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 at the Lafayette Police Department Records Division located at 20 N. 6th Street on Monday-Friday from 6am – 4:30pm. 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!