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LUM’s warming station is open as temps begin to plummet

As temperatures start to fall, Lafayette Urban Ministry is making sure everyone has a way to stay warm.

Posted: Feb. 2, 2018 11:02 AM
Updated: Feb. 2, 2018 11:21 AM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — As temperatures start to fall, Lafayette Urban Ministry is making sure everyone has a way to stay warm.

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Everyone is welcome to warm up in the lobby of LUM's Office building, 420 N. Fourth St., from midnight to 7 a.m. LUM's warming station has been around for three years.

LUM executive director Joe Micon said this season, close to 100 people have been helped.

"If there is an individual, no matter who they are, in the community that needs to get out of the weather, they can come in and spend the night in our waiting room," Micon explained about the warming stations.

He sais during these winter months, you can't risk anybody being out on the street.

"Frost bite can happen pretty quickly," Micon said. "So, we want to get individuals off the streets, into a place that's warm and then after that make sure that we get them into our shelter program and help them to get off the streets all together."

He said there is enough room for about 40 people at shelter. If you are homeless, volunteers help you find a more permanent solution.

Micon said LUM works very closely with law enforcement and the hospitals when people don't have a place to go both law enforcement and the hospitals will send people their way.

The warming station will be open until April 15. Micon said on average about five people stay there at night.

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