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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Welcome to the Lafayette Urban Ministry

The Lafayette Urban Ministry (LUM) is an organization of 42 Christian 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.

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


LUM Camp 2014 - LUM Campers Arrive

LUM Camp is Monday, July 28 through Friday, August 1. Excitement is building — especially for this year’s theme — Around the World and Back Again. Thanks to the LUM Camp planning team, LUM Camp 2014 is ready to go! The campers arrive at Hanging Rock Christian Assembly Camp on Tuesday — and LUM Camp 2014 will officially begin.

In preparation for the week, the parents of all of the campers (pictured above) met with the LUM Camp team on Thursday evening in the LUM Ray Ewry Youth Center. LUM Camp counselors (pictured below) also met on Thursday for their first of several training and orientation sessions. For more information, email or go to

Join Us for Hunger Hike 2014
Hunger Hike is a Community Fundraising event whose mission is to Raise Awareness Make a Difference in the Fight Against Hunger — locally, regionally, & globally.

HH5K Run

Saturday, September 20

8 a.m. – Cumberland Park, West Lafayette


Hunger Hike 3K Walk

Sunday, September 21

2 p.m. – Levee Plaza Lot, West Lafayette


Ben Franklin Institute — Service to LUM

Last week, 45 participants in the Ben Franklin Institute spent the morning learning about and volunteering at Lafayette Urban Ministry. Most of the students are visiting scholars from various European countries; the remaining students are from across the United States. The students spent 18 days at Purdue learning about US culture and democracy—and each other. On this day, they learned about LUM and our partnership with 42 member churches on behalf of working families and at-risk children. The Ben Franklin Institute students also served LUM by engaging in various important tasks to benefit and enhance the LUM programs, grounds, and facilities. This week, the students are visiting Washington DC. The Ben Franklin Institute is directed by Anatoli Rappaport, associate professor of Curriculum & Instruction in the College of Education at Purdue. LUM extends sincere appreciation to all of the Ben Franklin Institute students for their interest in and service to LUM.

To see more photos of their day of service at LUM, click HERE.


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