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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

Double Your Donation to LUM – Only 9 Days Left


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

Holder Bedding Match Donation

Neil Klemme Insurance $3,000 Match Donation


Neil Klemme Insurance $3,000 Match Program


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

Neil Klemme State Farm Insurance Agency of West Lafayette is offering a “$3,000 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 “Make A Donation” button, make a donation by November 30, and Neil Klemme Insurance Agency will match it up to $3,000.


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

Holder Bedding Match Donation

Neil Klemme Insurance $3,000 Match Donation


Neil Klemme State Farm Insurance Agency to Match Your LUM Donation


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

This year, Neil Klemme State Farm Insurance Agency is sponsoring the annual LUM “Match Program.”

Starting November 1, your donation to Lafayette Urban Ministry will be matched dollar-for-dollar. Neil Klemme has chosen the LUM Jubilee Christmas programs for this match program. Up to $23,000 donated during the month of November to Jubilee Christmas will be matched by Neil Klemme Insurance Agency.

Stay tuned for more information on the Neil Klemme Insurance $3,000 Match Program. Don’t miss your opportunity to double your donation to LUM during the month of November.

Polar Vortex: Impact on LUM Homeless Guests

LUM Severe Winter Weather Protocol

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, buses were available to transport guests from the local day shelter to the LUM Emergency Shelter and Winter Warming Station at 8:30 p.m. Additionally, the Winter Warming Station opened at 9 p.m. (three hours earlier) on these nights.

Special thanks to ALL of our LUM shelter volunteers especially our bus drivers.


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Emergency Shelter


Holder Bedding $2,500 Match Program


EXPIRED – November 30, 2018 at Midnight

Holder Bedding Matches Your Donations to LUM

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Holder Bedding Inc. of Lafayette is once again offering the “$2,500 Match Program” 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 Holder Bedding Inc. It’s simple — click the “Make A Donation” button, make a donation by November 30, and Holder Bedding will match it.

Holder Bedding is also offering an incentive of $200 toward your purchase of one of their Select Mattress Sets. Visit Holder Bedding, mention Lafayette Urban Ministry, and get $200 off.

This is an exciting  partnership because Holder Bedding is a local business and is also the preferred mattress of the LUM Emergency Shelter. In 2013, 42 mattresses were made in Lafayette by Holder Bedding and installed at the LUM Emergency Shelter.


NOW through November 30,
Holder Bedding will Match your Donation to LUM.

LUM is very fortunate and sincerely grateful to have this support from Holder Bedding. Holder Bedding Inc. is a local, family owned and operated business in Lafayette providing employment opportunities in our community since 1947. LUM encourages you to shop at Holder Bedding for your next mattresses.