Mary Anderson – Retirement Reception


Thank You to Mary Anderson for 21 years of valued service to Lafayette Urban Ministry and the children & families in our community.

“For I know the plans I have for you,”
declares the LORD,
“Plans to prosper you and not to harm you,
Plans to give you hope and a future.”

~Jeremiah 29:11


On Friday, December 18, many of Mary Anderson’s colleagues and friends gathered to 2015-12-18 Mary Anderson Retirement Reception 062 (2)celebrate her incredible career at LUM. Highlights of the event were as follows:

  • Presentation by Joe Micon, LUM executive director, to Mary of a clock with NO alarm. Joe also offered some heartfelt remarks.
  • Presentation by Indiana State Representative Sheila Klinker to Mary of the Distinguished Hoosier Award from Governor Pence (pictured to the right)
  • Song tribute to Mary by Linda Hicks
  • Remarks from Mary Anderson

The retirement celebration was a joyous affair with LUM volunteers, LUM staff, and community leaders paying tribute to Mary.


Check out the photos from the reception HERE.


Your retirement leaves a great bi2015-12-18 Mary Anderson Retirement Reception 033 (2)g gap
In all our lives and hearts,
A workplace is never quite
the same
When someone like
you departs.

You’ve enriched us in
so many ways
We’ll miss you more
than you know,
We wish you luck,
and hope you take
Good memories when
you go.


After 21 years on the Lafayette Urban Ministry staff, Mary Anderson has returned as of December 31, 2015. 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.

2015-12-18 Mary Anderson Retirement Reception 056 (2)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 by making 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 www.lumserve.org/donate.

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 www.lumserve.org/donate. Thank you.


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