Touching the future by helping children and families today

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

Urban Ministry
420 N. 4th Street
Lafayette, IN

(765) 423-2691


Office Hours:
M-F 8:15am-4:30pm

Homeless Shelter:
Open every night.
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Copyright 2003
Urban Ministry





A LUM volunteer delivers fresh linens from St. Elizabeth Hospital on a regular basis.
The Shelter Director, Joyce Fasani, in the Shelter office
The Shelter kitchen was remodelled in 2001.

Programs - Emergency Shelter

LUM's emergency shelter
provides short-term overnight shelter, meals, and showers in a safe and caring environment to homeless individuals. The LUM shelter may accommodate up to 46 adults each night of the year. Hundreds of volunteers help manage the shelter and provide and serve meals.

Individuals may need shelter for a variety of reasons, including inability to pay rent due to job loss or health
problems. Also, newcomers to our community sometimes need temporary help while seeking jobs and housing.
The LUM emergency shelter provides a vital service to the greater Lafayette community.

Individuals who are needing to stay at the LUM shelter are asked to stop in at LUM during regular office hours and complete a one-time registration process. Guests must have a pass to enter the shelter. Passes are available Monday through Friday, issued at the LUM Administration Office at 420 N. 4th Street, from noon to 4:20 pm. Saturday, Sunday and Holiday: passes will be issued as guests exit the shelter at 525 N. 4th Street. Passes will be issued from 6:00am to 7:00am for individuals who did not spend the night. Individuals coming into the LUM office for case management may pick up passes while they are in the building regardless of the time. Disabled, elderly and guests working during pass distribution hours may have passes set aside for them. Guests must meet with the shelter director and provide documentation. All guests placed on this list and are not planning to spend the night must notify the office prior to 4:20pm, so that their pass may be available to others. The office number is 423-2691. The shelter phone number is 269-4132.

Individuals new to the shelter may enter without a pass on their first night.

Guests should plan to arrive for check-in between 9:00-9:30pm. The shelter closes the following morning at 7:00am after guests are provided a light breakfast. We strive to ensure the safety and privacy of shelter guests. Each guest is given a copy of the Hoosier Management Information System Notice of Privacy Practices, published by the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA).

Volunteer! Volunteers are needed!
The shelter could not operate without the help of hundreds of volunteers. Some volunteers stay overnight, while others donate, prepare and serve meals. Some groups pitch in as clean-up work crews from time to time. Volunteers are needed to enter data 2-4 hours per week. For more information on volunteering, go to the "Volunteer" drop down menu.

Donations are also crucial. For information on making a financial contribution, go to Donate.

Donations of toiletry items such as unopened soaps, shampoo, lotions, and razors are gratefully appreciated. Also, food items such as coffee, cereal, sugar, and salad dressing are very helpful. Thank you!


Wish List

Pocket Calendars
Bus Tokens
Foot Powder
Gauze Pads
Medical Tape
Nail Clippers
Sewing Kits
Sugar Substitute
Breakfast Bars