LUM's Impact So Far This Year is Remarkable
Wes's Weekly Wrap Up - LUM Day for Dads & More
In this edition of Wes's Weekly Wrap Up, Wes Tillett, LUM executive director, shares information on LUM Day for Dads, reflects on the first six months of 2021 and highlights the upcoming Fall events. Please take 58 seconds to watch the video and SHARE with others.
LUM's Impact in the First Half of 2021
Historic Moments & 1,400 Local Households Served
During the first six months of 2021, Lafayette Urban Ministry provided rapid help to 1,400 local households through one or more of our 16 programs and opened a new Food Pantry in West Lafayette (see picture of the Ribbon Cutting above) and "launched" a new LUM logo. Thanks to friends like you, LUM was able to offer local families financial & food assistance, immigration services, and shelter for those experiencing homelessness. Families were given much needed support, and children were given a safe and loving environment for remote learning, after school care and enhanced summer child care & summer camp. LUM program details for the first half of 2021 are as follows:
  • Emergency Shelter for the homeless—212 individuals were provided overnight accommodations 4,018 times
  • Good Samaritan Fund$92,913 in direct cash assistance was provided to 651 households
  • ID Clinic87 individuals were served
  • Immigration Clinic60 individuals were served
  • New Opportunity Fund1 individual received a grant to move into their own home
  • Protein Food Pantry & NEW Westside Food Pantry146 households served for total of 684 times, including 31 families visiting the Westside Food Pantry, which opened in May 2021
  • Tax Assistance Program (free income tax preparation for low-wage workers)—242 tax returns filed from January through April. Tax refunds and credits totaling $373,176 were returned to those households, with an average refund of $1,542 per household. The average annual adjusted gross income for those served by the program was $21,176
  • Winter Warming Station160 individuals used the Winter Warming Station for a total of 778 visits
  • 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program 64 children are currently enrolled (one student is pictured)
  • After School Program60 Kindergarten through 8th grade students participated in the program during the 2020 - 2021 school year
  • LUM Camp80 children, 40 counselors and 25 program leaders will be in attendance at this overnight summer camp for children (8 to 10 years old) during the last week of July
Thank you for your continued support of the LUM mission with your donations and service as a volunteer. LUM could not provide these programs and services without you.
LUM Camp Needs YOU! Join the Team
LUM Counselors LOVE Their Camp Experience
LUM Camp will be the best week of your summer. Our LUM Camp volunteers consistently share how much they LOVE their camp experience. A few LUM Camp volunteer-counselors recently shared the following:
Being a LUM Camp Counselor was a highlight of my summer.

I was so excited to finally become a counselor after being a camper myself -- that’s how memorable LUM Camp was for me as a kid! It only made sense to return that experience to today’s LUM Campers.
As a LUM Camp Counselor of seven years, not only have I been able to experience the joys of camp alongside children in need, but I also have found a career in social work.

LUM Camp is truly an amazing opportunity for youth to see their own worth and have the fun they deserve.

All year I look forward to being a LUM camp counselor.

God has blessed me with this opportunity to be a happy moment in the lives of these children. My heart swells when a former camper becomes a counselor -- it proves the power of positive experiences.
During the LUM Summer of Service, there is no better way to volunteer than being a LUM Camp counselor! Counselors are needed from 11 a.m. Monday, July 26 to 4 p.m. Friday, July 30. Volunteer camp counselors must be at least 18 years old, enjoy working with children and be able to spend the entire week at camp. Make this the year that YOU make a difference in the lives of local children -- and receive as much as you give. To learn more about becoming a LUM Camp Volunteer Counselor, click HERE.
Summer is a Time for Fun & Reflection
Would You Consider a Legacy Gift with LUM?
Summertime is often a time for reflection and planning. Many of us are spending more time outdoors with our family & friends — while being cautious and staying healthy.

At LUM, plans have begun for upcoming programs like Hunger HikePort of Hope, Community Thanksgiving and Jubilee Christmas. Your summer planning could include fun as well as creating a personal legacy by continuing your support of Lafayette Urban Ministry beyond your own lifetime. By creating a legacy through Planned Giving your support of the LUM ministry will continue in perpetuity.

It’s a win-win Estate Planning strategy. In addition to the altruistic benefits, your charitable gift to Lafayette Urban Ministry brings tax relief — and also allows you to make a larger gift to LUM than you could make from your income alone. Whether you use cash, appreciated securities/stock, real estate, artwork, partnership interests, personal property, life insurance or a retirement plan, the benefits of Estate Planned Gifts can make this type of donation attractive to you as a well as LUM. Consider also remembering Lafayette Urban Ministry in your will.

Consult with your professional advisor to learn how informed estate planning can increase the overall value of your estate with a gift of tax-burdened assets (like IRAs, 401(k), or savings bonds) to Lafayette Urban Ministry. We hope you would consider a legacy gift that would support Lafayette Urban Ministry in your plans. We are ready and willing to help you leave a legacy and fulfill your philanthropic goals of supporting LUM. If you are interested in beginning the conversation, please email or call Wes Tillett, LUM executive director ( | 765-423-2691).

Whatever you decide — enjoy your summer with your family and friends — and think for a moment about the mission of Lafayette Urban Ministry and the families we serve.
A Glimpse at the Fall Happenings at LUM
Mark Your Calendars - Save the Dates - Engage
HUNGER HIKE | Sunday, September 19 at 1 p.m. | Riehle Plaza, Lafayette, IN

PORT of HOPE - the Immigration Clinic Fundraiser | Thursday, November 4 at 5:30 p.m. | Lafayette Brewing Co., Lafayette, IN

TURKEY TROT 5K Run | Thursday, November 25 at 8 a.m. | Celery Bog Nature Area, West Lafayette, IN
Community THANKSGIVING Feast | Thursday, November 25 at Noon | Central Presbyterian Church, Lafayette, IN