Lafayette Urban Ministry Responds to Arctic Blast
Wes's Weekly Wrap Up - Creative Generosity
In this edition of Wes's Weekly Wrap Up, Wes Tillett, LUM executive director, shares a few examples of "creative generosity" from the members of our community in support of Lafayette Urban Ministry. Please take 58 seconds to watch the video and SHARE with others.
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 below).

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 meals, supplies and volunteers.
Row-A-Thon - THIS Saturday - Benefits LUM
Proceeds Benefit Local Families & Children
Purdue Rowing Team presents “Row-A-Thon 2021” in support of the LUM Good Samaritan Fund. Each year, the Purdue Rowing Team sponsors “Row-A-Thon” in support of the LUM Good Samaritan Fund. Row-A-Thon is an all-day event, where the co-ed team members row a marathon of 20,000 meters in three hours on indoor rowing machines while raising funds for LUM. Purdue Crew president, Kelsey D’Amico shared that, "Row-A-Thon is a long-standing tradition of Purdue Crew, and a fundraiser we are once again extremely excited and proud to be able to run for those in need, especially amid the COVID-19 pandemic. It is a great way for our athletes to put in hard work toward their training while helping the community in a genuinely impactful way!"

DETAILS for the Purdue Row-A-Thon 2021 are as follows:
  • THIS Saturday, February 13 | 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Recreational Sports Center – Purdue (due to COVID-19, it's a closed event)
  • Live Online Updates to stay up-to-date on Row-A-Thon progress, go to Purdue Crew's Instagram, Facebook or Website

Row-A-Thon is one of the largest fundraisers for LUM each year. You may make a donation by mail or online. The instructions are are as follows:
  1. Go to and click the GIVE NOW button & Enter amount
  2. In the search field for designation, scroll down and choose “Other” under Other Designations at the end of the list -- Type “Purdue Crew” into the box
  3.  Fill out the remaining online fields
More information:
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 2020, the Good Samaritan Fund served 2,017 families; provided financial assistance in averting eviction, utility disconnects and other to crises 1,393 times; and shared $229,833.82. Please note: the funds raised from Row-a-thon will be split 50/50 between LUM and Purdue Crew Team.
Central Catholic Students Focus on Homelessness
LUM Presentation, Change Drive & Care Packages
As a part of Catholic Schools Week 2021, Briton Weise, LUM Emergency Shelter director, was invited to speak via Zoom to the students at Central Catholic Jr-Sr High School about homelessness and homeless services at LUM. Robert Storey, the director of campus ministry at Central Catholic, and the campus ministry staff coordinated two events benefitting the LUM Emergency Shelter. The entire student body collected items and created "care packages" and also participated in a "change drive." The care packages contain a variety of items including gloves, hats, scarves, socks, hand & toe warmers, and prayer cards. The change drive is on track to raise more than $1,000 for the shelter as well. The care packages are available to all of the shelter guests each night and LUM clients. They are also available on a "clothes line" hanging outside the LUM Office (pictured). LUM is blessed to have such active Catholic schools in Lafayette with students and staff committed to supporting the good work of Lafayette Urban Ministry. Go Knights!