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One Year Later – Financial Assistance

During the entire pandemic the generosity of this community has been heartwarming. Some gave supplies, some gave money and some gave of their time & expertise. LUM is grateful for each and every individual, family, company, agency, group, and church who has supported LUM programs during this crisis. Thanks to our volunteers who risk their own health to keep serving others.

Pictured below are two LUM Good Samaritan Program volunteers (L to R, front row): Pat Garrott & Shirley Robertson; who are joined by LUM staff members (L to R, back row): Linda Hicks, director; Connie Decker, receptionist; & Nancy Emig, clerk.

Other notable donations to LUM for COVID-19 relief were from those listed as follows:

  • Tippecanoe COVID-19 Response Fund
  • United Way of Greater Lafayette
  • The Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette
  • Greater Lafayette Commerce
  • Fairfield Township Trustees
  • Purdue Crew Team – Row-A-Thon
  • McAllister Foundation
  • Glick Community Relief Fund
  • Regions Bank
  • Bob & Patti Truitt

If you wish to invest in the LUM Good Samaritan Program, please give a donation to the fund, which supports families and children in crisis with financial assistance.


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One Year of Rapid Relief to Families in Crisis


One Year Later – Financial Assistance

In the past 12 months, a small but mighty team has kept LUM “open” and “serving” local families in financial crisis. In the beginning of the pandemic, everything had to change immediately. Despite all of the obstacles, LUM was able to continue providing emergency financial assistance using online forms, email and phone calls. The LUM Good Samaritan Program has not faced a challenge like this before but the staff members and volunteers were so passionate and focused that nothing, not even a global pandemic, could stop them.
As the news of LUM’s success spread, LUM became one of the few trusted agencies for assistance and referrals, and the donations followed. Since March 23, 2020:

  • 1,256 local families have received financial help
  • 728 of these families (58%) were asking for assistance for the FIRST time
  • An additional $213,025 of COVID-19 relief funds has been donated to LUM
  • $253,801.14 has been distributed by LUM

Pictured above are two LUM Good Samaritan Program volunteers (L to R, front row): Pat Garrott & Shirley Robertson; who are joined by LUM staff members (L to R, back row): Linda Hicks, director; Connie Decker, receptionist; & Nancy Emig, clerk.

If you wish to invest in the LUM Good Samaritan Program, please give a donation to the fund, which supports families and children in crisis with financial assistance.


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Meet the LUM Shelter Security Staff


Staff Meeting Via Zoom – Meeting Briton

The LUM Emergency Shelter provides short-term, overnight shelter, meals, and showers in a safe and caring environment for up to 44 homeless adults each night of the year. The LUM Winter Warming Station complements these services from November to April. 

The staff members of the LUM Emergency Shelter are truly on the front line of this crisis. They manage the nightly operations of the LUM Emergency Shelter & Winter Warming Station. A small but dedicated team make it possible to offer a safe & caring place to one of the most vulnerable populations in our community — individuals experiencing homelessness.

The LUM Emergency Shelter staff recently participated in a video conference meeting to receive new information, give feedback on how things are going, and meet the new LUM shelter director, Briton Weise. The meeting was upbeat, collaborative and productive (pictured). The staff members left the meeting better prepared for another night at the LUM Emergency Shelter and excited to work with Briton.

The staff members of the LUM Emergency Shelter are truly on the front line of this crisis. A small but dedicated team make it possible to offer a safe & caring place to one of the most vulnerable populations in our community — individuals experiencing homelessness.

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{Pictured L to R: Patrick Renfroe, Pablo Malavenda, Noah Harley, Connie Kepner Davis, Briton Weise, Abby Lillpop, Wes Tillett, Arlether Blakney & Heather Sangl.}

Servicio a clientes de forma remota durante COVID-19


por Samantha Garcia

A través de este tiempo incomparable, la Clínica de Inmigración de LUM continúa abierta a los negocios para servir a la comunidad. Sin embargo, “cómo” LUM está sirviendo a la comunidad ha sido modificado para mantener a las familias lo más seguras posible. La Clínica se ha adaptado para trabajar con clientes por teléfono, videoconferencia, correo electrónico y en ubicaciones alternativas.

El programa Buen Samaritano (Good Samaritan) de LUM también recibe solicitudes de asistencia financiera de emergencia por teléfono y correo electrónico durante la semana, a partir de las 9 a.m.. Las clases de ciudadanía y las tablas de conversación en español se han pospuesto.

LUM continúa monitoreando los cambios a esta emergencia de salud pública. La Junta Directiva, el personal y los voluntarios de LUM mantienen a los afectados por COVID-19 en nuestros pensamientos y oraciones.


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LUM Board of Directors – Getting It Done

Video Board Meetings Are Working Well

Last week, the LUM Board of Directors held their monthly meeting using video conferencing. The agenda was distributed along with a code to “Join the Meeting” online. Remote meetings continue to be productive and successfully connect and engage everyone involved. 

Joan Low, LUM board president, led the meeting; and Wes Tillett, LUM executive director, attended and contributed on behalf of the LUM staff. A healthy second quarter financial report was presented and approved. Pictured are the LUM board & staff members who participated. This is yet another example of how LUM continues to be flexible and adaptive during the COVID-19 crisis because LUM is determined to continue serving local families and children in need.


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Serving Clients Remotely During COVID-19


by Samantha Garcia

Through this unparalleled time, the LUM Immigration Clinic continues to be open for business to serve the community. However, “how” LUM is serving the community has been modified to keep families as safe as possible. The Clinic has adjusted to work with clients by phone, video conferencing, email, and in alternative locations.

The LUM Good Samaritan Program is also taking requests for emergency financial assistance by phone and email during the week, starting at 9 a.m. The Citizenship Classes and Spanish Conversation Tables have been postponed. 

LUM is continuing to monitor changes to this public health emergency. The LUM Board of Directors, staff, and volunteers are keeping those affected by COVID-19 in our thoughts and prayers.


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Social Distancing – Preparing Recent Mailing

LUM is getting creative — staff & volunteers recently helped the LUM office manager, Linda Hicks, prepare a mailing. To stay safe, they used separate work spaces and wore masks. Pictured L to R are Alexandra Hicks, LUM volunteer & Purdue student; and Connie Decker, LUM receptionist. 

Thanks to ALL of our volunteers & staff members for going above & beyond to keep LUM open for business through this crisis.

If you wish to volunteer with future mailing projects at LUM, click HERE.

Social Distancing – LUM Staff Meeting


Volunteers & Staff – Adapting to COVID-19

LUM is determined to remain open to support local families in need and individuals experiencing homelessness. To maintain a safe & healthy space, LUM staff members communicate regularly, adapt to the ever-changing situation, support each other and practice self-care. LUM Staff members have been meeting more frequently — using video conferencing (pictured).

Please remember LUM during this difficult time. Your gifts of cash donations ($5, $10, $50, $100 or $500), needed items (cleaning supplies, food pantry items & shelter meals), and time (volunteer at the shelter or food pantry) are GREATLY appreciated and needed.

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Social ‘Distance Learning’


LUM Immigration Clinic Participates in Webinars

During the Indiana Stay-At-Home Order, the LUM Immigration Clinic staff members and volunteers are spending this time to take advantage of advanced training on immigration and naturalization issues, ethics, legal issues and best practices.

They have been participating as a group in a series of webinars sponsored by the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (pictured). These online training programs are part of the resources available to LUM as an affiliate member of CLINIC. The Immigration Clinic staff and volunteers found the webinar timely and informative.


The LUM Protein Food Pantry remains open with strict protocols to keep everyone safe. The LUM Good Samaritan Program (emergency financial assistance) and Immigration Clinic are serving clients using online forms, email and the phone.

Please remember LUM during this difficult time. Your gifts of cash donations ($5, $10, $50, $100 or $500), needed items (cleaning supplies, food pantry items & shelter meals), and time (volunteer at the shelter or food pantry) are GREATLY appreciated and needed.

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Social Distancing – LUM Staff Meeting

Zoom Staff Meeting Led By Wes Tillett

During this crisis, the LUM Staff members have been meeting more frequently — using video conferencing (pictured).

LUM is determined to remain open to support local families in need and individuals experiencing homelessness. To do this and maintain a safe & healthy environment, LUM staff members communicate regularly, adapt to the ever-changing situation, support each other and practice self-care — physically, spiritually and emotionally.


The LUM Emergency Shelter and Protein Food Pantry remain open with strict protocols to keep everyone safe. The LUM Good Samaritan Program (emergency financial assistance) and Immigration Clinic are serving clients using online forms, email and the phone.

Please remember LUM during this difficult time. Your gifts of cash donations ($5, $10, $50, $100 or $500), needed items (cleaning supplies, food pantry items & shelter meals), and time (volunteer at the shelter or food pantry) are GREATLY appreciated and needed.

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