About LUM

LUM logo squareThe Lafayette Urban Ministry (LUM) is an organization of more than 40 churches that serves as a social safety net for Lafayette’s needy children and families.

For over 40 years, LUM has worked to give back the hope, the future, and the self-respect to low-income people in the Greater Lafayette area. We take an active role in trying to change social injustices and improve the quality of life for the poor of Indiana.

Loving neighbors, seeking justice, empowering the least among us, and renewing the Church’s social ministry

We invite you to learn about LUM and keep up to date with the latest LUM news and developments.


LUM Staff: 

  • Staff Directory – click HERE
  • Director’s Message

LUM Board of Directors: click HERE

LUM Member Churches: click HERE

LUM History

LUM’s Mission Statement:

Poverty is the greatest thief. More than depriving a neighbor of food or shelter or warmth, it steals away hope. While other thieves may take away the past, poverty steals the future and self-respect.

The Lafayette Urban Ministry is in the business of restoring human dignity. Through voluntary efforts and contributions we give back the hope, the future, the self-respect, which all God’s people need and deserve.

Ours is a Christian ministry that welcomes congregations and people of all faiths. We give witness to God’s saving love and prophetic power by loving neighbors, seeking justice, empowering the least among us, and renewing the Church’s social ministry.

LUM Programs

Children & Families:

  • 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program
  • Achieve! Stay in School Program
  • After School Program
  • LUM Camp
  • Jubilee Christmas
  • Community Thanksgiving Celebration
  • Income Tax Preparation Assistance

Assistance Programs:


  • LUM Good Samaritan Fund Follies
  • Hunger Hike
  • Community Thanksgiving Celebration

Advocacy & Awareness:

  • Hunger Hike
  • Campaign for Hoosier Families
  • Outreach
  • Legislative Advocacy

Contact LUM:

For information on our programs and services, volunteering opportunities, making a donation, or any other questions, you may stop in during our office hours or contact us by telephone, fax, mail, or e-mail.

Lafayette Urban Ministry
420 N. 4th Street
Lafayette IN 47901-2213

Tel: (765) 423-2691

E-mail: lum@lumserve.org
Website: www.lumserve.org

Office Hours (420 N. 4th Street):
Monday-Friday, 8:15 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Emergency Shelter (LUM Ray Ewry Youth Program Center, 525 N. 4th Street):
Open every night. Check-in at 9 p.m.

One response to “About LUM

  1. I came across your site and loved reading about your organization. Keep up the great work!

    -Tasha, The Bridge Chicago

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