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LUM Camp 2018 – Let Your Light Shine


LUM Camp 2018 Starts THIS Tuesday

Early next week, 85 campers and 32 camp staff & counselors will be heading to Hanging Rock Assembly Camp in Warren County for the start of LUM Camp 2018.

Attending are 85 boys and girls (8, 9 & 10 years old) from families served by Lafayette Urban Ministry. The LUM Camp directors have planned a four-day, overnight camp experience for the campers that will be fun, educational and life-changing. This year’s theme is Let Your Light Shine!, and with the help of 25 presenters the campers will learn about the wonder & science of “light” and how to let their lights shine.

It’s not too late to sponsor a camper. Please donate to LUM Camp today. Each $150 donation enables one local child to attend LUM Camp. Please include our campers, staff, counselors and presenters in your prayers.


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LUM Camp Awarded $5,000 Community Grant


Riley Children’s Foundation Awards Grant to LUM 

Riley Children’s Foundation, the fund raising organization supporting Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health, has awarded a $5,000 community grant to LUM Camp 2018 . This week, Joe Micon, LUM executive director, received the grant during a check presentation led by Riley Children’s Foundation Board of Governors representative, Stephen Pennell.

{Pictured L to R: Stephen Pennell, Joe Micon, Susan Miles & Kelly Coleman.}

The mission of Riley Children’s Foundation is to secure the health and well-being of children everywhere. In accordance with that mission, the Community Grants Program was established to make a difference in communities throughout Indiana.

On behalf of our campers, LUM is grateful that the Riley Children’s Foundation has agreed to support LUM Camp with such a generous gift. This gift will have a tremendous positive impact on LUM Camp and the experience of our campers.


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LUM Camp is an overnight camp from July 31 – August 3 for boys and girls 8, 9 & 10 years old. Attending are children who are from families served by Lafayette Urban Ministry. Our camp is one of Indiana’s most well-respected summer camp programs for at-risk children. This year as the theme Let Your Light Shine! indicates, the LUM Camper will learn about “light” and how to let their lights shine.

If you would like to sponsor a camper, please donate to LUM Camp today. Each donation of $150 sends one local child to LUM Camp.


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Would you, or someone you know, make a good LUM Camp Counselor? Just a few more are needed.

Volunteer camp counselors must be at least 18 years old, enjoy working with children and be able to spend the entire week at camp.

Counselors are needed from 11 a.m. Monday, July 30 to 4 p.m. Friday, August 3. For additional information, click HERE.

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Countdown to LUM Camp – Let Your Light Shine


LUM Camp 2018 Starts in 19 Days

It’s time again for LUM Camp, and this year’s theme is Let Your Light Shine!

LUM Camp is an overnight camp from July 31 – August 3 for boys and girls 8, 9 & 10 years old. Attending are children who are from families served by Lafayette Urban Ministry. Our camp is one of Indiana’s most well-respected summer camp programs for at-risk children.

This year as the theme Let Your Light Shine! indicates, the LUM Camper will learn about “light” and how to let their lights shine.

Your “campership” will pay for a child’s transportation, room and board, camp activities, supplies and all of our science programs and educators – everything a camper will need to attend this year’s LUM Camp.

  • Each donation of $150 sends one local child to LUM Camp.
  • A gift of $300 will allow two children to attend LUM Camp
  • A gift of $450 will provide 3 camperships
  • A gift of $75 will provide one-half of a campership

Please, won’t you help build their futures by offering to them the gift of LUM Camp?


ALSO — Would you, or someone you know, make a good LUM Camp Counselor?

Volunteer camp counselors must be at least 18 years old, enjoy working with children and be able to spend the entire week at camp. Counselors are needed from 11 a.m. Monday, July 30 to 4 p.m. Friday, August 3. For additional information, click HERE.

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Two LUM Executive Directors Connect in DC


Jud Dolphin & Joe Micon Meet in Washington DC

Joe Micon, current LUM executive director, recently visited with Jud Dolphin, immediate past LUM executive director, in Washington DC, the current residence for Jud.

The visit included in-depth conversations about issues facing the families served by Lafayette Urban Ministry and a special visit to All Souls Church Unitarian. Joe and Jud attended service and visited with senior minister, the Rev. Dr. Robert M. Hardies.

Joe Micon returned this week energized and ready to share what he learned on his trip with the LUM staff and board of directors.

Special thanks to Jud Dolphin for his hospitality and to Rev. Hardies for his service and personal time.

{Pictured above L to R: Jud Dolphin, Robert Hardies & Joe Micon.}


Jud Dolphin was the LUM Executive Director from 1978 to 1990. After 40 years working with social change organizations, Jud Dolphin retired and then joined the US Peace Corps. From 2009 to 2011, he served with the US Peace Corp in Konotop, Ukraine. He returned to Washington, DC where he taught English to new immigrants, conducted watercolor painting classes and furthered his personal artistic interests. Currently, Jud, through the US Peace Corps, is in Skopje, Republic of Macedonia, working as an organizational specialist with an NGO whose mission is to alleviate poverty.

Meet the New LUM Summer Interns


Meron Tamene — LUM Summer Intern

Originally from Fort Wayne, Indiana, Meron now lives in West Lafayette. She is matriculating toward a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science with minors in Arabic, Spanish, Human Rights & Global Studies from Purdue University, College of Liberal Arts. She will graduate in May 2020 and plans to attend law school. Meron hopes to work in immigration law and international human rights.

As an intern at LUM, Meron is working with the Campaign for Hoosier Families.


Morgan Torres  —LUM Summer Intern

Morgan grew up and lives in Monticello, Indiana. She is matriculating toward a Bachelor’s Degree in Law & Society and Political Science with a minor in Forensic Science from Purdue University, College of Liberal Arts. She will graduate in May 2020 and plans to attend law school. Morgan hopes to work in international law & policy specializing in immigration policy.

As an intern at LUM, Morgan is working with the Campaign for Hoosier Families.

LUM Board & Staff Call for Reunion of Children & Parents


Calling for a Quick Reunion of
Children & Parents held in US Detention Centers

Lafayette Urban Ministry is committed to touching the future by helping children and their families in the here and now. That is why we join our voice with US and world faith leaders in opposition to the cruel separation of families and children seeking refuge along the US border with Mexico.

We reject the allegations that the children and adults seeking refuge from economic privation, violence, and political turmoil – seeking peace and a new home in our country – are criminals.

We reject the misuse of Romans 13 by Attorney General Sessions and White House Press Secretary Sanders to justify reprehensible actions.

Many more scripture passages insist on helping the immigrant, the sojourner, the poor, and those in need of aid. We rejoice that President Trump changed direction today and has reversed his destructive policy of separating asylum-seeking parents from their children.

We pray his administration will move quickly to reunite children held in detention centers with their families and establish a more humane and just system to assist those seeking asylum and refuge in our nation.


“And the King will answer them ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.'”

Matt 25:40, NRSV



Happy Birthday to the Rev. Don Nead



At a grand reception at Central Presbyterian Church, Lafayette, this past weekend, the Rev. Don Nead celebrated his 90th Birthday with his friends and family.

Don Nead is a long-time friend of Lafayette Urban Ministry. He has been active with LUM since the time of its inception in 1972. Don has remained active in many ways including being one of the founding members of the LUM Dream Team Fund. The purpose of the fund is to support research and evaluation that will foster LUM’s goals and address its needs.

Join us in wishing the Rev. Don Nead a very happy birthday. Pictured with Don Nead (center) are the pastor at Central Presbyterian Church, the Rev. Lucia Oerter and Joe Micon, LUM executive director.

Meet the New LUM Business Manager


Eileen Weiss Returns to LUM Staff

Eileen Hession Weiss, a familiar face at LUM, has returned to serve as the business manager.

Eileen initially retired in 2013. She returned last year to assist with LUM Camp, and has also served as the LUM business manager for four years and was a LUM project manager for 21 months. Additionally, Eileen has directed Jubilee Christmas, Tax Assistance Program, Community Thanksgiving Celebration and Hunger Hike, and assisted with the LUM Good Samaritan Fund Follies. Besides her work with LUM, another highlight of her career was when she was elected to serve as the City Clerk for the City of Lafayette from 1984-1995.

Eileen is excited to return to LUM as the half-time, business manager.

Joe Micon, LUM executive director stated,

“We’re always thrilled to work with Eileen and are confident that she will once again add so much to our work with assisting those in need in our community.”

Eileen shared,

“This opportunity came at a perfect time. Although I still live in Illinois, it gives me a chance to use my God given gifts while contributing to this community that I love, through the good work of LUM.”

In her free time, Eileen enjoys being with her grandchildren (Campbell Rose, Max, and Nicole), singing and ministering at her church in Des Plaines, IL, and serving as president of her condo board in Elk Grove Village, IL.


LUM’s Susan Brouillette Ordained


The Rev. Susan Brouillette – New LUM Chaplain


Recently at Bethany Presbyterian Church, Susan Brouillette, LUM program director, was ordained as a minister in the Presbyterian Church.

The Service of Worship & Ordination was a wonderful celebration with worship, music, and speakers. Some highlights of the service were LUM students singing “Joy, Joy, Joy – Down in My Heart”; LUM summer teacher, Derrick Williams-Bacon, singing throughout the service; remarks & prayers from Joe Micon, LUM executive director, and Ellen Elly, wife of first LUM executive director, the Rev. Ron Elly; as well as from many friends of LUM such as the Rev. Don Nead, the Rev. Kevin Bowers, the Rev. Tracey Leslie and the Rev. Dr. Bradley Pace. Also in the spirit of Susan’s role with LUM as the director of the Immigration Clinic & the Social Justice ministry, the Epistle reading was read in six different languages — Arabic, Chinese, English, German, Hindi & Spanish.

At LUM, Susan will now also serve as the LUM Chaplain. She will serve as a support to the LUM clients, guests, families, staff and board members. Susan’s expertise and new role with LUM will be sure to have an immediate, positive impact on our services to the families and children in our community.

Join us in congratulating the Rev. Susan Brouillette on this significant accomplishment and wishing her the best as she begins the next phase of her spiritual journey.


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Retirement Celebration for Business Manager


Congratulations & Best Wishes to Tricia Sembroski


Tricia Sembroski was recently honored by her friends & colleagues on her retirement as the LUM Business Manager. The reception was a celebration of Tricia’s incredible career. There was a light lunch, remarks, a song performed by Linda Hicks, and chocolate cake (Tricia’s favorite).

Tricia has served as the LUM Business Manager since 2014, and also has been a volunteer with the LUM Tax Assistance Program, the LUM Board of Directors’ treasurer & a frequent entertainer at LUM Follies. Tricia and her husband, Glenn, live in West Lafayette, are members of St. Andrew United Methodist Church, have a married daughter who has three children, and a son who lives in Springfield, Illinois. Glenn works in the physics department at Purdue. Tricia looks forward to a retirement filled with family, dancing, singing, writing, painting, and volunteering with LUM! {Pictured above L to R are Eileen Weiss, new LUM business manager, Tricia Sembroski, Joe Micon, LUM executive director & Gayle Koning, LUM assistant business manager.}

The LUM staff & board of directors wishes Tricia a wonderful retirement. More PHOTOS from Tricia’s Retirement Reception may be found HERE.