Remembering LUM During These Holy Days
Consider a Legacy Gift to LUM
The Lenten Season ended yesterday and Passover began last night. Many of us have been spending time “ preparing ” through prayer (justice towards God), fasting (justice toward self), and almsgiving (justice toward your neighbors). As you reflect on giving — perhaps you would consider a legacy gift to LUM — an organization pledged to fighting for justice for you and your neighbors.
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 well as LUM.

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 will remember Lafayette Urban Ministry in your will.

Once you’re ready, let us know. Wes Tillett, LUM executive director, is eager to meet with you to help you leave a legacy and fulfill your giving goals of supporting LUM. All you have to do is email or call Wes Tillett to begin the process ( wtillett@lumserve.org | 765-423-2691). More information on giving to LUM may be found at   lumserve.org/donate .

Whatever you decide — LUM sincerely hopes you have a blessed holiday.
"Three Things," A Message from Wes Tillett
LUM Receives $15,000 for COVID-19 Relief
Tippecanoe COVID-19 Response Fund
Lafayette Urban Ministry has been awarded a gift of $15,000 from the Tippecanoe COVID-19 Response Fund . The fund was created by United Way of Greater Lafayette, The Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette, and Greater Lafayette Commerce, who announced a joint effort to bring relief to the area’s most vulnerable individuals and families. LUM has become a funded partner agency as our community begins to experience the short-term and long-term impacts of the coronavirus outbreak. 

The monies will be distributed through the LUM Good Samaritan Program to seniors, children and low-income families to help with recovery, including rent, utility, and prescription medication assistance; access to childcare for families effected by closures; and services and shelter for people experiencing homelessness who lack the resources to stay safe. Thank you to United Way of Greater Lafayette, The Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette, and Greater Lafayette Commerce for designating LUM a partner in the important initiative.
Double Your Donation to LUM TODAY
COVID-19 Corporate Match Gift Programs
In response to the COVID-19 crisis, many businesses have begun to offer Matching Gift programs. Through these match programs, corporations agree to financially match the donations their employees make to nonprofit organizations like Lafayette Urban Ministry . Corporations implementing these programs are able to give back to their communities, specifically to the organizations about which their employees care.

Check with your HR department and see if they are participating in a Match Program. Make a donation to LUM and double your donation and double your impact. Because we are, " Stronger Together (but six feet apart)."
LUM's COVID-19 Response & Social Distancing
LUM Staff Meeting & Shelter Intake
This week, Wes Tillett presided over his first staff meeting as the LUM executive director. Of course it was a remote, video staff meeting. Because many LUM staff members have not "seen" each other in more than two weeks, the energy was high. The mood was collaborative, focused and compassionate. The meeting ended with each staff member even more determined to find a way to support local children and families by continuing to keep LUM open for business.

Below is another example of the creativity and commitment being shown during the COVID-19 crisis. Dave Heckert , LUM Emergency Shelter director, signs up individuals for the homeless shelter using the glass-enclosed-foyer of the LUM Office building to protect the guests and himself.
The LUM Emergency Shelter and Protein Food Pantry remain open with strict protocols to keep everyone safe. The LUM Good Samaritan Program (emergency financial assistance) and Immigration Clinic are serving clients using online forms, email and the phone.

Please remember LUM during this difficult time. Your gifts of cash donations ($5, $10, $50, $100 or $500), needed items (cleaning supplies, food pantry items & shelter meals), and time ( volunteer at the shelter or food pantry) are GREATLY appreciated and needed.
LUM Camp 2020 Needs YOU This Summer
Thinking about & Planning for a Better Tomorrow
Plans for LUM Camp 2020 are moving forward because, at LUM, we're thinking about and planning for a better tomorrow.

LUM Camp needs you! Would you, or someone you know, love being a volunteer  LUM Camp Counselor ?

LUM Camp is a week-long, over-night camp program for low-income children from 8 to 10 years old. Volunteer camp counselors must be 18 years old, enjoy working with children and be able to spend the entire week at camp (11 a.m. Monday, July 27 to 4 p.m. Friday, July 31 ). For additional information, click  HERE . PLEASE SHARE.
LUM wishes you & your family a wonderful Easter and a Happy Passover!

Please note: the LUM Office will be closed on Friday, April 10 for Good Friday
but the LUM Emergency Shelter will be open regular hours.