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LUM Winter Warming Station Persisted


A Ministry of Compassion & Adaptability

No one in our community should have to spend the night outdoors in the harsh weather of the winter months — especially during a global pandemic. Since November 15, LUM Winter Warming Station was open from midnight to 7 a.m. and allowed individuals to be in a safe indoor warm space. Each guest was also provided with coffee, water, and a bagged meal to take with them in the morning. This winter, the Winter Warming Station persisted and served more than 226 individuals for 1,390 bed-nights, and 78 guests were new to LUM.

Serving individuals experiencing homelessness during COVID-19 took detailed planning and additional staffing. This winter was colder than usual with 24 days of dangerously cold temperatures. On these nights, LUM provided buses from the local day shelter to the LUM Emergency Shelter and Winter Warming Station and opened three hours early (at 9 p.m.).

Now that the spring season has arrived the LUM Winter Warming Station is closed until it is needed again in mid-November. LUM persisted and prevailed despite all of the many challenges presented by the harsh weather and the COVID-19 resurgence. Thanks to each overnight shelter volunteer as well as the families, groups, individuals, businesses, and churches who provided meals for the Emergency Shelter and the Winter Warming Station.


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Winter Warming Station & Annex Offer Shelter During COVID


A Journey of Compassion & Adaptability

No one in our community should have to spend the night outdoors in the harsh weather of the winter months — especially during a global pandemic. LUM Winter Warming Station, located in the LUM Office building, was open from midnight to 7 a.m. and allowed individuals to be in a safe indoor warm space.

Serving individuals experiencing homelessness during COVID-19 takes detailed planning and additional staffing. When the local day shelter has to lockdown because of a “positive COVID-19” tested individual, LUM collaborates with other local agencies to offer shelter for new individuals.

The LUM Winter Warming Station became the place for these individuals at night, and “the Annex Day Shelter,” a new temporary day shelter was the place during the daytime hours. Thanks to the Quick Response Team for staffing the Annex and to First Baptist Church (Lafayette, IN) for providing the space.

LUM prevails despite all of the many challenges presented by the harsh weather and the COVID-19 pandemic. Thanks to each volunteer as well as the families, groups, individuals and churches who provided meals for the Emergency Shelter, Winter Warming Station & Annex.


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LUM Winter Warming Station & Annex Prevail


A Journey of Compassion & Adaptability

No one in our community should have to spend the night outdoors in the harsh weather of the winter months — especially during a global pandemic. LUM Winter Warming Station, located in the LUM Office building, was open from midnight to 7 a.m. and allowed individuals to be in a safe indoor warm space. Since November 15, 2020, the LUM Winter Warming Station has served more than 205 individuals were guests for 1,110 bed-nights, and 321 guests were new to LUM.

Serving individuals experiencing homelessness during COVID-19 took detailed planning and additional staffing. The first time the local day shelter had to lockdown because of a “positive COVID-19” tested individual, LUM collaborated with other local agencies to offer shelter for new individuals. The LUM Winter Warming Station became the place for these individuals at night, and “the Annex,” a new temporary day shelter was the place during the daytime hours. Since last December, the Annex was open for 84 days and visited by guests 452 times. This winter also brought an arctic blast and more than 15 days of dangerously cold temperatures in February. LUM provided buses from the day shelter to the LUM Emergency Shelter and Winter Warming Station and opened three hours early each of those nights.

Now that the spring season has arrived the LUM Winter Warming Station is closed until it is needed again in mid-November. LUM prevailed despite all of the many challenges presented by the harsh weather and the COVID-19 pandemic. Thanks to each volunteer as well as the families, groups, individuals and churches who provided meals for the Emergency Shelter, Winter Warming Station & Annex.


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Winter Warming Station Adapts to Artic Blast


No One Will Be Turned Away – Hours Extended

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 including an “arctic blast,” buses have been available to transport guests from the local day shelter to the LUM Emergency Shelter and Winter Warming Station.

Additionally, the Winter Warming Station has been opening at 9 p.m. (three hours earlier) on these nights. Outside the LUM Office, there is also a “clothes line” with free gloves, hats, scarves, socks, and hand & toe warmers (courtesy of Central Catholic High School – see story HERE).

Special thanks to partners at the day shelter and LUM shelter security staff members and volunteers, especially the bus drivers. If you, your company, church or family would like to help those experiencing homelessness in our community, donations are welcome. LUM also needs mealssupplies and volunteers.


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Winter Warming Station Opens 3 Days Early

Due to Snow, Freezing Temperatures & 20 MPH Winds

The LUM Winter Warming Station which was scheduled to open this Thursday at midnight, opened last night due to three inches of snow accumulation, freezing temperatures and 20 mph winds. The Winter Warming Station complements the services offered by the LUM Emergency Shelter and is used by 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. until April 2020.
 
No one in our community should have to spend the night outdoors in the harsh weather — and the LUM Winter Warming Station allows individuals, including those who are not eligible to stay at the LUM Emergency Shelter, to be in our safe, secure indoor warm space. It also gives individuals an opportunity to learn about other services offered by LUM and other local agencies for which they may be eligible. Other contingency plans are in place during stormy weather or if temperatures get dangerously low. For more details, please email Joe Micon (jmicon@lumserve.org).

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Winter Warming Station – Open to All


Life Saving Service for the Homeless

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No one in our community should have to spend the night outdoors in the harsh weather — and the LUM Winter Warming Station allows individuals, including those who are not eligible to stay at the LUM Emergency Shelter, to be in our safe, secure indoor warm space. The LUM Winter Warming Station is located in the LUM Office building (420 N 4th Street, Lafayette) and is open from midnight to 7 a.m. from November 15 through April 15. So are, it has been utilized by 25 individuals needing a place to “warm up.”


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With Gratitude to the LUM Volunteers


A Message from Joe Micon, LUM Executive Director

April is National Volunteer Month, when we celebrate the work that volunteers do year-round. During National Volunteer Week (April 15-21), across the country organizations like LUM recognize their volunteers for helping them achieve their mission.

By now, you probably know that the Lafayette Urban Ministry provides more volunteer opportunities than almost any other organization in our community. Throughout the course of the year, more than 3,000 individuals volunteer in one or another of the LUM programs. Whether it is preparing a meal for the homeless, stocking shelves at the St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry, serving as a LUM Camp Counselor, helping to govern LUM on the board of directors, teaching children in the LUM After School Program, working the food line at the LUM Community Thanksgiving Meal, hosting a family at Jubilee Christmas, or one of the many other front line or professional volunteer jobs at LUM, volunteers are the heart and soul of all the good that is accomplished here.

Volunteering may not be a uniquely American activity, but it is certainly a major part of our national culture and identity. Writing about his travels through the United States in the 1830s, the French political scientist Alexis de Tocqueville frequently commented on Americans’ tendency to form voluntary associations. He was impressed by our desire to come together with friends and neighbors to accomplish community goals. This was, he felt, an important foundation for the democratic society that he studied. Volunteering helps you to learn new skills and develop the ones you already have. It helps you to be part of your community, meet new people and make new friends. Volunteering gives you a sense of purpose and helps you stay physically healthy. Volunteers actually have lower mortality rates than those who don’t volunteer and are less likely to develop chronic pain and heart disease!

So on behalf of the entire staff at LUM please accept my deepest thanks for all you do for the children and families we serve. It is our great joy and privilege to work side by side with you each day. How grateful we are at LUM for you, and for all the others, who have joined us on our journey to make our community a better place for everyone.


To explore ways to VOLUNTEER with LUM, click HERE.

Winter Warming Station – All Are Welcome!


Life Saving Service for the Homeless

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No one in our community should have to spend the night outdoors in the harsh weather — and the LUM Winter Warming Station allows individuals, including those who are not eligible to stay at the LUM Emergency Shelter, to be in our safe, secure indoor warm space. The LUM Winter Warming Station is located in the LUM Office building (420 N 4th Street, Lafayette) and is open from midnight to 7 a.m. from November 15 through April 15. Since November 2017, it has been utilized by 147 individuals needing a place to “warm up.”


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LUM Needs Volunteers for LUM Follies (4/13/18)


CALL to ACTION – New Year, Renewed Commitment

LUM Good Samaritan Fund FOLLIES

Volunteers are needed for the LUM Good Samaritan Fund Follies fundraising event. More details are as follows:

  • Location: St. Andrew United Methodist Church, West Lafayette
  • Set-up — Thursday, April 12, 3:30 – 6:30 p.m.
  • Staff the LUM Follies event — Friday, April 13, 4:30 – 7 p.m. or 4:30 – 8 p.m.
  • Break-down — Friday, April 13, 8:30 – 10:30 p.m.

Perfect for groups. Check out the LUM Follies volunteer sign up sheets HERE.

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volunteer opportunities

LUM Needs You! Here are the CURRENT 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. READ BELOW for more detailed information on current volunteer opportunities. To view all LUM Volunteer Opportunities, click HERE.


LUM Events

Sign up online to volunteer at LUM Events like LUM Follies, Hunger Hike, Port of Hope, Thanksgiving Celebration, Turkey Trot 5K & Jubilee Christmas. Online Volunteer Sign Up Sheets, click HERE.


Group Opportunities

If your group would like to volunteer with LUM, sign up for a LUM Event online — or please email or call for more information (lum@lumserve.org | 765.423.2691).


Volunteer Opportunities

  • To view all LUM Volunteer Opportunities, click HERE.
  • SIGN UP ONLINE — Sign up to volunteer with LUM online. It’s quick & easy and you’ll get email reminders.

Many more Volunteer Opportunities may be found HERE.


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LUM Needs Food Pantry Volunteers


CALL to ACTION – New Year, Renewed Commitment

St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry

The St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry Data Entry volunteer welcomes clients to the St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry, verifies their household information on LUM’s client database, and determines if they qualify for assistance.

The Data Entry volunteer must be knowledgeable of basic computer operation and database concepts. As special training is required, a long term commitment is desired.

The St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry needs volunteers Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 8:30 a.m. – noon; and Saturdays from 12:30 – 3:30 p.m. for three to 16 hours per week. Food Pantry volunteers distribute food to clients and may shop for food, unload food donations and shelve and sort food. Good customer service skills needed and the ability to lift boxes of food is desired. A weekly commitment is requested.

For more information, click HERE — or please call or email Donna Barker (765-742-4079×106 | foodpantry@stjohns-laf.org).

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volunteer opportunities

LUM Needs You! Here are the CURRENT 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. READ BELOW for more detailed information on current volunteer opportunities. To view all LUM Volunteer Opportunities, click HERE.


LUM Events

Sign up online to volunteer at LUM Events like LUM Follies, Hunger Hike, Port of Hope, Thanksgiving Celebration, Turkey Trot 5K & Jubilee Christmas. Online Volunteer Sign Up Sheets, click HERE.


Group Opportunities

If your group would like to volunteer with LUM, sign up for a LUM Event online — or please email or call for more information (lum@lumserve.org | 765.423.2691).


Volunteer Opportunities

  • To view all LUM Volunteer Opportunities, click HERE.
  • SIGN UP ONLINE — Sign up to volunteer with LUM online. It’s quick & easy and you’ll get email reminders.

Many more Volunteer Opportunities may be found HERE.


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Sign up to Volunteer with LUM!

Please share with others