Generous Donation & COVID-19 Updates
"Wes's Weekly Wrap Up" Video - Finding Grace
In this edition of Wes's Weekly Wrap Up, he reflects on finding the grace in each day, while LUM continues to serve local families & children and the community continues to support LUM so generously. Please take a few seconds to watch the video.
Purdue Crew Students Donate $27,693
Annual Row-A-Thon Benefits LUM Families
Each February, the Purdue Crew Team hosts the Row-a-Thon  fundraising event and donates half of the proceeds to the LUM Good Samaritan Fund . After Row-A-Thon this year, their competition year was cut short due to COVID-19, and the team decided to donate ALL of the proceeds to LUM, totaling $27,693 $10,850 more than last year.

The check was presented in a video conference by Purdue Crew President Henri Laliberte & Head Coach David Kucik to Wes Tillett, LUM executive director, and Linda Hicks, LUM Good Samaritan Program director who were surprised and genuinely overwhelmed by their generosity. Please take a minute to watch the presentation video.
The LUM Good Samaritan Program  provides our community’s neediest families and children with a strong & reliable safety net. Emergency financial assistance is available for utility bills, rent, prescription medications, work clothes, and food. No operating expenses are taken out of the Good Samaritan Fund 100% of all donations go to help those in need. In 2019, assistance was provided through the LUM Good Samaritan Program   1,783 times , totaling $103,616.73 .
Back On Track - Focused on Health & Safety
Open for Business with Strict Protocols
Through Memorial Day, LUM will continue to offer local families financial & food assistance, immigration services, and shelter for those experiencing homelessness. On May 26, the LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program will begin with 45 students enrolled. Decisions about how LUM operates in June & July will be made in the next few weeks. Planning for LUM Camp is moving forward, with firm resolve that our 57-year tradition will continue in one form or another. Here are more details on how LUM continues to serve local families in our community today.
 
LUM Office  - 420 N 4th Street, Lafayette, IN
  • Phones are staffed from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Monday – Friday
  • No in-person visitors or clients are permitted
  • CDC & state guidelines will be followed and exceeded
  • Staff who are able to work from home will continue to do so
  • DONATIONS of COVID-19 Supplies accepted. To learn more and see our list of needed items, click HERE.

Assistance Programs

Food Programs -   Protein Food Pantry  (525 N 4th Street, Lafayette)
  • Open – Thursdays, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.; offering to-go, outside service only
  • Staff & volunteers must get temperature checked, wash hands (or disinfect), wear a mask before entering building; and must wear a mask and face shield when working with clients
  • CDC & state guidelines will be followed and exceeded
  • DONATIONS of protein food items, paper products, infant supplies & feminine hygiene products are needed and welcome. To learn more and see our list of needed items, click HERE.

Homeless Services - Emergency Shelter  (525 N 4th Street, Lafayette, IN)
  • Guests, staff & volunteers must get temperature checked, wash hands (or disinfect) and wear masks before entering building
  • Staff & volunteers wear masks and face shields when working with guests
  • Social distancing during meal and while sleeping
  • CDC & state guidelines will be followed and exceeded
  • DONATIONS – Meals are needed every evening. Please consider preparing a meal for our shelter guests. To learn more and sign up online, please click HERE.

Youth Programs
  • 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program (May 26 – August 7)
  • Online applications being accepted
  • Staff & volunteers must get temperature checked, wash hands (or disinfect), wear masks, and wear masks and face shields when working with parents
  • Students must get temperature checked, wash hands (or disinfect) and must wear masks
  • CDC & state guidelines will be followed and exceeded
  • LUM Camp (July 28 – 31)
  • Online applications being accepted
  • CDC & state guidelines will be followed and exceeded
  • Volunteer Camp Counselors NEEDED – learn more & apply HERE
Urgent Need - COVID-19 Disinfectant Items
COVID-19 Supplies - High Demand, Urgent Need
As Lafayette Urban Ministry continues to serve local families and prepare for expanding in-person services, the supplies required by the CDC and state have been very difficult to find. Below are four of our most recent " donation heroes ." Pictured clockwise are Amy Engers donating disinfectant wipes, toilet paper and paper towels; Mammaw's Sweet Shoppe donating food; Connie Decker donating face masks; and Issac Leichty donating paper towels.
THANK YOU to all of the families, churches and groups that have given their love and support to LUM during this crisis. A list of the COVID-19 supplies that are "out of stock" and LUM urgently needs are as follows:
  • Bleach
  • Disinfectant Spray (Lysol)
  • Disinfectant Wipes
  • Latex Gloves, Vinyl Gloves
  • Liquid Soap (1 gal.)
  • Hand Sanitizer (2 L)
  • Hand Wipes - Disinfecting
  • Paper Towels, Toilet Paper
If you, your church, your company or your family wish to make a cash donation or a donation of "needed items," click HERE .
Prepare a Meal for the LUM Shelter Guests
Individuals, Families, Churches & Companies
If you, your church, your company or your family wish to  Prepare a Meal  for the LUM Emergency Shelter , your options are as follows:
  • Prepare & Serve | Prepare & Drop-off
  • Donate the Cost of Meal
  • Donate Food for a Meal

Meals are needed on May 14, May 26 and several dates in June (9, 15, 19, 20, 29 & 30). For more information on preparing shelter meals and to SIGN UP ONLINE , click HERE.