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Congratulations to LUM’s
Mary Anderson

Dear Friends,

On this Thanksgiving Holiday, I join the LUM board, staff and our many volunteers, in expressing our thanks for Good Samaritan Program Director Mary Anderson.2014-10-01 MaryAnderson20th 003

After 21 years on the Lafayette Urban Ministry staff, Mary will be retiring on December 31. Mary was first hired to direct Jubilee Christmas while LUM was in the midst of its capital campaign for the new LUM office and shelter building in 1994.

She has served as assistant director of LUM Camp, LUM Emergency Shelter Director, Acting Executive Director for 5 years and of course Good Samaritan Program Director for many years. Mary has performed her ministry at LUM as an extension of God’s Grace—always kind, helpful, wise and generous in the administration of her duties.

In honor of Mary’s 21 years of professional service, the LUM Board has established the Mary Anderson Kickstart Fund. This will be a permanent account within the LUM Good Samaritan Fund that will allow up to $100 more than our usual assistance grant for those who have especially difficult utility or housing needs.

You may honor Mary Anderson’s years of service to the needy of our community in two ways:

  1. Make a generous year-end contribution to the Mary Anderson Kickstart Fund (Write Check to Lafayette Urban Ministry and write “Kickstart” on memo line. Or give online at
  2. Join us for a reception in Mary Anderson’s honor on Friday, December 18, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Lafayette Urban Ministry office, 420 N 4th Street, Lafayette.

Please join me in thankful celebration for Mary Anderson’s 21 wonderful years of service to the children and families served by Lafayette Urban Ministry!

PS — Write your check to Lafayette Urban Ministry and mail it or drop it off to our office (420 N 4th Street, Lafayette). If you prefer, you may contribute to the Good Samaritan Fund online at Thank you.

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LUM Opens
Winter Warming Station

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This winter, LUM has opened a Winter Warming Station to complement the services of the LUM Emergency Shelter.

The Winter Warming Station opened on November 15 and has been utilized by individuals needing a place in the evening to “warm up.” All are welcome.

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The Winter Warming Station is located in the
LUM Office building (420 N 4th Street, Lafayette) and is open from midnight to 7 a.m. until April 15, 2016. No one in our community should have to spend the night outdoors in the harsh weather — and this new LUM service gives individuals, including those who are not eligible to stay at the LUM emergency shelter, an option to be in our safe, secure indoor Warming Station. It also gives individuals an opportunity to learn about other services offered by LUM or other local agencies for which they may be eligible.

Other contingencies plans are in place during stormy weather or if temperatures get dangerously low. For more details, please email Joe Micon (

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If you wish to make a donation to the LUM Emergency Shelter programs, please click HERE.

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