LUM Staff Retreat - Time to Learn & Be Better
Wes's Weekly Wrap Up - Community Hospitality
In this edition of Wes's Weekly Wrap Up, Wes Tillett, LUM executive director, shares that he loves being a community where "shelter & hospitality" is a team effort especially during the winter months. Please take 68 seconds to watch the video and SHARE with others.
LUM Annual Staff Retreat at MatchBOX
Topic: Building an Antiracist Workplace at LUM
Recently, the Lafayette Urban Ministry staff members participated in a daylong, professional development retreat at the MatchBOX Coworking Studio, Lafayette. The LUM Staff Retreat is an annual opportunity to pause, learn, interact & be better.

The topic was, "Building an Antiracist Workplace." The interactive workshop was led by Dr. Jacqueline M. Gatson (Cooper Gatson & Associates and Purdue Engineering), and covered cultural identity, hidden bias, micro-aggression, stereotype threat, bodily racist, and behavioral racism. Dr. Gatson encouraged conversations to bring awareness to racism in our work and created a safe space for everyone to share their experiences openly. It was powerful retreat. Each staff member was open-minded, eager to learn and excited to grow.

Using the MatchBOX studio with enhanced technology and social distancing as well as allowing staff to attend remotely, the retreat was safe and successful. Staff members also had an opportunity to learn more about each other — creating a stronger team. Special THANKS to Dr. Gatson, everyone at MatchBOX, and the Tippecanoe County Public Library for making this year's LUM Staff Retreat the best retreat ever. To view more PHOTOS from the retreat, click HERE.
LUM Shelter – CARES Act Grant $17,500
Funding to Support Homeless Services at LUM
The LUM Emergency Shelter has recently been awarded a $17,500 grant from the City of West Lafayette through the Community Development Block Grant program made possible by the CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security). This money will cover the unique costs incurred by the LUM Emergency Shelter as a result of COVID-19.

This award will ensure that the LUM Emergency Shelter may continue to operate during this crisis and every night of the year, while providing support to those trying to avoid or transition out of homelessness 

This award will ensure that the LUM Emergency Shelter may continue to operate during this crisis while providing support to those trying to avoid or transition out of homelessness. The funding will make it easier for LUM to continue following and exceeding all of the recommended COVID-19 health & safety protocols. LUM is grateful for the continued support of and partnership with the City of West Lafayette.
Row-A-Thon - Greatest Fundraising Spectacle
It's Not Too Late to Donate & Support LUM
This past Saturday, the Purdue Rowing Team held their annual “Row-A-Thon” event. Each member of the co-ed team rowed a marathon of 20,000 meters in three hours on indoor rowing machines while raising funds for the LUM Good Samaritan Fund.

If you missed Row-A-Thon, you may still make a donation by mail or online (click HERE). Please make checks payable and mail your checks to: Purdue Crew Row-A-Thon, 355 N. Martin Jischke Drive, West Lafayette, IN 47907. Thanks to Purdue Crew president, Kelsey D'Amico, Head Coach David Kucik, and the entire rowing team and coaching staff for their continued support of Lafayette Urban MinistryPlease note: the funds raised from Row-A-Thon will be split 50/50 between LUM and Purdue Crew Team.
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.
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