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Turkey Trot 5K – Social Contract

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Turkey Trot 5K Run
Thursday, November 26, 2020
Lafayette, Indiana

As a participant in the Turkey Trot 5K Run on Thursday, November 26, 2020, I verify that I have read, understand, and accept the terms of this Social Contract. In registering for the Turkey Trot 5K Run, I agree to adhere to all of the following conditions in order to protect myself, my fellow runners, and any staff or volunteers associated with the event; and my submission of the Turkey Trot 5K Run registration form shall act as my legal signature. I promise to:

  • Wear a mask when arriving on site and keep it on until I cross the
    starting line. Put my mask back on after crossing the finish line.
  • Maintain a social distance of at least 6ft from anyone not in my
    family group at the starting line and finish line and while anywhere
    in the staging area.
  • Social distancing X’s will be taped on the ground in front of
    the start line. All runners must use them.
  • Pick up my race packet, bib, and t-shirt IN ADVANCE.
    There will be NO on-site packet pick-up.
  • Not attend the race if I am exhibiting any COVID-like or other
    illness type symptoms, including but not limited to: fever, cough,
    loss of taste or smell, sneezing, sore/scratchy throat.
  • Not arrive at the staging area more than 15 minutes prior to
    my scheduled start time.
  • Leave as soon as I am able after finishing the race. Please
    do not cross through the staging area, or interfere with runners just
    starting their race.

I have read the above Social Contract, and by submitting the Turkey Trot 5K Run registration form I understand and agree with all of the terms of the contract.

Who’s That Masked Donor? FUNdraiser

Immigration Clinic Fundraising Event

What It’s All About

Who’s That Masked Donor? is a fundraiser using social media with the purpose of challenging friends, family, colleagues, and/or fellow organizations to support immigrants on the front lines of the response to COVID 19 by giving to the LUM Immigration Clinic.


  • Now through Thursday, November 5

What Can You Do?

  • Get your friends and family involved. Make it collaborative! Donate to the LUM Immigration Clinic, and challenge others to do so as well. We need your help to show them our support during this particularly vulnerable time.

Show Your Support

  • Donate to the LUM Immigration Clinic
  • Don your favorite mask or one that you create. Have fun & get creative!
  • Make a sign that supports immigrants — along the lines of “I support LUM Immigration Clinic
  • Take a Photo & post it on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram using #LUMPOH
  • Encourage others to do the same

Text LUMPOH to 41444 to donate -OR- click the button below to donate online.

Please also save the date for two other Immigration Clinic fundraisers — the Port of Hope virtual experience (Thursday, November 5) and Scavenger Hunt (Saturday, October 17). For more information on these Immigration Clinic events, click HERE.

LUM Students Reap Benefits of Garden

LUM Summer Students Build a Vegetable Garden

When parents pick up their children from the LUM After School Program they are able to take home vegetables that were grown by the LUM students. The LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program students engaged in a garden project that gave them many opportunities for experiential learning. Now these freshly grown vegetables are being shared with the students’ families. This was such a rewarding project, and the students loved being a part of it. 

If you would like to invest in this project and the LUM Youth Programs, please make a donation today. If you or your group wishes to volunteer — or sponsor an event or study trip for LUM students, please email or call Kristi Hogue, LUM Youth Programs Director (khogue@lumserve.org | 765-423-2691).

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Harrison Kiwanis Club Donates $300 to LUM

State Rep Sheila Klinker Delivers $300 Check

Early one morning this past week, Indiana State Representative Sheila Klinker delivered a $300 donation from the Harrison Kiwanis Club to Wes Tillett, LUM executive director (pictured). The Harrison Kiwanis Club is part of a global community of clubs, members and partners in 80 countries and geographic areas dedicated to improving the lives of children one community at a time.

This gift will be used to offer assistance to families in our community, including the support of the LUM Youth Programs. LUM is grateful to all of the members of the Harrison Kiwanis Club, especially Representative Klinker, for their continued support of LUM. If you, your group or organization would like to invest in the children & families served by LUM, click the button below to donate or email lum@lumserve.org.

WLHS Girls Soccer Team Donates Food Items

Local Girls Soccer Teams Host Food Drive

The West Lafayette High School Girls Soccer Team donated food to the LUM Protein Food Pantry. Earlier this semester, each of the five local High School Girls Soccer Teams (Central Catholic, Harrison, Jefferson, McCutcheon & West Lafayette High Schools) coordinated a community-wide food drive to benefit LUM. The West Lafayette team captains, Ava Doty, Catalina Posada & Gretchen Bauman, delivered their food items to LUM this week (pictured).

Join us in thanking the West Lafayette Girls Soccer team for their donation and wish them luck as they face Kokomo at the Senior Night game tonight. If you wish to coordinate a food drive or paper goods drive for the LUM Protein Food Pantry, please email Nina Morgan at foodpantry@lumserve.org.

Five Local HS Girls Soccer Teams Support LUM

Food Donated to the LUM Protein Food Pantry

In addition to preparing to go back to school and train for their upcoming competition season, each of the five local High School Girls Soccer Teams (Central Catholic, Harrison, Jefferson, McCutcheon & West Lafayette High Schools) took the time to coordinate a food drive. Last week, the student leader athletes and coaches delivered a truckload of food to the LUM Protein Food Pantry. During this pandemic, donations of food items are greatly appreciated because the need is so great.

In 2020, so far, the LUM Protein Food Pantry has distributed food 1,254 times to 360 local families impacting 3,739 individuals, 147 families with children and 27 families with infants.

Join us in thanking the McCutcheon team for coordinating the effort, and all of these local student leader athletes for their support of the families and children in our community with their donation to LUM. They are as follows:

  • Central Catholic – Hailey Fallen, Caroline Lutz & Mayah Love
  • Harrison – Zylee Saunders, Lydia Gonzalez, Kenzie Sharp & Lexi Fraley
  • Jefferson – Guadalupe Villegas, Alexia Hernandez & Ashanti Bravo
  • McCutcheon – Addyson Garrett, Kaleigh Scheumann & Katie Buckles

If you wish to coordinate a food drive or paper goods drive for the LUM Protein Food Pantry, please email Nina Morgan at foodpantry@lumserve.org. {Please note: The West Lafayette High School girls soccer team also participated but have not been able to deliver their donation yet.}

Meet the LUM Interns – Fall 2020

The LUM After School Program provides a safe, fun and enriching childcare for children in Kindergarten to 8th grade. The program is staffed by a professionally trained educator, teacher’s aides, interns and volunteers. Interns are especially appreciated for being their passion and eagerness to learn to LUM programs. Below are the two interns currently working with the LUM After School Program. LUM is fortunate to have Dora & Breanne on the ASP team and for the partnership with the Ivy Tech Human Services program.

Dora Arteaga

Dora is from Chicago, lived in Florida and moved to Lafayette with her family 13 years ago. She graduated from William Henry Harrison High School in 2018 and is currently enrolled in the Human Services program at Ivy Tech Community College.

After Dora graduates (May 2021), she plans on pursuing a bachelor’s degree towards a career working in addiction counseling.

Breanne Stewart

Breanne grew up and lives in Lafayette. She graduated from Faith Christian High School and is currently enrolled in the Human Services program at Ivy Tech Community College.

After Breanne graduates (May 2021), she plans on working in the human service field, to gain experience; and pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Human Services from Purdue University.

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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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LUM Receives $90,000 for COVID-19 Relief

Tippecanoe COVID-19 Response Fund

Lafayette Urban Ministry has been awarded an additional $25,000 from the Tippecanoe COVID-19 Response Fund — making the total received so far $90,000 ($15,000 in March, $20,000 in May, $30,000 in July & $25,000 in August). 

The Tippecanoe COVID-19 Response Fund was created by United Way of Greater Lafayette, The Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette and Greater Lafayette Commerce to bring relief to the area’s most vulnerable individuals and families. LUM is a funded partner agency and continues to serve those experiencing the short-term and long-term impacts of the coronavirus outbreak.

The monies have been rapidly distributed through the LUM Good Samaritan Program to seniors, children and low-income families to help with recovery, including housing and utility expenses. The fund is also helping with prescription medication assistance, access to childcare for families effected by closures, and services and shelter for people experiencing homelessness who lack the resources to stay safe.

Thank you to United Way of Greater Lafayette, The Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette, and Greater Lafayette Commerce for their continued support and designating LUM a partner in the important initiative.

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4 Ways You Can Help the LUM Emergency Shelter

LUM Emergency Shelter Needs You!

Will you help us continue to serve those in our community who are experiencing homelessness? Your gift of $50, $100, $250, $500, or $1,000 to the LUM Emergency Shelter will help LUM continue to provide help and hope to those experiencing homelessness during this global health crisis.

Four Ways YOU can help the LUM Emergency Shelter are as follows:

  • Make a Monetary DONATION, click HERE
  • Sign up to VOLUNTEER, click HERE
  • Donate Needed ITEMS, click HERE
  • Prepare a MEAL for LUM Shelter Guests, click HERE

Your financial generosity is not only an act of hospitality toward those with no home of their own, it is also an investment in the health and safety of the greater community. If you’re interested or need more information, click HERE — or email or call Briton Weise (bweise@lumserve.org | 765-423-2691).

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