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Summertime —
Fun, Travel & Reflection


Summer is in full swing and many are travelling and having fun outdoors with friends and family. But it is also a season for planning. At LUM, staff are looking toward the future — preparing for programs like Hunger Hike, Port of Hope, Community Thanksgiving and Jubilee Christmas. So too could you be spending some time this summer planning for the future and thinking about the less fortunate.

Perhaps you can spend some time this summer creating a personal legacy by continuing your support of the mission of Lafayette Urban Ministry beyond your own lifetime. During our lifetimes, we support our neighbors with our gifts to LUM, but by creating a legacy through Planned Giving your support of our ministry will continue for all perpetuity.

It’s a win-win Estate Planning strategy for you and LUM. In addition to the altruistic benefits, your charitable gift to Lafayette Urban Ministry brings tax relief — and also allows you to make a larger gift to LUM than you could make from your income alone. Whether you use cash, appreciated securities/stock, real estate, artwork, partnership interests, personal property, life insurance or a retirement plan, the benefits of Estate Planned Gifts can make this type of donation attractive to you as a well as LUM. We also hope you will remember Lafayette Urban Ministry in your will.


First, meet with your professional advisor to learn how informed estate planning can increase the overall value of your estate with a gift of tax-burdened assets (like IRAs, 401(k), or savings bonds) to Lafayette Urban Ministry. When you are ready to begin the conversation, please email or call Joe Micon, LUM executive director, who is eager to meet with you (jmicon@lumserve.org | 765-423-2691). To give to LUM online, click HERE.

Whatever you decide — enjoy your summer with your family and friends — and think for a moment about the mission of Lafayette Urban Ministry and the families we serve.


More information on giving to LUM may be found HERE.


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 48th Anniversary of the Moon Landing


Forty-eight years ago today, Neil Armstrong landed the lunar module Eagle on the Moon as a part of the Apollo 11 mission. TODAY, Forty-eight years LATER, the student enrolled in the LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program students visited the Neil Armstrong Hall of Engineering at Purdue. At Purdue they learned about the Apollo 11 mission, saw a full-scale replica of the Apollo 1 command module & a moon rock, walked in Neil Armstrong’s footprints on the moon, explored the surface of Mars, and took a picture with the college-aged Neil Armstrong statue.



It was an incredible study trip for the students. They now have dreams of attending college, studying aeronautic & astronautic engineering, joining NASA, and someday walking in space.Thanks to the Purdue School of Aeronautics and Astronautics​ & the Purdue Space Day​ program for hosting and inspiring our 5th Quarter students. 

To see more PHOTOS of Mini Space Day, click HERE.


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5th Quarter Summer Learning Program