Three Ways to Support LUM Today
Donations | Needed Items | Shelter Meals
During times like these it is important to give wisely. LUM is a great investment in your local community.

A collaboration of 47 local churches , LUM serves as a social safety net for children and families who are experiencing difficult times. Last year, Lafayette Urban Ministry served more than 3,792 families through one or another of our 22 programs .

Here are three ways you, your organization and your business can support and invest in Lafayette Urban Ministry.

  1. CASH DONATIONS are preferred because they allow LUM to purchase what is needed, when it’s needed. To give online, go to
  2. MEALS — Prepare a meal for the guests at the LUM Emergency Shelter. You may prepare & serve meals –OR– just drop off your prepared meal –OR– donate food that the LUM staff can prepare, like bread, deli meats, and large cans of soup, stew & chili. For more information and to sign up, go to
  3. NEEDED ITEMS—Donations of “needed items” are also welcome and appreciated. To view the LUM Wishlist of Needed Items, go to You may either ship or drop off items to the LUM Office (420 N 4th Street, Lafayette, IN 47901). Here is a list of “COVID-19 Supplies” that are urgently needed now:
  • Disinfectant (for surfaces) – bleach, wipes (Lysol, Clorox), spray (Lysol), cleaner (Fantasik, 409, Clorox)
  • Hand Cleaning – antibacterial wipes, gloves (nitrile disposable), hand sanitizer, liquid hand soap
  • Paper Products – paper towels, facial tissues, toilet paper

To give online, go to . To view the LUM Wishlist of Needed Items , go to /. THANK YOU.
COVID-19 Update - LUM Programs Information
LUM is Open for Business - Safety & Compliance
LUM is open for business, but “how” LUM serves the families in our community has been modified to keep everyone as safe as possible. Below is information on how LUM is continuing to serve the families in our community today.
LUM Office  – 420 N 4th Street, Lafayette, IN
  • Phones staffed from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Monday – Friday
  • No in-person visitors or clients allowed

Assistance Programs

Children’s Programs/Youth Programs

Food Programs –  Protein Food Pantry  (525 N 4th Street, Lafayette)
  • Open – Thursdays, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.; offering to-go, curbside service only
  • 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)
  • Open nightly, with a strict protocol for intake, check in, dinner service and sleeping arrangements
  • Intake – 1:30 p.m., LUM Office 420 N 4th Street, Lafayette
  • 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.
  • Winter Warming Station is closed until November 15, 2020 allowing staff to focus on the Emergency Shelter
LUM Emergency Shelter to Benefit from Grants
Twin Cities Recommend $21,290 to LUM
Lafayette Urban Ministry has recently been recommended for two significant Community Development Block Grants from both the City of Lafayette & the City of West Lafayette.

LUM will be awarded $14,846 from Lafayette and $6,444 from West Lafayette — totaling $21,290.

CDBG is an important resource for local governments in their efforts to provide both transitional and permanent housing, as well as supportive services, to families and individuals experiencing homelessness. This grant money will be used to support our clients experiencing homelessness.

Thanks to David Heckert, LUM Emergency Shelter director, for his work on these grants.
LUM Camp Needs You! This Summer - July 27-31
Be a Camp Counselor - Support a Camper
As we think about a better tomorrow, why not sign up to be a volunteer LUM Camp Counselor this year.

LUM Camp is a week-long, overnight camp program for low-income children from 8 to 10 years old. Volunteer camp counselors must be at least 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, 2020).

If you would rather support LUM Camp with a donation, consider sponsoring a camper for $150. PLEASE SHARE. For additional information, click  HERE .
Keep Up with the Changes at LUM
Information in this eNewsletter is accurate, but changes are expected.  For the most up-to-date information about LUM programs & services, please go to the LUM website - .

Please know that the LUM Board of Directors and staff are keeping those affected by coronavirus (COVID-19) in our thoughts and prayers while closely watching the evolving situation.