shelter director; Pablo Malavenda, executive program director; Jennifer Shook, LTHC Homeless Services development director; Linda Hicks, LUM Good Samaritan Program director; Jennifer Layton, LTHC Homeless Services executive director; and Joe Micon, LUM executive director.

This is a new beginning, which will only strengthen this important partnership. LUM appreciates the support and hospitality from our friends at LTHC Homeless Services.

LUM Volunteer Opportunities – 2020

New Decade, Renewed Commitment to Serve

Immediate Openings — 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.

To view all LUM Volunteer Opportunities, click HERE.

¿Habla Español? Love Helping Others? Volunteer with LUM!

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Double Your Donation to LUM – Ends Saturday


This Match Program expired November 30 at midnight.
Thanks to Neil Klemme State Farm Insurance for making it possible.

During the month of November, take advantage of the Klemme Insurance $3,000 Match Program and double your donation to LUM, increasing your impact on strengthening local families thanks to the generosity of Neil Klemme State Farm Insurance Agency.

It’s simple — click the “Make A Donation” button below, make a donation by November 30, and Neil Klemme Insurance Agency will match all donations, up to $3,000.


PLUS — $10 Donation to LUM — for every insurance quote requested. You must be a new customer, email michael@neilklemme.com for an insurance quote, mention Lafayette Urban Ministry — and $10 will be donated to LUM!


All money will benefit local children & families through the LUM Jubilee Christmas program. Jubilee Christmas is aJubilee LOGO red special LUM program for families with children ages 12 and under. Families who participate in Jubilee Christmas are invited to a host site and are able to select new toys for their children. Families also receive some food items to make their Christmas dinner more special. This year, 617 local families are registered for Jubilee Christmas, impacting 1,766 children.


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


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