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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

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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Meet Jess – New LUM Thanksgiving Director


Jess Avila – LUM Community Thanksgiving Feast

Jess Avila is the new director for the LUM Community Thanksgiving Feast. She is responsible for all aspects of the annual celebration where more than 800 free meals will be distributed on Thanksgiving (11/26) at Central Presbyterian Church, Lafayette.

Jess is originally from Liberty, New York, and moved to West Lafayette with her family. She graduated from Harrison High School, served in the US Army Reserves for four years, earned an associates degree from Ivy Tech Community College in Child Development, and a BA in Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies and Pre-Law from Purdue University. She still lives in West Lafayette and is engaged to be married to Phil in 2021. They have 15 nieces and nephews and three cats (Tucker, Bentley & Panther). Jess is a personal trainer, youth exercise specialist & nutrition coach with a local fitness center; and head girls basketball and track & field coach at Klondike Middle School. With LUM, Jess & Phil have volunteered for more than six years including the Community Thanksgiving Feast (pictured).

Jess shares that,

I am most happy when I am helping others 
— both people and animals.” 

She finds inspiration in “young people who give us this bright light and hope for a better future.” She has great empathy for families struggling with poverty and food insecurity. Jess shared that,

My mom did her best but needed help and sometimes we were left feeling worthless, hopeless, sad, scared and confused because we needed that help.

Jess admires LUM, sharing that,

I see all of the LUM staff members working to serve while ‘restoring dignity,’ as stated in the mission statement.

Jess enjoys nature (kayaking, hiking, running, biking, and feeding wild animals), cooking, reading, watching movies, comedy, activism and social justice, being a Purdue & New York Jets fan, watching and playing sports, hanging out at home with Phil, and ranch dressing.

LUM is fortunate to have Jess Avila join the LUM staff.


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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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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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Meet Kathy – LUM Thanksgiving Director



Kathy F. Parker is the new program director for the LUM Community Thanksgiving Celebration. She is responsible for all aspects of the annual LUM Community Thanksgiving Celebration where over 800 free meals will be served on Thanksgiving at Central Presbyterian Church, Lafayette. The event also includes live entertainment, festive decorations and community fellowship.

Kathy grew up in Storrs, Connecticut (home of the University of Connecticut) and now lives in West Lafayette with her husband of 25 years, Brad, and their three children, Allie, Gabe & Caroline. Allie is a senior at Butler University, Gabe is a first-year student at Purdue University and Caroline is a sophomore at West Lafayette High School. They are members of Central Presbyterian Church and have two dogs, Duke and Jax, who they rescued in 2014. Kathy earned a BA in History from Roanoke College (Salem, VA) and an elementary teaching certificate from the University of Rhode Island. With LUM, Kathy serves on the Hunger Hike Fundraising Committee and engaged Central Presbyterian in this year’s fundraising event.

Kathy shares that “it is my mission to consciously live, aware of the needs of others, and the injustice that surrounds us, and purposefully do what little I can to spread light to those around me.” She finds inspiration in “women who are unafraid to boldly speak up for justice.” Kathy is excited about her new role with LUM, and stated that “I love that the mission of LUM is not reserved only for those who call themselves ‘Christian.’ God is much bigger than any one faith, and He finds a way to use all of us. The people who work for LUM are faithful servants of a God who uses everyone to His purpose. It is an honor to be among them.”

Kathy enjoys being active in the community and with her church as well as yoga, coffee with friends and card games with her family. 

LUM is fortunate to have Kathy Parker join the LUM staff.


If you with to donate food for or volunteer at the LUM Community Thanksgiving Celebration, click HERE.


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Meet Josh – LUM Turkey Trot 5K Run Director



Josh J. Prokopy is the new program director for the LUM Turkey Trot 5K Run He is responsible for all aspects of the annual LUM Turkey Trot 5K Run where hundreds of people will run, walk and stroll the 5K course early in the morning on Thanksgiving day (11/23). 

Josh grew up in Conway, Massachusetts and now lives in West Lafayette with his wife, Linda, and their three children, Annabel, Margaret & David. Anabel & Margaret are both 13 years old and in 8th grade at West Lafayette Junior/Senior High School, and David (10) is in 5th grade at Happy Hollow Elementary School, West Lafayette. They are members of Unitarian Universalist Church of Tippecanoe County. Josh earned a bachelor’s in independent concentration from University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a Master’s in Sociology and Master’s in Social Work both from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Josh is active in the community with housing related organizations and with his church.

Josh shares that “my priorities are to raise my family as best I can, to let loose children who care about the world and our future, to better understand the world around me, and to try and make a difference, at least in a small way, within my community.” He finds inspiration in his father, “who was extremely independent minded and hard working, and never cared a hoot for what anyone else thought of him. He lived his own life in his own way, but did so much to enrich the world around him.” Josh is excited about his role with LUM, and stated that “If we can do anything at all to give people a renewed sense of hope, than we’ve made a huge impact in their lives.”

Josh is an avid home-brewer of beer, a writer of young adult fiction and has a 2nd degree black belt in Taekwondo. He belongs to a writer’s critique group in Indianapolis, has two published short stories and a novel in the works. He enjoys being out in nature, and spending time with friends and family engaged in meaningful conversation, “preferably over a glass of excellent home-brewed beer.”

LUM is fortunate to have Josh Prokopy join the LUM staff.


If you wish to participate in or donate to the Turkey Trot 5K Run, click HERE.

Meet Todd – New LUM Shelter Director


Todd P. Wesbrook is the new program director for the LUM Emergency Shelter. He is responsible for the management of and intake process for the overnight emergency shelter and the Winter Warming Station (November – April) and oversees the New Opportunity Grants, a match program which offers financial assistance to shelter guests transitioning into their own home.

Todd grew up in Hillsboro, North Dakota and now lives in West Lafayette with his wife of 26 years, Linda. Todd and Linda have two cats, Faith & TT, and have been members of the White Horse Christian Center for 19 years, where Linda works as the assistant to the senior pastor. Todd earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Mayville State University and a Master of Public Administration from Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville.

Todd shares that he finds inspiration “when people do what is right, though there is no benefit to themselves. Because it is often against our human nature to do so.” Todd’s faith is important to him stating, “I make it a priority to demonstrate the love of Christ, making God my first priority followed by my relationship with my wife and others.” He also agrees with his pastor who has stated, “the only way you lose is if you quit.”

Todd enjoys running, biking and hanging out with his wife and close friends. He loves to laugh so also enjoys a good, clean comedy movie.



Todd is excited about his new role with Lafayette Urban Ministry because it gives him an opportunity to continue his work to help individuals and families get stronger within a Christian ministry. He stated that he “loves the LUM Mission Statement because it focuses on renewal and restoring hope. It is a great privilege and honor to get the opportunity to serve at such a wonderful organization.”

LUM is fortunate to have Todd Wesbrook join the LUM staff.


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A Fond Farewell to Gina Williams-Stith


Gina Williams-Stith, LUM program director, was recognized at a special reception to celebrate her 18 month tenure at LUM. Gina served as the director of the LUM Emergency Shelter and oversaw the Winter Warming Station, New Opportunity Grants and the Shelter Security Staff. As an intern Gina also assisted with Jubilee Christmas and the Tax Assistance Program.

Gina recently completed her Master of Social Work at the IU School of Social Work and will be moving to Crawfordville. The reception included balloons, cake & speeches as well as a Special Proclamation presented by Joe Micon, LUM executive director, on behalf of the LUM Board of Directors and staff.

The proclamation stated that the LUM board does “hereby commend Gina for her gifts of time, talent and treasure to the many homeless individuals served by LUM.” They also thanked her “for her faithfulness and selfless service.”

Best of luck to Gina as she begins a new journey in the field of social work and in ALL of her future endeavors. {Pictured L to R: Joe Micon & Gina Williams-Stith.}