LUM's Impact on the Community - So Far
Wes's Weekly Wrap Up:
"Offering Support & Strength to Local Families"
In this edition of Wes's Weekly Wrap Up, he reflects on "LUM's Impact on Local Families & Children" so far this year. Please take 58 seconds to watch the video.
LUM Program Statistics - January-April 2020
Impact on Local Families & Children - So Far
During the first four months of 2020, Lafayette Urban Ministry was committed to staying open for business, offering rapid help & hope to 1,469 local households through one or more of our 16 programs.

During the crisis, LUM continued to offer local families financial & food assistance, immigration services, and shelter for those experiencing homelessness. Families were strengthened, and children were educated.
LUM program details for January - April 2020 are as follows:

  • Emergency Shelter for the homeless—248 individuals were provided overnight accommodations 4,222 times.
  • Good Samaritan Fund—$35,460 in direct cash assistance was provided to 408 households.
  • ID Clinic—48 individuals were served.
  • Immigration Clinic—137 individuals were served.
  • New Opportunity Fund—3 individuals received grants to move into their own homes.
  • Protein Food Pantry—301 households were served.
  • Tax Assistance Program (free income tax preparation for low-wage workers)—270 tax returns filed from mid-January through mid-March. Tax refunds and credits totaling $386,730 were returned to those households — an average refund of $1,432 per household. The average annual adjusted gross income for those served by the program was $24,580.
  • Winter Warming Station—177 individuals used the Winter Warming Station for a total of 554 visits.

  • 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program (started on May 26)—40 children are currently enrolled.
  • After School Program61 Kindergarten through 8th grade students participated in the program during the 2019 - 2020 school year, which ended when local schools closed on March 23.
  • LUM Camp—64 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.
Major Donations to LUM - January-May 2020
Several Significant Donations Totaling $166,000
LUM relies on donations from individuals and groups to offer programs that strengthen families & children in our community. Since January, LUM has been blessed with several significant gifts & grants totaling $166,000 . They are as follows:
  • LUM Good Samaritan Program has been awarded a $35,000 gift ($15,000 in March & $20,000 in May) from the Tippecanoe COVID-19 Response Fund, created by United Way of Greater Lafayette, The Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette and Greater Lafayette Commerce.
  • Purdue Crew Team hosted Row-a-Thon and typically donates half of the proceeds to the LUM Good Samaritan Fund. After Purdue Crew’s competition year was cut short due to COVID-19, they decided to donate ALL of the proceeds to LUM, totaling $27,693.
  • In honor of Joe Micon's 41 years of service to LUM and the community, more than $73,000 was donated and raised at the LUM Retirement Follies event. Joe Micon, immediate past LUM executive director, retired earlier this year, and he and his family generously requested and encouraged individuals to make a donation to LUM in lieu of retirement gifts.
  • LUM Homeless Services was recommended for Community Development Block Grants, and will be awarded $14,846 from the City of Lafayette and $6,444 from the City of West Lafayette — totaling $21,290.
  • The McAllister Foundation recently awarded the LUM Youth Programs a $12,100 grant.
  • The Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette has awarded to LUM a COVID-19 “Rapid Response Grant” for $4,000.
  • LUM was awarded a gift of $7,500 from Glick Philanthropies through the Glick Community Relief Fund, a grant program to help local nonprofits continue to respond to those impacted by COVID-19.

Lafayette Urban Ministry is grateful for the support from individuals, foundations, agencies, student organizations, groups, churches, and businesses — especially during times like these. This support has enabled LUM to rapidly assist families in crisis due to COVID-19 as well as offer a safe place for those experiencing homelessness. If you wish to make in an investment in the families and children of our community, make a donation online at .
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Planning for a Better Tomorrow
Hunger Hike  (Sunday, September 20 )
Join us in the Fight Against Hunger — locally, regionally & globally — by participating in Hunger Hike 2020 . Hunger Hike offers many ways for individuals, churches, groups, organizations, teams, families and companies to raise funds to fight hunger. Walk and raise funds on your own or create a Team and raise funds as a group. Make a donation online, support a Team & become a Corporate Sponsor.
Hunger Hike benefits Lafayette Urban Ministry Food Programs, Food Finders Food Bank, Inc. and St. Thomas Aquinas Haiti Ministry. If an outdoor event is not feasible the committee is exploring a virtual event. Find everything you need to start fundraising on the Hunger Hike website — go to
Port of Hope  (Thursday, November 5 )
– Port of Hope is an evening fundraising event in support of the LUM  Immigration Clinic . For many families in our community the LUM Immigration Clinic is their “Port of Hope.” Please support the work of the LUM Immigration Clinic by attending Port of Hope. Port of Hope is a festive event with lots of food from local restaurants, a Market Place featuring unique experiences and items from around the world and entertainment by musicians from around the world.
(Thursday, November 28 )
– Start off your Thanksgiving day with the Turkey Trot 5K Run at 8 a.m. on the Cattail Trail Loop, Celery Bog Nature Area, West Lafayette. Runners, walkers, dogs, strollers, wagons & turkey hats are welcome. All Turkey Trot 5K Run proceeds benefit local families through the programs and services at Lafayette Urban Ministry.
Community Thanksgiving Celebration  (Thursday, November 28 )
– The LUM Greater Lafayette Interfaith Community Thanksgiving Celebration is on Thanksgiving Day from noon to 2 p.m. at Central Presbyterian Church (Lafayette). More than 800 people will be served dinner and dessert, and you may be a part of this special program by preparing food, volunteering or making a donation.
(Saturday, December 12 )
– LUM Jubilee Christmas serves more than 600 families impacting more than 1,800 children. Parents visit one of dozens of churches and shop for their children. In addition to the toys and clothes, each family also receives a ham and homemade cookies to make Christmas dinner special too.
COVID-19 Response Planning for these events is well underway. LUM is monitoring the COVID-19 situation daily, and the health and safety of our participants, volunteers and staff members are the highest priority. The event planning teams are hopeful that these events will be better than ever this year, and alternative plans are being explored for virtual or mix platform programs. Check the LUM website for the most up-to-date information on each event. PLEASE - Save the dates and support LUM and these important events.