Continued Support for Families & Children
Wes's Weekly Wrap Up: "Two Things"
In this edition of Wes's Weekly Wrap Up, he reflects on two things: "a little bit about himself & an overview of LUM." Please take 119 seconds to watch the video. Feel free to SHARE & use in your groups to make them aware of the services offered by LUM.
Got Milk? The LUM Protein Food Pantry Does!
Free Gallon of Milk to the First 50 Families
Each week in June, the LUM Protein Food Pantry will be offering a free gallon of milk to the first 50 families. Greater Lafayette Commerce is assisting Prairie Farms in distributing gallons of milk to local families in need. This partnership was made possible due to the USDA Farmers to Families program, which buys excess dairy products from farmers affected by COVID-19 and gives them to food pantries and homeless shelters like LUM's. Nina Morgan, LUM food pantry director, and the volunteers pick up 50 gallons of milk on Wednesday, store it at Lafayette Brewing Company, and distribute it to local families on Thursday morning during the food pantry operating hours. Pictured L to R are Bernie Graser, LUM volunteer, and Greg Emig, Lafayette Brewing Company owner. This collaborative effort is heartwarming and beneficial to the families and children served by the LUM Protein Food Pantry and the guests in the LUM Emergency Shelter.
LUM Students Get Surprise from Laura's Kids
Bags Filled with Treats for Each LUM Student
The summer started with a surprise bag of treats for each of the students enrolled in the LUM After School Program & 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program . This gift was made possible by " Laura's Kids ," a nonprofit created in memory of Laura Williams by her sister and brother-in-law, Nancy & Greg Emig , owners of Lafayette Brewing Company.

Laura Williams graduated from Chesterton High School and was a junior at Purdue University when she passed away unexpectedly in 2001. Laura had a special gift for working with children, and her goal was to become a child life specialist working with children with disabilities. In addition to Laura's Kids, there is a memorial scholarship at Purdue for students in Human Development & Family Studies.

Dozens of gift bags were assembled by Laura's family, Nancy, Carly, Cindy, Millie and Joe Emig; and were given to the children by their "reading partner," Bayley (the dog pictured above with Carly). On behalf of the LUM students, THANK YOU to Laura's Kids, the Emig Family and our friends at Lafayette Brewing Company.
LUM Awarded $23,679 in Federal Support
Emergency Food & Shelter Program - $13,679
Lafayette Urban Ministry has been recently awarded $13,679 in Phase 37 Emergency Food and Shelter Program funding. EFSP is a program of the federal government designed to quickly provide emergency relief to those in our nation with critical housing and shelter needs.

This award will have a tremendous positive impact on LUM’s ability to assist families with critical housing expenses through the LUM Good Samaritan Fund  and to offer emergency housing to individuals in transition at the LUM Emergency Shelter .
CARES Act - $10,000 for Homeless Services
Lafayette Urban Ministry has also been awarded a $10,000 grant made possible by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. This money is designated to provide emergency shelter for individuals experiencing homelessness including shelter operating costs, expansion of shelter and essential services for shelter guests and their families. This award will ensure that the LUM Emergency Shelter may still operate during this crisis and provide support to those trying to avoid or transition out of homelessness.
Tippecanoe COVID-19 Hotline Launched
LUM Housing & Stability Assistance
Earlier this month, the Tippecanoe COVID-19 Housing & Stability Hotline was launched. This community resource will connect households struggling to pay rent, mortgages, and utilities during the COVID-19 pandemic to the LUM Good Samaritan Program along with other organizations equipped to provide aid. Hotline operators will ask a series of questions, determine the best resource to direct callers to, and provide a warm connection to that resource. The goal is to remove obstacles and reduce the amount of time between requests for aid and delivery of support.

The Housing & Stability Hotline is a partnership between United Way Greater Lafayette, The Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette, The City of Lafayette, and Lafayette Urban Ministry, a partner organizations. The hotline can be reached by phone or text at 765-201-0668, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Calls will be returned within one business day. Residents may also complete an online form online by visiting
We at LUM Affirm that Black Lives DO Matter
Like the rest of the world, LUM is deeply troubled by recent events. The LUM Board of Directors and staff members wish to communicate the follow message to the community.