In April 2020, I came to this community thinking Lafayette Urban Ministry was a good nonprofit organization doing many compassionate things. I know now that LUM is a whole lot more than that.
LUM is a beautiful and diverse family.
People from multiple generations, ethnicities, incomes, cultures, and faiths function at LUM as a family with a mission. There is a sincere love and a compelling purpose in this family. The LUM family includes volunteers, donors, staff, and clients.
LUM is a vital resource.
After almost 50 years of day and night ministry in this community, LUM has become a trusted and necessary resource to thousands of people in Greater Lafayette.
LUM is a key community partner.
LUM offers excellent services addressing housing, children, immigration, financial assistance, nutrition and social justice. Yet the needs of the community are far greater than any one organization can meet. LUM partners with a wide array of other organizations and refers clients for clothing, mental health, addiction recovery, judicial, medical and other needs.
LUM is resilient.
The challenges of 2020 did not cause LUM to halt its work of mercy and justice. The challenges of 2020 simply caused LUM to adapt and evolve. LUM never missed a night or day of assisting the most vulnerable members of our community.
If you are reading this, most likely you are part of my beloved LUM family. Thank you for your interest and support. I pray that a healthy sense of pride, belonging, and gratitude wells up in your heart. There is so much to celebrate, in spite of all difficulties.
All glory and thanks to God. “Praise God from whom all blessings flow.…”