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Annual LUM Staff Appreciation Lunch



Last week, the dedicated staff members of Lafayette Urban Ministry gathered at The Bryant Food & Drink Co. (West Lafayette) for the annual LUM staff appreciation lunch to celebrate the wonderful accomplishment of 2018, another great year.


Pictured L to R: Marlena Edmondson, Marilyn Zerbes, Louis Sausa, Kristi Hogue, Derrick Williams-Bacon, Joe Micon, Joshua Prokopy, Pablo Malavenda, Susan Brouillette, David Heckert, Gayle Koning, Linda Hicks, Eileen Weiss, Angela Weaver & Connie Decker.

What’s Redistricting & What’s the Big Deal?

Redistricting is a major problem in not just Indiana, but the entire United States of America. What is redistricting? Redistricting is the process in which new state and congressional legislative district boundaries are drawn. Every ten years new district lines are redrawn during the United States census. This is a problem because the 150 state legislators are elected by different political districts. Howard Dean, a man who served as the 79th Governor of Vermont, the Chair of the Democratic National committee, and an American physician, once stated, “So the part of the problem is not just the rhetoric. It’s the fact that we’re so polarized in what we’ve done to each other as parties over the last thirty years in redistricting that it’s very, very hard to overcome your own constituencies and move to the middle.”

So, what is the big deal with this? Redistricting may be used to sway the political outcomes of the elections, making one political party win even if they did not get the popular vote in the entirety of the state. A term we should become very familiar with is gerrymandering. This refers to the manipulation of the district lines in order to change or protect the current political power. Gerrymandering directly affects political power. Because of this, Gerrymandering determines which of the parties control not only Congress, but local and state governments as well. By drawing the lines certain ways, this can reward Republicans and punish Democrats or reward Democrats and punish Republicans. It should also be known that the people deciding where to draw the lines are often times politicians themselves. By deciding which politicians will run against each other and which party the majority of citizens in each district identifies with, politicians are able to strategically plan out who will win each election. Furthermore, the politicians that win will then decide which legislation they would like to push for and which legislation they would like to put on the back burner to collect dust.

Holder Bedding NOW Matching LUM Donations


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$2,500 Match Program – November 2018

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Holder Bedding Inc. of Lafayette is once again offering the “$2,500 Match Program” in support of LUM. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to “double your donation” to LUM and increase your impact on strengthening local families.

It’s simple — click the “Match Program” button below, make a donation by November 30, and Holder Bedding will match all donations up to $2,500.

INCENTIVE – Holder Bedding is also offering an incentive of $200 toward your purchase of one of their Select Mattress Sets. Visit Holder Bedding (230 Farabee Dr N, Lafayette), mention Lafayette Urban Ministry, and get $200 off.

{Pictured (L to R) with Joe Micon, LUM executive director, from Holder Bedding are Merrick Steinmetz, owner; Benjamin Hernandez; Scott Holder, Jonathan Fields, owner; and Elijah Tague}


NOW through November 30
Holder Bedding will Match your Donation to LUM.

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.

Holder Bedding NOW Matching LUM Donations


EXPIRED – November 30, 2018 at Midnight

$2,500 Match Program – November 2018

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Holder Bedding Inc. of Lafayette is once again offering the “$2,500 Match Program” in support of LUM. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to “double your donation” to LUM and increase your impact on strengthening local families thanks to the generosityof Holder Bedding Inc. It’s simple — click the “Match Program” button below, make a donation by November 30, and Holder Bedding will match all donations up to $2,500.

INCENTIVE – Holder Bedding is also offering an incentive of $200 toward your purchase of one of their Select Mattress Sets. Visit Holder Bedding (230 Farabee Dr N, Lafayette), mention Lafayette Urban Ministry, and get $200 off.

{Pictured (L to R) with Joe Micon, LUM executive director, from Holder Bedding are Merrick Steinmetz, owner; Benjamin Hernandez; Scott Holder, Jonathan Fields, owner; and Elijah Tague}


NOW through November 30
Holder Bedding will Match your Donation to LUM.

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.

Holder Bedding $2,500 Match Program


EXPIRED – November 30, 2018 at Midnight

Holder Bedding Matches Your Donations to LUM

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Holder Bedding Inc. of Lafayette is once again offering the “$2,500 Match Program” in support of LUM.  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 “Make A Donation” button, make a donation by November 30, and Holder Bedding will match it.

Holder Bedding is also offering an incentive of $200 toward your purchase of one of their Select Mattress Sets. Visit Holder Bedding, mention Lafayette Urban Ministry, and get $200 off.

This is an exciting  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 November 30,
Holder Bedding will Match your Donation to LUM.

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.

Holder Bedding to Match Your LUM Donation


EXPIRED – November 30, 2018 at Midnight

Holder Bedding Match Program – November 2018

Once again, Holder Bedding, Inc. of Lafayette is sponsoring the annual LUM “Match Program.”
Starting November 1, your donation to Lafayette Urban Ministry will be matched dollar-for-dollar.
Stay tuned for more information on the Holder Bedding Match Program. Don’t miss your opportunity to double your donation to LUM during the month of November.

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

LUM’s Impact – So Far This Year – 2018


From Joe Micon, LUM Executive Director

It’s hard to believe that it’s October already!

Just two months ago, the LUM staff was deeply engaged in summer programs — and now in a blink of an eye it’s time to get ready for Jubilee ChristmasPort of Hope,the Community Thanksgiving Celebration and the Turkey Trot 5K Run!

You’d be impressed with the impact that LUM has had on the families, children and individuals in our community. So far this year, 3,945 different low-income households have been served by LUM. Lafayette Urban Ministry has nurtured and educated children, sheltered families, fed the hungry, helped the homeless become self-sufficient, supported the legal immigrant, and given HOPE &HELP to the faceless and voiceless.

All of this is due to the faithful work carried on every day and night by LUM.


Here is a better snapshot of LUM’s impact (through September 30, 2018):

Thanks to your special friendship and generous support, LUM continues to make our community a better place for all of its citizens. Please remember LUM through the final three months of 2018 by participating in one of our upcoming events, volunteering, and by giving a generous financial gift!

God bless you for all you do that allows LUM to make a difference with the families in our community.


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LUM’s Impact in 2018 (So Far)


LUM Programs 2018 Statistics – First Five Months

During the first five months of 2018, Lafayette Urban Ministry services have touched the lives of 2,737 households through one or another of our 16 programs. Families were strengthened, and children were educated.



Some LUM program details (from January 1 – May 31, 2018) are as follows:

STRENGTHENING FAMILIES

  • Emergency Shelter for the homeless—375 individuals were provided overnight accommodations 5,393 times. The average guest utilized LUM’s shelter 13 nights during that time frame.
  • Good Samaritan Program—$47,103 in direct cash assistance was provided 697 times to 544 households.
  • Haircuts—60 individuals received free haircuts.
  • ID Clinic—65 individuals were served.
  • Immigration Clinic—83 individuals were served.
  • New Opportunity Fund—8 individuals received grants to move into their own homes.
  • St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry—2,768 households were served. 1,376 were new families.
  • Tax Assistance Program (free income tax preparation for low-wage workers)—522 tax returns filed from mid-January through mid-April. Tax refunds and credits totaling $406,444 were returned to those households — an average refund of $1,736 per household. The average annual adjusted gross income for those served by the program was $20,502.
  • Winter Warming Station—132 individuals used the Winter Warming Station for a total of 485 visits.

SUPPORTING CHILDREN

  • 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program (started on May 29)—50 children have been enrolled this summer.
  • After School Program—66 Kindergarten through 8th grade students participated in the program during the 2017 – 2018 school year, which ended on May 25.
  • LUM Camp—90 children, 40 counselors and 25 program leaders will be in attendance at this overnight summer camp for children (8 to 10 years old) during the first week of August. 35 children have signed up so far.

Thank you for your support so far this year. LUM couldn’t do it without you.


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Meet the LUM 5th Quarter Summer Teachers


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

 


Pictured (from L to R) with Amanda Bajzatt, LUM youth programs director, the teachers are as follows:
  • Renu Bhatia. Renu grew up in Indore, India and now lives in West Lafayette. She earned a BA in sociology from Sophia College in Mumbai, took several classes at Purdue, and is a Certified Pharmacy Technician.
  • Danny Pollitt. Danny is from Peoria, Illinois and lives in Lafayette. He has a Bachelor’s from Purdue in Social Studies Education, with minors in History & Political Science.
  • Derrick Williams-Bacon. Derrick is from West Lafayette. He earned a BS in Organizational Leadership & Supervision and a Master’s in Technology Education, both from Purdue.
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, click HERE or email Amanda Bajzatt at abajzatt@lumserve.org.

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5th Quarter – Summer Daycare Has Begun


LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program 2018

Each year at this time the LUM childcare programs transition from after school care to full-day summer childcare. LUM After School Program concluded another successful year, and the LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program sessions have begun.

The LUM 5th Quarter is offered Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., and includes active learning, crafts and recreation, free lunch, and study trips. The summer childcare program is dedicated to closing the academic achievement gap for these students. Once the school year begins again in the Fall, the LUM students who may typically struggle academically will be better prepared than their peers because of 5th Quarter’s focus on enriched and experiential learning.

If you wish to support the LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program — you may make a monetary donation and/or sponsor a field/study trip. For more information on 5th Quarter, click HERE or email Amanda Bajzatt at abajzatt@lumserve.org.


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