LUM Shelter Staff Goes "Above & Beyond"
LUM Shelter Staff Thanked by LUM Board
At last night's meeting, the LUM Board of Directors honored and thanked the LUM Emergency Shelter   staff members for "going above & beyond the call of duty" in their service to LUM shelter guests the first week in February during the "Polar Vortex."

Lafayette Urban Ministry has a shelter protocol for severely cold and snowy weather. During the Polar Vortex, the LUM shelter staff members provided bus transportation from the local day shelter to the LUM Emergency Shelter and Winter Warming Station, opened the Winter Warming Station three hours early, and provided bus transportation back to the local day shelter in the morning in addition to their regular nightly duties. The LUM Board of Directors acknowledged that their work is sincerely appreciated and is saving lives. Pictured above L to R: David Heckert, shelter director; Connie Kepner Davis, shelter staff member; Joan Low, LUM board president; and Joe Micon, LUM executive director.
LUM Reconnect & Restart Bus Ticket Program
A Better Option for Some LUM Shelter Guests
Occasionally the better option for a LUM shelter guest to succeed in getting housing, employment & financial stability is to move. These individuals are willingly "reconnecting" with their family (also willing) in another city/town and "restarting" with better career opportunities, better housing options and a strong family support system. After careful review and approval, the shelter guest is provided a one-way bus tickets to their new home. In 2018, this program served 37 guests providing $4,662 in bus tickets to various places across the country including New York, California and Texas.
Meet the LUM Shelter Security Staff
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 LUM shelter staff members manage the nightly operations of the LUM Emergency Shelter & Winter Warming Station. They are as follows (pictured L to R above):
  • Connie Kepner Davis - Connie grew up in Mt. Summit, lived for many years in Tennessee and now lives in Fowler. She has four grown children and 10 grandchildren (with one on the way). Connie is a member of White Horse Christian Center
  • Jamie Volom - Jamie is from Hammond and now lives in Lafayette. He is a certified recovery coach and works with A Better Life Brianna's Hope. Jamie leads the recovery group at the LUM Emergency Shelter. He is a member of Trinity United Methodist Church.
  • Louis Sausa - Lou is from Long Island, NY and now lives in Lafayette with his wife of five years, Katey. He earned a BS in General Studies with minors in Sociology, Psychology & History from Ball State University.
  • Davie Heckert - LUM Emergency Shelter director. See his bio HERE.
  • Alex Tarr - Alex grew up and lives in Rossville. He earned professional certification from the Computing Technology Industry Association through Ivy Tech Community College. Alex served in the US Army for four years as a tank mechanic.
  • Nikolas Ballard (not pictured) - Nikolas is originally from New Mexico and grew up and now lives in Lafayette. He graduated from McCutcheon High School and served in the US Marines Corp (Okinawa, Japan) for three and a half years. Nikolas is also a musician and song writer.

LUM is fortunate to have such a dedicated, caring and hard-working shelter team.
LUM Follies 2019 - Save the Date - Fri., May 3
Support Local Families in Crisis - Attend Follies
Save the Date for the  8th annual LUM Good Samaritan Fund Follies .  The event is a lighthearted evening of fine dining, entertainment, fun & good company — filled with delightful surprises. The best part is that 100% of the proceeds from this event go to the LUM Good Samaritan Fund , an emergency financial assistance program that supports local families. LUM Follies’ Details and Schedule are as follows:
  • Friday, May 3
  • St. Andrew United Methodist Church, 4703 N 50 W, West Lafayette, Indiana
  • Price: $50 per person; $400 per table (max. 8)
  • 5:30 p.m. — Reception & Silent Auction; 6:30 p.m. — Dinner; 7:30 p.m. — Follies Entertainment
  • Make your reservations ($50 per person; $400 per table) online HERE or by calling 765-423-2691.
  • If you wish to be an Event Sponsoremail or call us
The   LUM Good Samaritan Fund   is an emergency financial assistance program which provides our community’s neediest families and children with a strong and reliable safety net. Help is offered for utility bills, rent, and prescription medications. In 2018 , financial assistance was provided  1,780 times , and  $109,784  was shared.
Music Ministry Festival Benefits LUM
First United Methodist Church - THIS Sunday
First United Methodist Church  presents the 7th Annual Music Ministries Benefit Festival in support of the programs & services of Lafayette Urban Ministry. The details are as follows:
  • Music Ministries Benefit Festival
  • THIS Sunday, February 24
  • 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
  • First United Methodist Church, 1700 State Rd 26 W, West Lafayette
  • FREE - No tickets required

The Festival will feature the  Chancel Choir and Ladies Ensemble, Children's Chime Choir, Youth and Adult Handbell Choirs, His In Song, Organ and Piano Duo, and Wind Quintet. Refreshments will be available. A free-will offering will be requested which benefits both Lafayette Urban Ministry and another local agency. For more information call 765.743.1285 or email ewilson@fumcwl.org .