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Turkey Trot 5K Run – Record Breaking Again

850+ Participants – $39,000+ Raised for LUM

The LUM Turkey Trot 5K Run attracted a record number of participants on Thanksgiving morning and also raised a record amount of money for LUM. This year, the weather was perfect, the event raised more than $39,000 and more than 850 individuals were registered to participate. 

Turkey Trot is an important event for LUM because it creates a sense of community and funds all of the LUM programs including youth programs, the food pantriesfinancial assistance, immigration services, tax assistance and homelessness services. Please join us in thanking all of our participants, donors, and event sponsors. If you missed the Turkey Trot and wish to make a donation, click the button below and mark your calendars for next year.

  • EVENT SPONSOR – To view the list of all of our Event Sponsors, including monetary donations and in-kind gifts, click HERE.
  • PHOTOS – To view more photos, click HERE.
  • RESULTS – 2022 Race RESULTS — Turkey Trot 5K Run
    • Listed by time — click HERE
    • Listed by group — click HERE

Village Soup Day Supports LUM Again

More Than 300 Meals – Big Support for LUM

Last week, Westminster Village in West Lafayette sponsored the Village Soup Day in support of LUM programs. The Westminster Village staff sold more than 300 meals featuring their famous menu of hot broccoli cheddar soup, chili, maple vinaigrette salad, house-made rolls, and gourmet choc-chip cookies.

The money raised from this event will have an immediate positive impact on local families in need, children, and our neighbors experiencing homelessness. 

Thank you, Westminster Village staff for your support of LUM!

Jubilee Christmas Needs Your Support

Countdown to Jubilee Christmas – Only Days Away


VOLUNTEER elves are needed to staff our Donation Center (Nov. 28 – Dec. 6) and to assist with Jubilee Christmas part 2 on Saturday, December 10. This is a great opportunity to host a family and assist them in shopping for their children. Please SHARE this with others.

DONATIONS are appreciated for Jubilee Christmas from churches, organizations and individuals, and help make the program a success. You can help by donating a cash gift of $50, $100, $250, $500, $1,000 or more to Jubilee Christmas. Your cash gift to Jubilee Christmas may be given in honor of a friend or family member — in lieu of a holiday gift. LUM will send a Holiday Card sharing that a donation has been made by you to Jubilee Christmas in their name.

GIVE NEEDED ITEMS to Jubilee Christmas. Donations of new, unwrapped toys, clothing (newborn to 12-year-old), books, games, sports equipment, quilts/family blankets are welcome. Donations may be dropped off starting Monday (11/28) to at the LUM Office (Lafayette) and Greyhouse Coffee & Supply Co. (West Lafayette).

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Donate Items — Jubilee Christmas Wishlist — new items only

  • Toys, Board Games, Dolls, Lego sets, Dress up & Pretend Play, Play kitchen items
    • Highest need — children aged 10 – 12 years old
    • No Guns, please
  • Sports & Recreation equipment — Balls & equipment (basketball, soccer, kick balls, baseball, etc.), Bikes, Outdoor games (Flying discs – Frisbee, Hula-hoops, Jump ropes, Family games)
  • Books (grade-level: Pre-K through teen)
  • Craft Kits & Art Supplies
  • Children’s clothing — outfits; winter coats, gloves, hats, scarves, boots;
  • Blankets & Quilts — each family gets at least one for the family
  • Wrapping Paper, Gift Bags, Tape
  • Batteries
  • Gift Cards — Food cards, Gift cards for teen siblings
  • Bottled water
  • Trash bags (30 gallon)

Donation Centers are as follows:

  • LUM Office
    420 N 4th Street, Lafayette
    — Monday, November 28 through Friday, December 2 — 1 to 5 p.m.
  • Oakland High School/LARA
    1100 Elizabeth Street, Lafayette (rear – cafeteria entrance)
    — Monday, December 5 & Tuesday, December 6 — 1 to 5 p.m.
  • Greyhouse Coffee & Supply Co.
    100 Northwestern Avenue, West Lafayette
    — Through Monday, December 5; HOURS: Mon. – Fri. 7 a.m.-10:30 p.m., Sat. & Sun. 8 a.m.-10:30 p.m.

For more information on LUM Jubilee Christmas, click HERE.

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LUM Focuses on Hope This Thanksgiving

Community Thanksgiving Feast – Restoring Hope

Thanksgiving at LUM is about restoring hope — and the LUM Community Thanksgiving Feast makes it happen. The “feast” is just winding down at Central Presbyterian Church in downtown Lafayette, IN, and it was a special event. For the first time since 2019 (pre-COVID), guests were able to eat their holiday meal together — restoring hope for all of us. In addition to the turkey dinner, there was live music featuring West Lafayette High School orchestra students, Blue Moon Rising, and Larry Guentert Jazz Duo.

The LUM Community Thanksgiving Feast takes two months of planning, engages more than 200 volunteers and requires approximately $10,000 in donations to make it happen. The meals included roasted & smoked turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, yams, cranberry sauce, stuffing (AKA dressing), bread/rolls, a variety of beverages, and slice of pie. More than 800 meals were distributed — including 82 turkeys and 112 homemade pies.

LUM is grateful to Central Presbyterian Church for use of their facilities. It was also special to have several local officials “breaking bread” with our guests, including Indiana State Representatives Sheila Klinker Chris Campbell, Mayor Tony Roswarski, and Lafayette City Council members, Kevin Klinker and Nancy Nargi. Additional information and acknowledgements include the following:

  • Food donations: Chick-fil-A, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, First Christian Church, Great Harvest Bread Company, Lafayette Brewing Co., Jane’s Gourmet Deli, La Scala, Oliverio’s Southland Restaurant, Phoenix Paramedics Solutions, Purdue Federal Credit Union, SmittyBread, St. John’s Episcopal Church, and St. Thomas Aquinas Center plus dozens of individuals.
  • Table decorations and placemats were created by the students enrolled at the LUM After School Program, Creekside Growers, St. Boniface Elementary, St. Mary Cathedral Elementary School, and West Lafayette Elementary School.
  • The Crew: Thanks to Josh Prokopy, who directed the event; Nina Morgan, who headed up the kitchen crew; Terri Anderson for working with the volunteers, Jackie Gracer for managing the dining room; and Wes Tillett for emceeing and hosting the event.

It was a joyous community event and a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday celebration for all. Please consider a donation to offset the expenses of this special LUM event. To view more PHOTOS, click HERE.

LUM Participating in #GivingTuesday

A Global Day of Unity | Together We Give

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LUM invites you to participate in #GivingTuesday — a worldwide day of giving and unity in response to the unprecedented need in our community. Not everyone is in a position to make a contribution right now, but for those of you who have asked, “What can I do?” you can be a part of this important movement by making a gift to Lafayette Urban Ministry today.

With each donation made today, LUM will be able to…

  • Give FOOD to local families each Thursday & Friday at the LUM Food Pantries, the students in our youth center programs, and the guests using our shelter
  • Purchase CLEANING & PAPER SUPPLIES like toilet cleaner, glass cleaner, toilet paper, latex gloves & paper towels
  • Offer financial assistance to families struggling to fill a MEDICAL prescription
  • Buy DISINFECTANT supplies like disinfectant spray, bleach & liquid soap
  • Refresh the MULCH in the LUM Youth Center playground
  • Get EQUIPMENT like new security cameras and outdoor lockers at the shelter for the health and safety of our guests
  • Give RENT assistance or pay a UTILITY bill for a family in need

This continuing crisis has placed a financial burden on our community, and Lafayette Urban Ministry has been committed to tackling basic human needs and uplifting the people of Greater Lafayette. You can count on LUM being there to support local families and children and offering shelter to those experiencing homelessness.

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#GivingTuesday is Here. Today. Now.

Please support LUM on #GivingTuesdayNow!

You can make a donation online or mail in your donation. Make your check payable to Lafayette Urban Ministry and mail it TODAY to Lafayette Urban Ministry, 420 N 4th Street, Lafayette, IN 47901.

Your generosity will support LUM assistance programs and homeless services, help maintain our properties, and prepare for reopening youth programs, including LUM Camp and 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program.

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4 Ways to Help the LUM Emergency Shelter

LUM Emergency Shelter Needs You!

Will you help us continue to serve individuals in our community who are experiencing homelessness?A gift to the LUM Emergency Shelter will help LUM continue to provide help and hope to those experiencing homelessness especially during this global health crisis and recent severe snow storm.

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, but it is also an investment in the health and safety of the greater community. VOLUNTEERS are also needed each night of the year, and it is a meaningful and unique opportunity. If you’re interested or need more information, click HERE — or email or call Jeffrey Auguste (jauguste@LUMserve.org | 765-423-2691).

Thanksgiving Blessing – Corporate Support

Significant Gifts for the Fall & Winter Season

LUM is “giving thanks” to the businesses that have made significant gifts this past month. These businesses join a community of supporters who enable LUM to offer assistance, food, child care and shelter to our neighbors in need. Check out the list below, visit them soon, and say “thanks.”

  • Barash Law LLC – $1,000 Turkey Trot 5K Run
  • Brenneco, Inc. – $500 Turkey Trot 5K Run
  • Caterpillar, Inc. – $2,500 Turkey Trot 5K Run
  • Centier Bank – $500 Turkey Trot 5K Run
  • Computers Made Easy – $500 Turkey Trot 5K Run
  • Dearing Group – $500 LUM Programs
  • Denny’s Body Shop – $500 Turkey Trot 5K Run & $500 Community Thanksgiving Feast
  • DRLF Consulting – $500 Good Samaritan Fund
  • Horizon Bank – $500 Turkey Trot 5K Run & $250 Good Samaritan Fund
  • Industrial Federal Credit Union (pictured) – $1,000 LUM Programs
  • Old National Bank – $500 Turkey Trot 5K Run
  • Property Solutions Contractors – $1,000 Turkey Trot 5K Run
  • Stuart & Branigin LLP – $1,000 Turkey Trot 5K Run

If you or your business or organization are interested in making a donation or sponsoring an upcoming program click the button below, go to LUMserve.org/donate-online, email lum@LUMserve.org or call 765-423-2691.

LUM Winter Warming Station is Open

Twenty Additional Emergency Beds Available

The LUM Winter Warming Station opened this past Monday — just in time. With snow flurries, freezing temperatures and high winds, the Winter Warming Station has been available this week for individuals needing a place in the evening to “warm up.” Located in the LUM Office building (420 N 4th Street, Lafayette), it is open from midnight to 7 a.m. every day until April 2023.

The Winter Warming Station complements the services offered by the LUM Emergency Shelter. It also gives individuals an opportunity to learn about other services offered by LUM and other local agencies for which they may be eligible. Please consider making a donation or providing bagged meals for the Winter Warming Station guests. Your support is appreciated, especially during the harsh winter months.

LUM Thanksgiving – Community & Hope

LUM Thanksgiving Holiday Events

For LUM, Thanksgiving is more than football and eating too much. It is about being grateful for our blessings by restoring hope to our neighbors in need, especially during this difficult time.

This year LUM is hosting the 36th annual Community Thanksgiving Feast and the Turkey Trot 5K Run. Read below to learn how you can participate, donate, attend, and volunteer at these meaningful Thanksgiving community events.

All are welcome! The 36th annual LUM Community Thanksgiving Feast takes place next Thursday (11/24) from noon to 2 p.m. at Central Presbyterian Church in downtown Lafayette. It will feature a Thanksgiving feast, live music and great company – and it’s free.

If you wish to help, the event still needs donations of the following:

  • Stuffing & Green Bean Casseroles
  • Yams & Cranberry Sauce (Canned)
  • Dinner Rolls
  • Bottled Water
  • Disposable Face Masks

You may also make a monetary donation. To donate and learn more, click the button below.

This Thanksgiving Day (11/24), start a new family tradition by participating in the LUM Turkey Trot 5K Run. It’s the most fun & rewarding way start your Thanksgiving holiday. Runners, walkers, families, dogs, strollers, costumes & turkey hats are welcome.

  • Time: 8:30 a.m.
  • Location: Connection Point Church, West Lafayette
  • Fees: $35 Adult; $10 Youth
  • Course: Cattail Trail Loop – Celery Bog Nature Area

All Turkey Trot 5K Run proceeds directly support the programs and services offered by Lafayette Urban Ministry. To register and/or learn more, click the button below.

Community Thanksgiving Feast Needs YOU

All Are Welcome – Donations & Volunteers Needed

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The LUM Community Thanksgiving Feast is a true community event, where everyone is welcome but LUM relies on donations of money, food & supplies, and time from the community as well. More than 800 meals will be served. You may attend, donate money, volunteer and donate food and other needed items.
Community Thanksgiving Feast details are as follows:

  • Date: Thursday, November 24
  • Time: Noon – 2 p.m.
  • Place: Central Presbyterian Church, 31 N 7th St., Lafayette
  • Admission: FREE – All are welcome
  • Donate: to make cash donation or donate food & needed items, click HERE
  • Volunteer: to sign up to volunteer, click HERE
  • More information: go to LUMserve.org/thanksgiving

If your business or group would like to become an event sponsor, call or email us (765-423-2691 | thanks@lumserve.org).

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If your business or group would like to become an event sponsor, call or email us (765-423-2691 | thanks@lumserve.org).