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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 Income Tax Assistance in Full Swing

Impressive Stats So Far

In just six weeks, the LUM Tax Assistance Program has had a tremendous positive impact on our community. Some interesting statistics so far are as follows:

  • Total Income Tax Returns Filed – 328
  • Total Earned Income Credit – $215,332
  • Average Adjusted Gross Income – $21,394
  • Total Refund Amount – $616,838

LUM would not be able to offer this service without the skilled, trained volunteers who make this important LUM program such a success each year. At LUM, taxpayers get one-on-one help from IRS-certified volunteers who prepare their taxes at no charge. The 2018 LUM Tax Assistance Program is led by Ben Murphy.

More information on the LUM Tax Assistance Program may be found HERE.

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LUM Staff Retreat 2018

Recently, the staff members of Lafayette Urban Ministry participated in a daylong “retreat” at Hanging Rock Christian Assembly Camp, West Lebanon.

The main retreat topics for discussion were LUM Volunteers and the LUM Social Justice Ministry including the Campaign for Hoosier Families as well as the LUM Immigration Clinic. Overall, it was a very productive day filled with lively discussion allowing everyone to give input resulting in great ideas for serving volunteers and clients better in all of the LUM program areas.

Additionally the retreat gave the LUM staff an opportunity to learn more about each other — creating a stronger, more effective team. By the end of the day, everyone was refreshed and motivated to be more effective in their work with clients, guests, volunteers, children/students & families.

Thanks to Hanging Rock Christian Assembly Camp for hosting the retreat.

Picture above L to R — Row 1: Kaitlyn Hettinger, Saidie Spikes, Gayle Koning, Susan Brouillette, Linda Hicks; Row 2: Fanesta Williams, Tricia Sembroski, Joe Micon, Connie Kepner Davis, Tiffany Finch-King; Row 3: Danny Pillott, Amanda Bajzatt, Connie Decker, Nate Gick, David Heckert, Josh Prokopy, Ben Murphy; not pictured: Pablo Malavenda. To view more photos, click HERE.

Great Car – Great Price – Great Cause

For Sale — 2003 Mercury Sable LS Premium Sedan

A generous friend of LUM has recently donated this 2003 Mercury Sable (V6, front wheel drive) sedan, which is in great shape. It has had only one owner and has been driven only 65,400 miles.

LUM is selling the car, with all proceeds from the sale going to benefit of the Lafayette Urban Ministry.

Details are as follows:

  • Make: Mercury; Model: Sable LS Premium; Year: 2003
  • Type: Sedan (seats 5); 6 cylinder, 4 speed automatic, front wheel drive
  • Mileage: 65,400
  • Exterior: White, Sunroof; Interior: Tan, Leather seats, Stereo, Cruise control
  • Asking Price: $3,999

All Proceeds Benefit Lafayette Urban Ministry

If you are interested in learning more about the car, or perhaps wish to arrange a test drive, please email or call Joe Micon ( | 765.423.2691).

Please SHARE this information with anyone you think might be interested.

Annual LUM Staff Appreciation Lunch

Last week, the dedicated staff of Lafayette Urban Ministry gathered at Walt’s Pub & Grill (West Lafayette) for the annual LUM staff appreciation lunch to celebrate 2017, another great year.

Pictured are the staff who attended — seated L to R: Amanda Bajzatt, David Heckert, Gayle Koning, Susan Brouillette, Ben Murphy, Joe Micon, Joshua Prokopy, Tricia Sembroski & Linda Hicks; standing L to R: Pablo Malavenda, Tiffany Finch-King & Connie Decker.

Tax Assistance Program Offers Free Service

LUM Needs Volunteer Income Tax Assistants

Make a difference in your community by becoming a LUM tax volunteer. Volunteers are needed from January 29 through April 12 for the LUM Tax Assistance Program.

No experience is necessary — and training is provided. You may even qualify for continuing education credits. There are a number of volunteer roles available — click HERE to see descriptions. For tax preparers, some accounting experience is desired.

In all tax volunteer roles, individuals who are bilingual, multi-lingual, and have international experience are helpful. As a LUM tax assistance volunteer, you’ll join a program that’s helped millions of people file tax returns at no charge for more than 40 years. Your help will make a difference — and have a significant positive impact.

LUM strengthens our community through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. VITA, a nationwide IRS program, secures greater financial stability and economic opportunity for working families — and directly impacts OUR community.
If you are interested or need more information please click HERE or call or email Ben Murphy (765-423-2691 |

Below are some of the volunteer roles needed by the LUM free tax assistance program:


  • You greet everyone visiting the site to create a pleasant atmosphere. You screen taxpayers to determine the type of assistance they need and confirm they have the necessary documents to complete their tax returns. Tax law certification is not required for this position.


  • You provide free language interpreter services to customers who are not fluent in English. Basic tax knowledge is helpful, but it is not required for this position.

Site Administrator/Coordinator

  • You have excellent organizational and leadership skills. You are the primary resource for sharing your knowledge of the program and are available to assist with any issues that may arise. You develop and maintain schedules for all volunteers to ensure adequate coverage, supplies and equipment at your site. Tax law certification is not always required for this position.

Tax Preparer

  • You complete and successfully certify in tax law training, including the use of electronic filing software, to provide free tax return preparation for eligible taxpayers.

Quality Reviewer

  • You review tax returns completed by volunteer tax preparers, ensuring that every taxpayer receives top quality service and that the tax returns are error-free. You must be tax law certified at least at the Intermediate level.

Computer Specialist or troubleshooter

  • You have a working knowledge of personal computers, software and communications systems. Tax law certification is not required for this position. If working at a self-prepare site you must become familiar with the various tax software option(s) available at your site. Although you may have less taxpayer interaction than most volunteers, you must be patient with those individuals who may not be as computer literate.

Tax Coach

  • You provide tax law assistance and guide taxpayers in preparing their own tax returns. Tax law certification is required for this volunteer role and training is available on-line or through face-to-face instruction.

So, if you’re comfortable with technology, enjoy helping your community, need experience for your resume, or just like to have fun and have the time to volunteer, visit, complete and submit Form 14310 using the submit by email button on top of the form. Someone will contact you to help you get started.

You may also email or call LUM directly { – (765) 423-2691} to get involved in the LUM Tax Assistance Program serving Tippecanoe County residents.

More information on the LUM Tax Assistance Program may be found HERE.

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Holder Bedding $2,500 Match Program

Holder Bedding Matches Your Donations to LUM
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LUM has a NEW sponsor in our annual “$2,500 Match Program” — Holder Bedding Inc. of Lafayette. This is an exciting new partnership because Holder Bedding is a local business and is also the preferred mattress of the LUM Emergency Shelter.

In 2013, 42 mattresses were made in Lafayette by Holder Bedding and installed at the LUM Emergency Shelter.

NOW through December 1,
Holder Bedding will Match your Donation to LUM.

Please take advantage of this unique opportunity to “double your donation” to LUM and increase your impact on strengthening local families thanks to the generosity of Holder Bedding Inc. It’s simple — click the button below, make a donation by December 1, and Holder Bedding will match it.

LUM is very fortunate and sincerely grateful to have this support from Holder Bedding. Holder Bedding Inc. is a local, family owned and operated business in Lafayette providing employment opportunities in our community since 1947. LUM encourages you to shop at Holder Bedding for your next mattresses. LUM encourages you to shop at Holder Bedding for your next mattresses.

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Meet David – New LUM Shelter Director

David P. Heckert is the new program director for LUM Homeless Services. He is responsible for the LUM Emergency Shelter and the Winter Warming Station.
David grew up in Honolulu, Hawaii and now lives in West Lafayette with his wife, Jeanne, and their four children (two girls and two boys). They are members of Connection Point Church, West Lafayette. A graduate of Jefferson High School (Lafayette), David earned an
associate’s degree from Ivy Tech in Human Services and a Bachelor of Social Work from the Indiana University School of Social Work in Indianapolis. He has been active with various organizations including the Children’s Policy & Law Initiative of Indiana, National Association of Social Workers, Boy Scouts of America, International Association of Fire Fighters and Home with Hope.

David finds inspiration in “the power of compassion, empathy, faith and respect for life — ALL life.” He is excited to be a part of the team at LUM because of the “professionalism and dedication of the current staff members.” David strives to have a “positive impact on Tippecanoe County by advocating for the needy and by decreasing homelessness in our community” through his work with LUM. For fun, David enjoys kayaking, camping, hiking, hunting, fishing and playing his guitar.

LUM is fortunate to have David Heckert join the LUM staff.

A Fond Farewell to Gina Williams-Stith

Gina Williams-Stith, LUM program director, was recognized at a special reception to celebrate her 18 month tenure at LUM. Gina served as the director of the LUM Emergency Shelter and oversaw the Winter Warming Station, New Opportunity Grants and the Shelter Security Staff. As an intern Gina also assisted with Jubilee Christmas and the Tax Assistance Program.

Gina recently completed her Master of Social Work at the IU School of Social Work and will be moving to Crawfordville. The reception included balloons, cake & speeches as well as a Special Proclamation presented by Joe Micon, LUM executive director, on behalf of the LUM Board of Directors and staff.

The proclamation stated that the LUM board does “hereby commend Gina for her gifts of time, talent and treasure to the many homeless individuals served by LUM.” They also thanked her “for her faithfulness and selfless service.”

Best of luck to Gina as she begins a new journey in the field of social work and in ALL of her future endeavors. {Pictured L to R: Joe Micon & Gina Williams-Stith.}


Meet the 5th Quarter Teachers

LUM is thrilled to introduce the teachers for the 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program.

Pictured with Rev. Cindy Haley, program director, they are (from L to R) as follows:

  • Claire Seeger is from Lafayette and just graduated from Purdue in Elementary Education with a minor in Spanish. She will be teaching 5th grade at St. John the Baptist Catholic School in Whiting, Indiana starting in the fall.
  • Danny Pollitt is from Peoria, Illinois and now lives in Lafayette. He will graduate from Purdue in December with a degree in Social Studies Education/History with a minor in Political Science.
  • Angela Roberts is from Fort Wayne and currently lives in West Lafayette with her husband, Evan. She is a senior at Purdue and will graduate in May 2018 with a degree in Speech Language & Hearing Sciences. After graduate, Angela plans on pursuing a Master of Social Work degree.
  • Evan Roberts is from Fort Wayne and currently lives in West Lafayette with his wife, Angela. He is a senior at Purdue and will graduate in May 2018 with a degree in Mathematics Education.

What a dynamic and talented team of teachers! If you wish to support the LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program— you may make a monetary donation, sponsor a field/study trip and/or donate snacks and supplies. For more information on 5th Quarter, click HERE or email Cindy Haley at

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