For many, Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a long weekend, but for some it is a Day of Service. Seven Purdue University students, representing the Indiana NAACP Chapter, honored the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by volunteering this past Monday at LUM. These students helped advance the LUM Healthy Shelter initiative by cleaning the Emergency Shelter dining room, kitchen, bedrooms, lobby and stairwell. They also helped disassemble and removed wooden bunkbeds making room for new metal beds, which are easier to disinfect and help with pest control.
Please join us in thanking these students for choosing LUM and working hard to make the shelter cleaner, safer and healthier. LUM is grateful to be a part of such a giving community including the Purdue student body. Boiler Up!
The topics focused on how our community leaders plan to create more unity and move forward after last year’s local Black Lives Matter demonstrations. The virtual, live panel discussion featured county & city elected officials, school corporation leaders and social service agency directors. Thanks to the moderators, which included the Reverend Dr. Bradley Pace (St. John’s Episcopal Church rector) and the Reverend Dr. Hilary Cooke (Chapel of the Good Shepherd chaplain), the conversations were lively, informative and transformative. Wes Tillett took the opportunity to share the mission, programs and aspirations of LUM as important initiatives about equity & inclusion are addressed. Thanks to Beloved Community Lafayette for sponsoring this meaningful event and inviting LUM to participate in the conversation.
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 | firstname.lastname@example.org).