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About Lafayette Urban Ministry

The Lafayette Urban Ministry (LUM) is an organization of more than 40 Christian churches that serves as a social safety net for Lafayette, Indiana's needy children and families.

Meals Needed – Grace Recovery


Support for Adults in Addiction & Their Families

Would you or your group like to help with a local substance use disorder recovery mission but you aren’t sure where to start?



Grace Recovery hosts several weekly events including A Better Life Brianna’s Hope — and 70-80 meals are needed each week. Each Thursday, Grace Recovery offers a meal, a support meeting for adults in addiction, counseling for children ages four to twelve, counseling and support groups for family members and friends, childcare, and a teen group. Your group is welcome to prepare and serve the meal or simply prepare and drop it off.

The Mission of Grace Recovery is to provide the support, education and opportunities for people affected by substance abuse to find their own spiritual path that will allow them to live, work, learn and participate fully in their communities. If you or your group or church would like to help, please email or call Jason Padgett, Grace Recovery director (tafiapg@gmail.com | 765-414-2169).

Congratulations – Class of 2018 – Graduates


Good Luck & Best Wishes to All Graduates


Congratulations to all who recently graduated from college including Purdue University & Ivy Tech Community College as well as all who are about to graduate from high school in Lafayette, West Lafayette & Tippecanoe County.


You Did It! Well Done!


As you start your next journey, please remember to continue to give back to your community.

Good luck & best wishes to you from your friends at Lafayette Urban Ministry.

LUM Families Attend Purdue Baseball Game


LUM Families Hosted by Levy Restaurants at Purdue

Levy Restaurants (official Purdue athletics food service) provided tickets and concessions coupons to LUM After School Program students and their families to attend the final Purdue Baseball home game (versus Michigan) last Saturday afternoon at Alexander Field. Fifty-eight from LUM attended the game. The Boilermakers won, extended their home win streak to 13 games and finished the season in second place in the Big Ten standing.

{Pictured at the game are David & Elizabeth Matheson with their sons, Daniel & Keegan.}

Thanks to Levy Restaurants for thinking of LUM and our families — and good luck to the Boilermakers this week at the Big Ten Tournament in Omaha. If you or your group would like to sponsor an event or study trip for LUM students, please email or call Amanda Bajzatt (abajzatt@lumserve.org | 765-423-2691).


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New LUM Video – Giving Help, Giving Hope


New LUM Video to Debut in June 2018

Lafayette Urban Ministry is excited to announce that a new LUM video is currently being produced and will debut in June.

This video will be used by LUM board members and staff to recruit new volunteers, engage new churches, civic & school groups, and ask individuals and businesses to invest in LUM by making a donation. This video will eventually be made available to the public through the LUM website, and anyone, including member churches, may use the video to entice their members to engage and invest in LUM as well. The video features Joe Micon, LUM executive director, and several LUM volunteers who tell heart-felt stories about how LUM “Gives Help & Gives Hope” each and every day of the year.

Stay tuned for more information about the exciting, official LUM Video debut!

Thanks & Best Wishes to LUM Spring Interns


LUM Interns – Valuable Resource to LUM


Special THANK YOU to all of the LUM Interns for their valuable contributions this past Spring semester. Best wishes to all of our interns.

Interns allow LUM to serve our students, clients and guests with increased efficiency and innovation.

Thanks also to Ivy Tech Community College, Purdue University and the IU School of Social Work for trusting LUM with the education and supervision of their talented intern students.

LUM Tax Assistance – Tremendous Positive Impact


LUM Tax Assistance Volunteers Reflect & Celebrate


Each year, LUM offers FREE Income Tax Preparation Assistance for eligible, low-income households and individuals who reside in Tippecanoe County. The volunteers and staff who have been working with this year’s LUM Tax Assistance Program met for lunch at Walt’s Pub & Grill to reflect & celebrate another successful year. Some interesting statistics about this year’s LUM Tax Assistance Program are as follows:

  • $906,444 – Total Refunds
  • $811,362 – Total Federal Refunds; $95,082 – Total State Refunds
  • 522 – Income Tax Returns filed
  • $253,200 – Total in Earned Income Credit
  • $20,502 – Average Adjusted Gross Income

Attending the celebratory lunch (pictured L to R) were Joe Micon, LUM executive director; Patti O’Callaghan; Andrea Schmidt; Rob Patrick; Ben Murphy, Tax Assistant Program director; and Ron Smith.


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LUM Citizenship Classes Thanks Ackerman Center


Final LUM Citizenship Class of Spring Semester


Another semester of the LUM Citizenship Classes ended last week. The LUM Immigration Clinic partners with the Lafayette Adult Resource Academy to offer free Citizenship Classes for anyone interested in learning more about US history and government.

Special thanks to the James F. Ackerman Center for Democratic Citizenship at Purdue University for supplying the textbooks, maps & teacher’s manual and for also consulting on the development of the lesson plans. Thanks to each of the organizations and churches that supplied refreshments — and special thanks to all of our skilled, volunteer teachers and teachers aides especially Karen Countryman & Scott Frankenberger. LUM is grateful for the partnership with LARA and the Ackerman Center. To see more LUM Citizenship Classes PHOTOS, click HERE.

LUM Citizenship Classes are offered three times a year — and the next series starts in July. For more information about the LUM Immigration Clinic & Citizenship Classes, click HERE or call or email Susan Brouillette (765-423.2691 | sbrouillette@lumserve.org).


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LUM Students Learn About Crime Prevention


Sergeant O’Shields Visits LUM After School Program


Last week, the students enrolled in the LUM After School Program were visited by Sergeant Ian O’Sheilds of the Lafayette Police Department. As part of LPD Crime Prevention & Community Outreach, Sgt. O’Sheilds worked with the students to understand and learn more about “personal safety and emotional intelligence around school based violence.” It was a interactive and fun program — and the students learned about many important issues facing students today. Thank you to Sgt. O’Sheilds and the Lafayette Police Department for sharing this program with the LUM students.

The LUM After School Program provides safe, fun and enriching childcare for children in Kindergarten to 8th grade. The program serves up to 80 children from all elementary & middle schools in Tippecanoe County for three hours each school-day afternoon, enabling their parents to finish their workday. The children are transported from their schools to the LUM After School Program at Central Presbyterian Church — where they work on homework, have a nutritious snack, and participate in crafts, music, and other fun recreational and educational activities. The program is staffed by a professionally trained educator, teacher’s aides, interns and volunteers.


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Hunger Hike 2018 — Mark Your Calendars


Make This the Year that YOU Fight Hunger!


Hunger Hike
is a community fundraising event whose mission is to Raise Awareness & Make a Difference in the Fight Against Hunger —  locally, regionally, & globally. Hunger Hike is open to participants of all ages and abilities who share a common goal: Fighting Hunger! The details of the Hunger Hike events are as follows:

Hunger Hike 3K Walk

  • Date: Sunday, September 16
  • Time: Noon – check-in; 2 p.m. – Hunger Hike 3K Walk starts
  • Place: Riehle Plaza, N 2nd Street, Lafayette

HH5K Run

  • Date: Saturday, September 15
  • Time: 8:00-8:45 a.m. check-in; 9:00 a.m. run starts
  • Place: Cattail Trail Loop, Celery Bog Nature Area, West Lafayette
  • Registration Cost: $30 includes T-Shirt

Hunger Hike is a perfect fundraising event for your group — student organization, church group, civic group, team or family. Put together a Hunger Hike team and start raising money using our online fundraising site — or any other way you choose.

All Hunger Hike proceeds directly support the Lafayette Urban Ministry food assistance programs including the St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry; Food Finders Food Bank, Inc.; and St. Thomas Aquinas’ Haitian Ministry. This is YOUR opportunity to support these outstanding local organizations while engaging in a meaningful and fun community event.


We hope you’ll consider joining our Fight against Hunger. Here’s how to get started:

| Donate Online | Hunger Hike—Online Fundraising | HH5K Run Registration |


If you are a company owner — you also may become a Hunger Hike sponsor. For more information on how to become 2018 Event Sponsor, email hungerhike@lumserve.org.


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Row-A-Thon 2018 Raises $16,231 for LUM


Purdue Crew Supports LUM Good Samaritan Fund


The Purdue Crew Team raised $16,231 for the LUM Good Samaritan Fundthrough the 9th annual Purdue Row-a-Thon event which took place on February 17 at the local shopping mall. This is the single largest gift to the LUM Good Samaritan Program again this year.

The “big” check was presented to Joe Micon, LUM executive director, last Sunday at their end of the year banquet.

{Pictured L to R: Mitch Nettesheim, Purdue Recreation senior associate director; Hannah Stefanik, Purdue Crew president; Apoorva Setlur, Purdue Crew officer; and Joe Micon.} To view PHOTOS from Row-A-Thon 2018, click HERE.


The LUM Good Samaritan Fund provides our community’s neediest families and children with a strong & reliable safety net. Emergency financial assistance is available for utility bills, rent, prescription medications, work clothes, and food. No operating expenses are taken out of this fund. In 2017, assistance was provided through the LUM Good Samaritan Program 2,032 times, totaling $115, 314.


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